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Acura MDX vs. Honda Pilot Reliability

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Results are for year ending December 31, 2015. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2016 Acura MDX 24
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 MDXs, 5.9 months of data per MDX, average 5400 miles
2016 Honda Pilot 28
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  36 Pilots, 3.6 months of data per Pilot, average 3600 miles

 

2015 Acura MDX 22
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 MDXs, 9.8 months of data per MDX, average 8600 miles
2015 Honda Pilot   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  21 Pilots, 7.8 months of data per Pilot, average 9000 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2014 Acura MDX 23
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  57 MDXs, 9.3 months of data per MDX, average 18400 miles

Redesigned. Much better than a year ago.
2014 Honda Pilot 43
90% 90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Pilots, 9.0 months of data per Pilot, average 16600 miles

 

2013 Acura MDX   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  15 MDXs, 10.9 months of data per MDX, average 27600 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2013 Honda Pilot 25
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  34 Pilots, 9.9 months of data per Pilot, average 30900 miles

 

2012 Acura MDX 24
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  46 MDXs, 9.9 months of data per MDX, average 42300 miles
2012 Honda Pilot 23
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  55 Pilots, 9.3 months of data per Pilot, average 45000 miles

 

2011 Acura MDX 30
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 MDXs, 10.3 months of data per MDX, average 57600 miles
2011 Honda Pilot 21
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  44 Pilots, 9.1 months of data per Pilot, average 63600 miles

 

2010 Acura MDX 22
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 MDXs, 9.3 months of data per MDX, average 68900 miles
2010 Honda Pilot 30
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 Pilots, 8.4 months of data per Pilot, average 68200 miles

 

2009 Acura MDX 27
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 MDXs, 9.8 months of data per MDX, average 71500 miles
2009 Honda Pilot 39
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  47 Pilots, 9.9 months of data per Pilot, average 86800 miles

Redesigned for this model year.

 

2008 Acura MDX 66
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  43 MDXs, 9.7 months of data per MDX, average 95800 miles
2008 Honda Pilot 31
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Pilots, 10.1 months of data per Pilot, average 90600 miles

 

2007 Acura MDX 45
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  49 MDXs, 9.2 months of data per MDX, average 97200 miles

First model year of second-generation MDX.
2007 Honda Pilot 44
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  40 Pilots, 8.3 months of data per Pilot, average 107700 miles

 

2006 Acura MDX 57
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 MDXs, 8.5 months of data per MDX, average 113100 miles
2006 Honda Pilot 54
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  55 Pilots, 9.7 months of data per Pilot, average 121400 miles

Refreshed. Common problem with radiator leaks.

 

2005 Acura MDX 34
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 MDXs, 9.2 months of data per MDX, average 143100 miles
2005 Honda Pilot 41
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  38 Pilots, 10.1 months of data per Pilot, average 132400 miles

 

2004 Acura MDX 94
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 MDXs, 10.7 months of data per MDX, average 160100 miles

Refreshed for this model year.
2004 Honda Pilot 39
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  44 Pilots, 9.7 months of data per Pilot, average 145600 miles

 

2003 Acura MDX   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  19 MDXs, 8.4 months of data per MDX, average 156900 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2003 Honda Pilot 114
70% 70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  35 Pilots, 9.0 months of data per Pilot, average 147600 miles

First model year.

 

2002 Acura MDX   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 MDXs, 8.1 months of data per MDX, average 155700 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2001 Acura MDX   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 MDXs, 9.7 months of data per MDX, average 162400 miles

* Small sample, members only.

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Acura MDX vs. Honda Pilot Reliability Comparisons

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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
5-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
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Initial fit is not there
2008 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
expecting it to be above average.
2007 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Hve friends who have owned MDX for over 10 years and had no issues
2007 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-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
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
brand reputation, online reviews and ranking
2007 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-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
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
rated highly by Consumer reports
2007 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
trouble free operation over time
Acura MDX Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2007 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Multiple trips to shop
2007 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Had to make 4 trips to the dealer for warranty issues in 18 months of ownership.
2003 4dr SUV 260-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed 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
honda quality and resale value.
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.
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 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.
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 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
very high build quality-although we have a transmission leak.
Honda Pilot Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr SUV 250-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
We had owned a Honda Accord and a Honda CRV previously, and so we expected this Pilot to be as well built and trouble free. Not so. We've had multiple problems with the HVAC system. For example, the a/c turns itself on despite manual override. The color of the bumper is aging differently (yellowing) compared to the body. Motors in the side-view mirrors have repeatedly failed.