Looking for your next ride can be an exciting venture, especially with so many great models on the market. At Denton Mazda, we’ve chosen to write a comprehensive comparison between the Mazda CX-9 vs. the Honda Pilot.
We look forward to our friends and neighbors in and around Denton, Carrollton, and Flower Mound, TX, using this information to help them make their next decision.
MAZDA CX-9 vs. Honda Pilot: Power & Performance
Coming out of the gate, the Mazda CX-9 is equipped with a Skyactiv® -G 2.5 Dynamic Pressure Turbo DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine with variable valve timing. It is paired with a Skyactiv®-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission, with manual shift and Sport Mode.
The amount of torque changes based on the fuel you’re using. For example, 87 octane fuel will net 310 lb-ft of torque, while 93 octane fuel gets you a max of 320 lb-ft of torque.
On the other hand, the Honda Pilot comes equipped with a 3.5L V6 24-valve SOHC i-VTEC® engine that’s coupled with a 9-speed automatic transmission, with shift-by-wire and paddle shifters. Unlike the two tiers of torque achievement that the Mazda CX-9 offers, the Pilot manages to reach a maximum 262 lb-ft of torque.
MAZDA CX-9 vs. Honda Pilot: Fuel Efficiency
Another aspect to consider is the ever-important fuel efficiency. With both the Mazda CX-9 and the Honda Pilot coming with all-wheel drive, it's interesting to compare them on this metric. The EPA-estimated rating for the Mazda CX-9 is 20 city/26 highway MPG.1 The EPA-estimated rating for the Honda Pilot is 19 city/26 highway MPG.
While both vehicles share the same mileage for highway driving and a 19.5 gallon fuel tank, the single digital difference in city driving can be somewhat significant. In small part, it offers the advantage to the Mazda CX-9 of perhaps being better equipped to navigate the city streets or maybe more so a typical work commute.
MAZDA CX-9 vs. Honda Pilot: Seating & Trim
When cruising around downtown, you’ll enjoy a sense of luxury in your seats. In this section, we’ll compare the seating options offered by both vehicles.
The Mazda CX-9 starts off with double the leather—a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. The additional seating luxuries include a 60/40 split fold-down and reclining second-row seats with tilt and slide third-row access. The third row offers the convenience of 50/50 split fold-down seats.
The Pilot offers similar features but not as significant as those in the Mazda CX-9. While it does have a 60/40 split, flat-folding third-row bench seat, it doesn’t offer the flexibility of space that the seating options of the Mazda CX-9 does. Nor does it offer all of the standard leather enhancements on display for the Mazda CX-9 driver either. Having a standard front-passenger’s seat with 4-way adjustment is another advantage the Mazda CX-9 can claim.
MAZDA CX-9 vs. Honda Pilot: The Verdict
Now that our friends and neighbors in and around Denton, Carrollton, and Flower Mound, Texas, have read our Mazda CX-9 vs. Honda Pilot comparison, we think you’ll agree that the Mazda CX-9 is the superior vehicle.
Now’s the best time to check it out for yourself, so schedule a test drive with the team at Denton Mazda today!
1 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual results will vary.