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From the spec sheet, the new Pilot is only shy from SHAWD, and of course styling differences. The Pilot is even better than 3rd gen MDX in some ways like rear cross traffic alert and LaneWatch.

Considering almost $15k MSRP difference, I really don't find any reason to purchase MDX if I purchase a family car.

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From the spec sheet, the new Pilot is only shy from SHAWD, and of course styling differences. The Pilot is even better than 3rd gen MDX in some ways like rear cross traffic alert and LaneWatch.

Considering almost $15k MSRP difference, I really don't find any reason to purchase MDX if I purchase a family car.

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Enjoy your Pilot :23:
 

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I wonder if Honda and Acura realize they are part of the same company? Other than styling and sh-awd option; you could go either way. I would consider the new pilot if the Acura dealership was several hours away compared to almost every town with 1-2 Honda dealerships.
 

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My wife and I looked at both too...but the styling and the dimensions of the MDX is what sold us...even though you do get a better value/additional features with the Pilot. The Pilot does seat one more person and more cargo...but it seemed too big for us...the MDX seems smaller and feels smaller in our opinion.
 

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Just a part of the on-going destruction of value of the Acura side of the family. Nothing new here. Move along. :p
 

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I've seen a few of the new Pilots driving around and they really do look like enlarged CR-V's. Much better than the previous generation though but not as nice looking as the originals to me.

If I were set on a new MDX, I'd wait for the mid-model refresh that's coming up. Certainly Acura will remedy any differences then between the two models.
 

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It comes down to styling. If I was considering a Pilot, then the other vehicle should really be a minivan. If you don't care about style then I assume you're practical. Dollar for dollar nothing can beat a well optioned minivan for comfort, capacity and utility. But I haven't reported for castration yet. :)
 

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Honestly, as with all of the generations of MDX and Pilot, the MDX is a Pilot with nicer finishings and standard leather. But if you get an up model Pilot, there's even less of a difference
 

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test drove the pilot EXL the same day with the MDX because of the price difference. The pilot handles really nice, but feels slower. it feels very roomy inside. we didn't buy the pilot because.

1. 2 front seats are terrible, especially the cheap thin armrest compare to the MDX.
2. since it's new, the best deal I could get is 1k below msrp. where I bought the MDX SHAWD AWP at invoice (44k+ TTL). so the difference is like 6k only.
 

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The Pilot has a much nicer Garmin based navi and a Bluray DVD. We too looked at the Pilot but the two seats in the middle row was a no go for us.
 

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Honestly, as with all of the generations of MDX and Pilot, the MDX is a Pilot with nicer finishings and standard leather. But if you get an up model Pilot, there's even less of a difference
Something to be said about the dealership experience, which may be different where you live of course. My Acura dealer is great and has loaners available. My Honda dealer takes forever and the waiting area is always busy. I would buy an Acura minivan if they made one just for this reason.
 

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I thought I was going to love the new 2016 Pilot, but on the test drive, it was too soft and felt more like a minivan. I didn't care for the front seats with the fold-down arms. After that I test drove an MDX, and there's no comparison, it's really sporty and much more car-like to drive, and it has the capacity I need.
 
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