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2021 Honda Pilot vs. 2020 Acura MDX

2021 Honda Pilot vs. 2020 Acura MDX

2021 Honda Pilot


2020 Acura MDX

$32,250 MSRP*

Starting Price (Entry-Level Trim)

$44,500 MSRP
$48,420 MSRP*

Starting Price (Top Trim)

$60,250 MSRP
Up to 20**

EPA-Estimated City MPG

Up to 20
Up to 27**

EPA-Estimated Highway MPG

Up to 27
Up to 8

Passenger Capacity

Up to 7
Up to 109.0 Cubic Feet

Cargo Capacity

Up to 90.9 Cubic Feet

Acura is Honda’s luxury division, so you can think of the Acura MDX as a luxury version of the Honda Pilot. That means it offers technology and performance features not found with the Pilot, and yet drivers who take the time to compare 2021 Honda Pilot vs. 2020 Acura MDX usually end up picking the former. To understand why, simply read on to see how they match up on:

  • Pricing Options
  • Power and Efficiency
  • Dimensions

Pilot vs. MDX: Pricing Options

2021 Honda Pilot trims range between:

  • 2021 Honda Pilot LX: Priced at $32,250 MSRP*
  • 2021 Honda Pilot Elite: Priced at $48,420 MSRP*

2020 Acura MDX trims range between:

  • 2020 Acura MDX Standard: Priced at $44,500 MSRP
  • 2020 Acura MDX Entertainment with Advance Package: Priced at $60,250 MSRP

You’ll be forced to pay significantly more for the MDX – it starts higher in its entry-level trim than the Honda Pilot does with its top-tier model.

Pilot vs. MDX: Power and Efficiency

Drivers come to Acura to enjoy phenomenal performance, so this is where the MDX really pulls ahead of the Pilot. You’ll make:

  • 2021 Honda Pilot Power:Up to 280 hp.
  • 2020 Acura MDX Power: Up to 290 hp.
  • 2021 Honda Pilot Available Drivetrain: Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4®) AWD.
  • 2020 Acura MDX Available Drivetrain: State of the art Sport-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD).

That said, the MDX’s sophisticated engine and powertrain don’t let it earn higher efficiency scores. You’ll make:

  • Up to an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway with the 2021 Honda Pilot LX CVT**
  • Up to an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway with the 2020 Acura MDX Standard FWD.

Pilot vs. MDX: Dimensions

Luxury vehicles usually take a hit when it comes to practicality, which might explain why the Honda Pilot offers space for more passengers and more cargo.

  • Passenger Capacity: Up to 8 with the Pilot vs. up to 7 with the MDX.
  • Maximum Cargo Space: Up to 109.9 cubic feet with the Pilot vs. 90.9 cubic feet in the MDX.

Visit Victory Honda of Sandusky to Find Out More About the Latest Honda Pilot

The team at our Toledo showroom can help you pick out the right Honda Pilot trim to meet your needs and choose between new vehicle specials to ensure you get it at the best price. To find out more, simply contact us today.


*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,045.00 destination charge, options and accessories. Dealers set own prices.

**Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

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