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

The Acura MDX is the luxury version of the Honda Pilot, but is the higher price tag worth it? Once you compare the 2021 Honda Pilot vs. the 2020 Acura MDX you might be surprised to discover that the Pilot actually one-ups its fancier cousin with a better selection of: 

  • Pricing Options
  • Power and Efficiency
  • Dimensions

Pilot vs. MDX: Pricing Options

Being a high-end model, the MDX commands a much steeper price tag than the 2021 Honda Pilot. In fact you’d almost be able to get into the top-tier Pilot trim for the cost of the entry-level MDX: 

  • 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

Pilot vs. MDX: Power and Efficiency

With such a hefty price tag, it’s natural that the MDX is able to muscle up more power than the Pilot: 

  • 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).

Yet when it comes to fuel efficiency, the Pilot and MDX are straight equals: 

  • 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

SUVs are meant to help you carry all your friends and gear with room to spare, and when you compare the MDX and Pilot, Honda comes out victorious with more of what you need: 

  • 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.

Test Drive the Latest Honda Pilot at Victory Honda of Muncie

The Acura MDX is a beautiful vehicle, but you can have just as much fun with the Honda Pilot. Get behind the wheel of this capable, affordable model today and do an even better job at sticking to your budget with help from our new vehicle specials. Once you’re ready to get started, contact our team


*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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