The Honda Pilot and GMC Acadia are both 3-row SUVs, but they take two paths to get there, and that can make all the difference. Both are family-friendly, comfortable, spacious, and practical, and also offer an off-road-themed trim. That’s about where the similarities end.

Here’s how these two midsize crossovers compare. Note that an all-new Pilot is coming for 2023. This comparison uses the 2022 model, which is currently on dealer lots. We’ll take another look when the 2023 Pilot is here.

2022 Honda Pilot

The 2022 Honda Pilot is well-equipped, safe, and practical. It has great resale value, a strong standard V6 engine, and a spacious, practical cabin with seating for up to eight passengers. Pricing starts at $38,080. Price yours or View listings near you.

Honda Pilot Highlights

Feature-rich base model: The Pilot Sport is the new base model of the Pilot range, but despite its entry-level role, it’s surprisingly well-equipped. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard, as is 3-zone climate control, heated/power-adjust front seats, an 8-inch infotainment screen, and Honda Sensing active safety features.

Honda Sensing active safety: Using a radar sensor and a front-mounted camera, the Honda Sensing active safety suite includes adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, collision mitigation braking, and road departure mitigation. While these aren’t the most advanced active safety features, they are included with the base model, meaning you don’t have to buy the top trim just to get them.

Off-road-oriented Pilot TrailSport: The new TrailSport trim takes the all-wheel-drive (AWD) version of the Pilot 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 TrailSport badging to match. Honda plans to make the TrailSport name into an off-road sub-brand for its trucks and SUVs.

2023 GMC Acadia

A 2022 GMC Acadia sits parked in the driveway of an elaborate modernist home. The SUV is red, with a large chrome grille. We see it from a front quarter angle, facing slightly to our right.

The 2023 GMC Acadia takes its own path through the midsize crossover forest, with an unusual 6-seat cabin layout thanks to second-row captain’s chairs in all models. Pricing starts at $36,800. Price yours or View listings near you.

GMC Acadia Highlights

Luxurious Denali trim: At the top of the Acadia range sits the Acadia Denali, which offers three new exterior colors for 2023 (Volcanic Red Tintcoat, Ultra Blue Metallic, and Sterling Metallic) as well as a wrapped steering wheel. Other Denali-exclusive bits include unique exterior styling with chrome details, heated/ventilated first-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 eligible to fit adaptive cruise control as part of the Denali Technology Package.

AT4 off-road-oriented trim: The AT4 trim takes the Acadia’s on-road manners and beefs them up with 17-inch wheels shod in all-terrain tires, an off-road traction control mode, standard AWD, and hill descent control. Also included with the AT4 is the GMC Pro Safety Plus package, with automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane-keep assist, and more.

Lots of standard tech: Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, helping to reduce console clutter and ensure your car is as up-to-date as your phone. Also included on every Acadia is Bluetooth, five USB ports, 3-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry and start, on-board Wi-Fi, and an 8-inch touchscreen center display.


Three-row seating; strong base equipment set; available AWD.


The Honda Pilot has a more usable third row and a more useful 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 are good fits for the right person — it just depends on which type of person you are.

2022 Honda Pilot 2023 GMC Acadia
Starting Price $38,080 $36,800
Popular Powertrains
Engine 3.5-liter V6 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower 280 hp @ 6,000 rpm 228 hp @ 5,000 rpm
Torque 262 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm 258 lb-ft @ 1,500-4,000 rpm
Transmission 9-speed automatic 9-speed automatic
Fuel Economy 20 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg 22 city/29 highway/25 combined mpg
Max Towing 3,500 pounds 4,000 pounds
Also Available AWD AWD, 3.6-liter V6
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety 5 stars 5 stars
Max Seating Capacity 8 6
Wheelbase 111.0 inches 112.5 inches
Overall Length 196.5 inches 193.4 inches
Width 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

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