Acura MDX vs Honda Pilot – Which one should you choose?


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Are you finding yourself lost in choosing between an Acura MDX and a Honda Pilot? Let's tell you about them then, you choose later. Check here!

Both the Acura MDX and the Honda Pilot are popular models in the Nigerian automobile market recently. Initially, it was looking as if Honda would lose the plot, but since the year 2016, the brand got back on track. Acura being the new wave across the globe is causing so much sensation as people are desiring to just own or drive one.

But, wants to take this moment and break it to you that these two brands are the same. Yes, that’s right. Don’t be shocked, Acura is actually a sister brand to Honda, that’s how related they are. So, we just think you should be aware of that in case you are Honda fan wanting to go the Acura path, it's perfectly fine. We hope you are clear about that fact now. Now, let us talk about the main differences between the Acura MDX and Honda Pilot, shall we?

1. Acura MDX vs Honda Pilot: A brief discussion

Lots of elements and features differ in these two automobiles and clearly shows so many differences between them. Below are some of these features and elements:

1.1. The evaluation of both models

Acura MDX and Honda Pilot are both among the list of masterpiece automobiles ever made in history. It can be really difficult to compare these two models because when it comes to the interior layout, they both have 3 rows. Also, when it comes to safety and security, both of them have equal ranks.

And they both possess features like front-wheel drive, front shoulder belt (adjustable), seat belt pretensions (front), side-impact head, front-side impact, and frontal airbags for both passenger and driver. The list still goes on with: warning system (blind spot), crash mitigation brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, stability system (electronic), and 4-wheel antilock brake.

Both of these cars have an excellent record as the Honda Pilot won the “2017 United States News best 3-Row SUV for families use” award, and the Acura MDX won a similar award in the same competition with the award title – “Best 2017 Luxury 3-Row SUV for the Money”. Also, you might find the Bluetooth capabilities in both of these cars almost identical. Nonetheless, they will both pass for an innovative classy car in any requirement you might have. The Acura MDX and Honda Pilot both have enough storage space, as well as a similar level of torque and horsepower.

1.2. Honda Pilot features

Even with all those similarities that we pointed out above, the Honda Pilot can be immediately obvious in superiority to the Acura MDX when it comes to technology inside.


The Honda Pilot has driver assistance Honda Sensing suite which delivers more safety features

Achieving up to an impressive 27-highway miles/gallon, the Honda Pilot seems amazing. We should also remember the driver’s assistance Honda Sensing suite which gives a desirable peace of mind to anyone that steps behind the wheels. Some of the sub-features that comes with it include:

  • Collision Alleviation Braking System
  • Lane Keeping Assist System
  • Adaptive Car Control
  • Road Departure Alleviation System

If you are wondering if this popular model from Honda fits your budget, this comprehensive list of Honda Pilot price in Nigeria in our Car Price category is for your reference. 

1.3. Acura MDX features

The Acura MDX is fully loaded with impressive features like rear torque (motor driven), active damper system, 7-speed dual clutch, sports hybrid, 321 horsepower, 35,000 pounds towing capacity, and the 3.0 Liter engine. In addition, the Acura watch actually comes with a standard 7-inch touch screen and a knob operated screen of 8-inch as an option. Moreover, the Acura MDX has a perfect luxurious overall look with its alluring and bold styling and it's worth its price which is a bit to the high side. The trim level of the Honda Pilot would require moving up before it can receive this amenity that the Acura MDX has. And doing this to the Honda Pilot could make driving the car inconvenient.

2016 Acura MDX Review - Comparing the MDX to the 2016 Honda Pilot

2. Conclusion

We will conclude by just pointing out that the Acura MDX and Honda Pilot almost have the same elements when compared. Nonetheless, we would just suggest that you list out your desired requirements and match it with each of their features to really pick the best for you. But mere looking at them, you might just realize they look the same.

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Oluwaseun Solomon
Oluwaseun Solomon

Oluwaseun Solomon

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Oluwaseun Solomon is a prolific and diligent automobile writer at He's also an experienced digital marketer and a creative multimedia developer that specializes in video editing. He currently contributes informative and easy to read articles on topics covering transportation, traffic updates, auto industry updates, and different car reviews.
When Solomon is not writing, you will either find him composing music, editing videos or simply enjoying YouTube "TEDx Talk" videos with a chilled drink :)

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