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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 49 MDXs, 7.2 months of data per MDX, average 7100 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.
68
100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2014 Honda Pilot   19 Pilots, 6.4 months of data per Pilot, average 4900 miles

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2013 Acura MDX   12 MDXs, 11.1 months of data per MDX, average 13300 miles

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2013 Honda Pilot 32 Pilots, 8.4 months of data per Pilot, average 14400 miles22
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Acura MDX 39 MDXs, 10.1 months of data per MDX, average 27200 miles6
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Honda Pilot 47 Pilots, 9.7 months of data per Pilot, average 25500 miles13
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Acura MDX 31 MDXs, 8.2 months of data per MDX, average 37900 miles24
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Honda Pilot 43 Pilots, 9.4 months of data per Pilot, average 45500 miles38
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Acura MDX 34 MDXs, 10.1 months of data per MDX, average 48100 miles18
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Honda Pilot 30 Pilots, 9.5 months of data per Pilot, average 58900 miles42
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Acura MDX 26 MDXs, 8.5 months of data per MDX, average 62000 miles55
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Honda Pilot 58 Pilots, 9.5 months of data per Pilot, average 74400 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
39
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Acura MDX 50 MDXs, 10.2 months of data per MDX, average 86900 miles42
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Honda Pilot 33 Pilots, 9.0 months of data per Pilot, average 86300 miles36
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Acura MDX 57 MDXs, 9.7 months of data per MDX, average 87600 miles

First model year of second-generation MDX.
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40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Honda Pilot 40 Pilots, 9.8 months of data per Pilot, average 91300 miles18
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Acura MDX 28 MDXs, 9.1 months of data per MDX, average 103500 miles28
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Honda Pilot 56 Pilots, 9.5 months of data per Pilot, average 101400 miles

Refreshed. Common problems with alternator and radiator leaks.
52
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Acura MDX 30 MDXs, 8.5 months of data per MDX, average 127500 miles33
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Honda Pilot 41 Pilots, 9.8 months of data per Pilot, average 121300 miles24
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Acura MDX 31 MDXs, 9.9 months of data per MDX, average 138000 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 43 Pilots, 9.6 months of data per Pilot, average 135000 miles41
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Acura MDX 25 MDXs, 8.5 months of data per MDX, average 141000 miles74
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Honda Pilot 42 Pilots, 9.4 months of data per Pilot, average 142500 miles

First model year.
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30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Acura MDX   17 MDXs, 10.3 months of data per MDX, average 147200 miles

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2001 Acura MDX   17 MDXs, 8.8 months of data per MDX, average 134600 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
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
brand reputation, online reviews and ranking
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
rated highly by Consumer reports
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
Had to make 4 trips to the dealer for warranty issues in 18 months of ownership.
2007 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Multiple trips to shop
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
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.