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2016 Honda Pilot vs. 2016 Acura MDX

2016 Honda Pilot 2016 Acura MDX
3.5L I-VTEC V-6 Engine 3.5L I-VTEC V-6
280 HP / 260 lb-ft Power Ratings 280 HP / 260 lb-ft
Available 9-Speed Auto Transmission Standard 9-Speed Auto
$35,490 MSRP $52,990

2016 Honda Pilot vs. 2016 Acura MDX

2016 Honda Pilot 4WD Off Road

As many of you know, Acura is owned by Honda. Although Acura is considered the luxury branch, many of the features and components that are standard in an Acura are also available as options in their Honda counterparts. With the introduction of the 3rd generation Honda Pilot for the 2016 model year, many SUV shoppers will have to make a choice between the Honda Pilot and Acura MDX. For many drivers, that decision comes down to the availability of features versus price. To help our customers weigh those options, we put the 2016 Honda Pilot vs 2016 Acura MDX in a side by side comparison.

Please note, we'll be comparing the base models of each, unless otherwise specified.

The comparison starts under the hood, where you'll find a 3.5L I-VTEC engine in both models. While the unit is tuned for a few additional horsepower and torque in the MDX, output figures are quite similar.

What is the difference between the 2016 Honda Pilot and 2016 Acura MDX?

Another subtle difference is in the drivetrain, where the 2016 Acura MDX comes with a standard 9-speed automatic transmission. Although the 2016 Honda Pilot gets a standard 6-speed automatic transmission, the 9-speed automatic transmission comes standard as an upgrade on the Honda Pilot Touring, which starts at an MSRP of $50,490.

In terms of efficiency, the 2016 Acura MDX is rated for 12.7 L/100 km in the city and 11.1 L/100 km in the city, and although the Pilot hasn't received its official ratings at this point, it is widely expected to return better efficiency figures.

Although you'll find a few more luxuries in the 2016 Acura MDX, savvy consumers can find many of the same features and attributes with similar performance in the Honda Pilot at a more affordable price. Schedule a test drive in the 2016 Honda Pilot to get a full understanding for what the 2016 Honda Pilot has to offer.

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