The Honda Pilot and GMC Acadia are both three-row SUVs, but they take two routes to get there, and that can make all the difference. Both are family-friendly, comfortable, spacious and practical and also offer off-road style equipment. That’s about where the similarities end.
Here’s how these two mid-range crossovers compare. Note that a brand new Pilot is coming for 2023. This comparison uses the 2022 model currently on dealer lots. We’ll take another look when the 2023 pilot is here.
2022 Honda pilot
The Honda Pilot 2022 is well equipped, safe and practical. It has a high resale value, a strong standard V6 engine and a spacious, practical cabin with room for up to eight passengers. Prices start at $38,080. price yours or vCheck out deals near you.
Honda pilot highlights
Feature-rich base model: The Pilot Sport is the new basic model in the Pilot series, but despite its entry-level role it is surprisingly well equipped. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come standard, as do 3-zone climate control, heated/power front seats, an 8-inch infotainment screen and Honda Sensing active safety features.
Honda Sensing active safety: Using a radar sensor and front camera, the Honda Sensing active safety suite includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, braking with collision mitigation and road deviation mitigation. While these aren’t the most advanced active safety features, they’re included in the base model, so you don’t have to buy the top fairing just to get them.
Off-road oriented Pilot TrailSport: The new TrailSport trim takes the Pilot’s all-wheel drive (AWD) version and raises the suspension by 0.6 inches while also adding off-road tires with reinforced sidewalls, orange accent stitching on the leather upholstery and matching TrailSport badging. Honda plans to make the TrailSport name an off-road sub-brand for its trucks and SUVs.
2023 GMC Acadia
The 2023 GMC Acadia carves its own path through the midsize crossover forest, with an unusual 6-seater cabin layout thanks to second-row captain’s chairs in all models. Prices start at $36,800. price yours or View offers near you.
GMC Acadia highlights
Luxurious Denali trimmings: At the top of the Acadia lineup is the Acadia Denali, which offers three new exterior colors for 2023 (Volcanic Red Tintcoat, Ultra Blue Metallic, and Sterling Metallic) and a wrapped steering wheel. Other Denali-exclusive bits include a unique exterior design with chrome detailing, heated/ventilated front-row seats with leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, adaptive suspension, and the GMC Pro Safety Plus package. The Denali is also the only Acadia model capable of adaptive cruise control as part of the Denali technology package.
AT4 off-road oriented equipment: The AT4 trim takes the Acadia’s on-road manners and amplifies them with 17-inch wheels shod with all-terrain tires, an off-road traction control mode, standard AWD, and hill descent control. Also included in the AT4 is the GMC Pro Safety Plus package with Automatic Emergency Braking, Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning and more.
Lots of standard technology: Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard, helping to reduce console clutter and ensure your car is as up-to-date as your phone. Also included in every Acadia is Bluetooth, five USB ports, 3-zone climate control, keyless entry and start, built-in Wi-Fi, and an 8-inch touchscreen center display.
Three row seating; strong basic equipment; available all-wheel drive.
The Honda Pilot has a more usable third row and a more usable second row, with the ability to carry two additional passengers. The GMC Acadia, on the other hand, offers more luxurious upgrade paths, especially in Denali form. Both go well with the right person – it just depends on what type of person you are.
|2022 Honda pilot||2023 GMC Acadia|
|engine||3.5 liter V6||2.0 liter 4 cylinder|
|hp||280 hp at 6,000 rpm||228 hp at 5,000 rpm|
|torque||262 lb-ft at 4,700 rpm||258 lb-ft @ 1,500-4,000 rpm|
|transmission||9-speed automatic||9-speed automatic|
|fuel consumption||20 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg||22 city/29 highway/25 combined mpg|
|Max towing||3,500 pounds||4,000 pounds|
|Also available||all wheel drive||AWD, 3.6 liter V6|
|base guarantee||3 years/36,000 miles||3 years/36,000 miles|
|Powertrain Warranty||5 years/60,000 miles||5 years/60,000 miles|
|Overall Security of the NHTSA||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Maximum seating capacity||8th||6|
|wheelbase||111.0 inches||112.5 inches|
|overall length||196.5 inches||193.4 inches|
|Broad||78.6 inches||75.4 inches|
|Height||70.6 inches||66.7 inches|
|turning diameter||39.4 feet||38.7 feet|
|Headroom, 1st row||40.1 inches||40.0 inches|
|Headroom, 2nd row||40.2 inches||39.6 inches|
|Headroom, 3rd row||38.9 inches||37.2 inches|
|Legroom, 1st row||40.9 inches||41.0 inches|
|Legroom, 2nd row||38.4 inches||39.7 inches|
|Legroom, 3rd row||31.9 inches||29.7 inches|
|Shoulder room, 1st row||62.0 inches||59.4 inches|
|Shoulder room, 2nd row||62.0 inches||58.7 inches|
|Shoulder room, 3rd row||57.6 inches||54.3 inches|
|passenger volume||152.9 cubic feet||143.8 cubic feet|
|cargo volume||16.5/46.8/83.9 cubic feet||12.8/41.7/79.0 cubic feet|