Buying a three-row SUV is becoming increasingly challenging. Every year, another car manufacturer adds another three-row model to its lineup. They’re also all so shockingly luxurious that it’s hard to choose. Some popular options are the 2022 Honda Pilot and the 2023 GMC Acadia. Both have their advantages over each other and other three-row midsize SUV rivals. But what are the advantages of the 2022 Honda Pilot compared to the 2023 GMC Acadia?
The 2022 Honda Pilot base model is feature-rich
According to Kelley Blue Book, the 2022 Honda Pilot has a “feature-rich base model.” Recently, the Pilot Sport is now the base model of the three-row mid-size SUV. By making it the entry-level offering, buyers get a shot at a well-equipped yet affordable option. Apple CarPlay/Android Auto is standard, along with some other outstanding amenities. For example, three-zone climate control, heated front seats, an eight-inch infotainment screen and Honda Sensing active safety features.
Advanced safety features include adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation, a lane departure warning system and rear cross-traffic alert with blind spot monitoring. Each Pilot also comes with a standard 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. Finally, all-wheel drive is optional on the bottom three trims, but standard on the Elite and Black Edition variants.
Alternatively, the 2023 GMC Acadia also has some standard technology. Bluetooth, five USB ports, 3-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry and start, built-in Wi-Fi and an 8-inch center touchscreen come standard with the base model Acadia. Additionally, base models use a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes just 228 horsepower.
The pilot beats the Acadia for space
For passenger and cargo space, the 2022 Honda Pilot has the advantage. KBB named it one of the Pilot’s highlights, saying it “has a more usable third row and a more usable second row, with the ability to carry two more passengers.” Almost every dimension of passenger space benefits the Pilot. For example, second-row headroom is 40.2 inches compared to the Acadia’s 39.6 inches. Additionally, shoulder room is 62 inches in the Pilot’s second row and just 58.7 inches in the Acadia.
The numbers show a clear winner for overall passenger and cargo space dimensions. While three-row midsize SUVs are good for many things, transporting passengers and cargo may be the most important. In the end, do features even matter if the SUV can’t carry everything you need it to? That’s why the large amount of space inside a 2022 Honda Pilot helps it beat the 2023 GMC Acadia.
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Does the offroad TrailSport beat its opponent?
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New for the 2022 model year is the Honda Pilot TrailSport. It’s an off-road level that allows owners of three-row mid-size SUVs to take the whole family off-road in style. It has plenty of features to bolster its capabilities, but is it enough to beat the off-road 2023 GMC Acadia AT4? Every Pilot TrailSport features traction control, off-road tires, a front and rear stabilizer bar, an all-wheel independent suspension, intelligent traction control with snow, sand and mud modes, four-wheel drive, road deviation mitigation, a multi-angle rear view camera and anti-collision braking system.
Are these off-road items worth more than what Acadia can offer? According to Edmunds, the AT4 model adds off-road capability to the SLT trim. It is the cheapest version of the GMC three-row SUV with a V6 engine. In addition, it gets all-terrain tires, four-wheel drive, hill control, hill hold assist and black exterior training. For the most part, we think that leaves the Pilot as the more capable model. You’ll only be doing light off-roading in these midsize SUVs, so Honda’s offering is better equipped.
2022 Honda Pilot benefits
In conclusion, the 2022 Honda Pilot has some advantages over the 2023 GMC Acadia. It has more base model features, more room inside the cabin for passengers and cargo, and a better off-road trim level. Both models beat each other in some ways, but the Pilot excels in these three areas.
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