Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2017 Honda Pilot VS 2017 Acura MDX Near Houston, TX

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2017 Honda Pilot

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2017 Acura MDX

Safety Comparison

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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Honda Pilot is safer than the Acura MDX:

 

Pilot

MDX

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

149

323

Neck Stress

189 lbs.

244 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

46/243 lbs.

134/382 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Honda Pilot is safer than the Acura MDX:

 

Pilot

MDX

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.6 inches

Abdominal Force

101 G’s

113 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

52 G’s

Hip Force

304 lbs.

757 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Pilot its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2017, a rating granted to only 44 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The MDX is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2017.

Warranty Comparison

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

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 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 23rd in initial quality. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 24th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 8th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Pilot stops shorter than the MDX:

 

Pilot

MDX

 

70 to 0 MPH

180 feet

185 feet

Car and Driver

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Pilot (except LX)’s optional drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The MDX doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

Passenger Space Comparison

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

The Pilot has 20.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the MDX (152.9 vs. 132.7).

The Pilot has 2 inches more front headroom, 1.6 inches more front hip room, .9 inches more front shoulder room, 1.9 inches more rear headroom, 1.8 inches more rear legroom, 2.9 inches more rear shoulder room, 3.3 inches more third row headroom, 3.8 inches more third row legroom, 4 inches more third row hip room and 2.9 inches more third row shoulder room than the MDX.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Pilot’s middle and third row seats recline. The MDX’s third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

 

Pilot

MDX

Behind Third Seat

18.5 cubic feet

15.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

55.9 cubic feet

43.4 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

109 cubic feet

90.9 cubic feet

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

Ergonomics Comparison

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Pilot’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the MDX’s headlights are rated “Marginal.”

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

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Pilot is less expensive to operate than the MDX because it costs $738 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Pilot than the MDX, including $1 less for an alternator, $3 less for front brake pads, $31 less for a starter, $48 less for front struts, $18 less for a timing belt/chain and $993 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Honda Pilot, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.

The Honda Pilot outsold the Acura MDX by over two to one during the 2016 model year.

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