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Acura MDX vs. Honda Pilot Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Acura MDX or Honda Pilot reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Acura MDX and the Honda Pilot truly differ in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Acura MDX and Honda Pilot reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Acura MDX and the Honda Pilot were a year ago, when the cars were a year younger and had 12,000 fewer miles on them. Only TrueDelta tells you how reliable the Acura MDX and the Honda Pilot have been recently.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2014 Acura MDX 48 MDXs, 6.4 months of data per MDX, average 6900 miles

Redesigned. Voice control system problem in early cars addressed with revised head unit. Also multiple reports of a grinding noise caused by misaligned drive belt pulleys, a non-functioning rain sensor for wipers, and squeaks.
78
100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2014 Honda Pilot   18 Pilots, 6.4 months of data per Pilot, average 5000 miles

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2013 Acura MDX   12 MDXs, 10.8 months of data per MDX, average 13300 miles

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2013 Honda Pilot 31 Pilots, 8.1 months of data per Pilot, average 13700 miles24
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Acura MDX 37 MDXs, 9.8 months of data per MDX, average 27200 miles7
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Honda Pilot 43 Pilots, 8.8 months of data per Pilot, average 25600 miles16
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Acura MDX 30 MDXs, 7.8 months of data per MDX, average 37700 miles26
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Honda Pilot 40 Pilots, 9.1 months of data per Pilot, average 44800 miles40
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Acura MDX 32 MDXs, 10.0 months of data per MDX, average 49000 miles19
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Honda Pilot 29 Pilots, 9.1 months of data per Pilot, average 59500 miles45
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Acura MDX 26 MDXs, 8.2 months of data per MDX, average 61600 miles62
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Honda Pilot 55 Pilots, 9.2 months of data per Pilot, average 73700 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
43
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Acura MDX 46 MDXs, 9.9 months of data per MDX, average 87800 miles45
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Honda Pilot 28 Pilots, 8.9 months of data per Pilot, average 82200 miles39
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Acura MDX 53 MDXs, 9.6 months of data per MDX, average 85700 miles

First model year of second-generation MDX.
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50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Honda Pilot 38 Pilots, 9.4 months of data per Pilot, average 91100 miles13
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Acura MDX 27 MDXs, 8.3 months of data per MDX, average 102000 miles27
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Honda Pilot 52 Pilots, 9.4 months of data per Pilot, average 99900 miles

Refreshed. Common problems with alternator and radiator leaks.
57
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Acura MDX 29 MDXs, 8.3 months of data per MDX, average 127400 miles30
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Honda Pilot 39 Pilots, 9.5 months of data per Pilot, average 122900 miles26
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Acura MDX 25 MDXs, 9.4 months of data per MDX, average 135700 miles

Refreshed for this model year. Common problem with engine mounts.
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30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Honda Pilot 40 Pilots, 9.5 months of data per Pilot, average 134500 miles44
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Acura MDX 25 MDXs, 8.2 months of data per MDX, average 139600 miles76
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Honda Pilot 40 Pilots, 8.9 months of data per Pilot, average 138800 miles

First model year.
78
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Acura MDX   16 MDXs, 10.2 months of data per MDX, average 144500 miles

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2001 Acura MDX   16 MDXs, 9.1 months of data per MDX, average 134200 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Acura MDX

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Acura MDX

Acura MDX Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
We've owned several Acura's over the past 13 years, this is the first SUV. The past has proven their reliability as long as you maintain them. I mean the basic prescribed routine care every 5,000 miles. I've driven many different American made vehicles supplied by my Company over the span of the last 35 years and none can compare with how Acura's hold up or perform, even with the same routine care and still offer the resale value that they do.
2009 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
I am not worried about breaking down or about expensive repairs. This is a vehicle I can keep with no worries.
2008 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Initial fit is not there
2008 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
expecting it to be above average.
2007 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
brand reputation, online reviews and ranking
2007 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
My last Acura Legend went 262 thousand miles with nothing but oil changes and tires. That is reliability!
2007 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
rated highly by Consumer reports
2007 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
i have owned several acura passenger vehicles and the reliability is unbeatable in my opinion. as it turned out i did have some front end thunks in my MDX. at no time did the dealer ever admit defeat (they all do that) and always made me feel welcome.
2007 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
trouble free operation over time
2007 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
No real reliability or durability issues in 15K miles.
Acura MDX Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2007 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Multiple trips to shop
2007 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Had to make 4 trips to the dealer for warranty issues in 18 months of ownership.
2003 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
This SUV is a dog! Engine mounts, transmission, AC, alternator, cooling fan have all failed catastrophically. I will not buy an Acura again
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Honda Pilot

Honda Pilot Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr SUV 250-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
Personal history & research
2011 4dr SUV 250-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
Consumer reports show excellent reliability, and resale value is high.
2009 4dr SUV 250-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
The previous style has been around for 5 years and the results are strong, so the new one should be just as reliable and dependable.
2009 4dr SUV 250-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
honda quality and resale value.
2009 4dr SUV 250-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
THis suv is an excellent driving auto. There is a ton of room and perfect for my family of 4. The 3rd row seats are an excellent addition so family and friends can go in one car. THe interior is well thought out and ergonomic. Its an excellent suv.
2009 4dr SUV 250-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
HOnda just has a good rep
2009 4dr SUV 250-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
Honda offers very reliable vehicles and I know first had as I typically do many of the maintenance items.
2008 4dr SUV 244-horsepower 3.5L V6 w/DoD
5-speed automatic FWD
Rated highest by CU family member works in maintance and claimed that repairs were very low.
2008 4dr SUV 244-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
Its a Honda, they are always rated very high in all the publications i subscribe to
2008 4dr SUV 244-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
very high build quality-although we have a transmission leak.