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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   20 MDXs, 3.3 months of data per MDX, average 4100 miles

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2013 Acura MDX   11 MDXs, 9.5 months of data per MDX, average 5800 miles

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2013 Honda Pilot   22 Pilots, 5.5 months of data per Pilot, average 5300 miles

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2012 Acura MDX 41 MDXs, 9.3 months of data per MDX, average 16700 miles19
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Honda Pilot 39 Pilots, 9.3 months of data per Pilot, average 14900 miles20
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Acura MDX 30 MDXs, 8.3 months of data per MDX, average 30300 miles

Common problem with the power mirror actuators. Earlier model years had the same problem, but for them it's now outside the one-year window of these stats.
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10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Honda Pilot 50 Pilots, 8.7 months of data per Pilot, average 36800 miles22
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Acura MDX 33 MDXs, 8.4 months of data per MDX, average 40000 miles13
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Honda Pilot 26 Pilots, 9.8 months of data per Pilot, average 49000 miles43
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Acura MDX 25 MDXs, 9.4 months of data per MDX, average 53400 miles46
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Honda Pilot 52 Pilots, 9.8 months of data per Pilot, average 64200 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
35
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Acura MDX 50 MDXs, 9.5 months of data per MDX, average 73700 miles38
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Honda Pilot 32 Pilots, 9.9 months of data per Pilot, average 78700 miles42
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Acura MDX 57 MDXs, 9.9 months of data per MDX, average 76000 miles

First model year of second-generation MDX.
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40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Honda Pilot 37 Pilots, 9.7 months of data per Pilot, average 80900 miles37
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Acura MDX 28 MDXs, 9.4 months of data per MDX, average 87900 miles55
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Honda Pilot 50 Pilots, 9.2 months of data per Pilot, average 95100 miles42
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Acura MDX 27 MDXs, 9.7 months of data per MDX, average 120500 miles37
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Honda Pilot 45 Pilots, 8.9 months of data per Pilot, average 118900 miles36
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Acura MDX 29 MDXs, 9.4 months of data per MDX, average 124900 miles

Refreshed for this model year. Common problem with engine mounts.
83
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Honda Pilot 38 Pilots, 9.2 months of data per Pilot, average 125000 miles48
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Acura MDX   19 MDXs, 8.7 months of data per MDX, average 136800 miles

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2003 Honda Pilot 40 Pilots, 9.1 months of data per Pilot, average 146100 miles

First model year.
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40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Acura MDX   18 MDXs, 9.3 months of data per MDX, average 145600 miles

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2001 Acura MDX   19 MDXs, 8.8 months of data per MDX, average 127500 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 Acura MDX Reliability and Durability

Reliability and Durability of the Acura MDX: 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
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
trouble free operation over time
2007 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
No real reliability or durability issues in 15K miles.
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
brand reputation, online reviews and ranking
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!
Reliability and Durability of the Acura MDX: 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

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