Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Honda Pilot VS 2016 Acura MDX Near Phoenix, AZ

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2015 Honda Pilot

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2016 Acura MDX

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Honda Pilot are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Acura MDX doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle seat belts.

Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Pilot deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Pilot’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The MDX’s side airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

The Pilot has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The MDX doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Pilot and the MDX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

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There are almost 4 times as many Honda dealers as there are Acura dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Pilot’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Pilot’s reliability will be 6% better than the MDX.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Honda vehicles are better in initial quality than Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda Pilot uses regular unleaded gasoline. The MDX requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Pilot has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the MDX (21 vs. 19.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Pilot’s brake rotors are larger than those on the MDX:

Pilot

MDX

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.1 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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The Pilot offers an optional full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the MDX, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Pilot is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than on the MDX.

The Pilot’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (54% to 46%) than the MDX’s (60% to 40%). This gives the Pilot more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the Pilot’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the MDX’s (37.9 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Pilot has a greater minimum ground clearance than the MDX (8 vs. 7.3 inches), allowing the Pilot to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Pilot has standard seating for 8 passengers; the MDX can only carry 7.

The Pilot has 21.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the MDX (153.7 vs. 132.3).

The Pilot has 1.9 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front shoulder room, 1.5 inches more rear headroom, 1.9 inches more rear legroom, 3.1 inches more rear shoulder room, 2.6 inches more third row headroom, 4.7 inches more third row legroom, 7.8 inches more third row hip room and 4.2 inches more third row shoulder room than the MDX.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Pilot’s cargo area provides more volume than the MDX.

Pilot

MDX

Behind Third Seat

18 cubic feet

15.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

47.7 cubic feet

43.4 cubic feet

The Pilot has standard second and third row seats which fold flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The MDX doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

The Pilot’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The MDX’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Ergonomics Comparison

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To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Pilot has standard extendable sun visors. The MDX doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the Pilot owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Pilot will cost $1205 to $3295 less than the MDX over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Pilot is less expensive to operate than the MDX because typical repairs cost much less on the Pilot than the MDX, including $14 less for fuel injection and $795 less for a power steering pump.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda Pilot will be $6832 to $14090 less than for the Acura MDX.

Recommendations Comparison

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The Pilot was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five Trucks” for 5 of the last 13 years. The MDX hasn’t been picked since 2001.

The Honda Pilot outsold the Acura MDX by 66% during 2014.

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