Mazda CX-9 vs Honda Pilot
In the often crowded, 3-row, midsize SUV market two names continue to find new ways to distinguish themselves from the pack—the 2019 Mazda CX-9 and the Honda Pilot.
Delivering sporty good-looks and well-appointed cabins, drivers near Metairie, Harvey, and New Orleans hoping to determine which SUV is the best overall choice can learn more by reading our Mazda CX-9 vs. Honda Pilot comparison.
Once you feel ready to take a closer look, visit Paretti Mazda or go online to schedule a test drive.
Mazda CX-9 vs Honda Pilot: Interior Design & Amenities
While the Mazda CX-9 isn’t officially classified as a luxury SUV, you might not realize it from sitting behind the steering wheel.
Believing that simplicity is at the heart of good design, Mazda strips the clunky knobs and buttons, taking a more streamlined approach to comfort and convenience. Outfitted with genuine Rosewood inlays and Nappa leather seats, your evening commute never looked or felt so good.
Meanwhile, the Honda Pilot’s interior takes on a comfortable, though far more utilitarian approach to it’s interior. Like the Mazda CX-9 you’ll find plenty of storage and space to stretch out, but you might be less impressed with its plainer design.
In terms of amenities, each come standard with convenient features like Push Button Start and a tilt and telescopic steering wheel with controls. While the Mazda CX-9 boasts 3-zone automatic climate control and leather-wrapped steering wheel across all trims, you’ll have to upgrade to the Pilot EX-L before you start to see such luxury features.
Mazda CX-9 vs Honda Pilot: Convenience and Technology
Whether tackling the morning commute or heading off on a weeklong vacation, each midsize SUV can keep fully connected to all your favorite music, news, and online services.
Using the MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment system, Mazda CX-9 drivers can customize their journey through the built-in 8-inch touchscreen that offers a long-list of services including: Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link®, and more!
On the other hand, while the Pilot’s higher trims boast many of the same features as the Mazda CX-9, including an 8-inch screen, those who choose the standard trim must settle for a 5-inch LCD screen with limited smartphone compatibility.
Mazda CX-9 vs Honda Pilot: Performance Specs
Blending athletic performance with smooth confidence, the 2019 CX-9 takes command of the road without ever feeling cumbersome. Equipped with a SKYACTIV®-G 2.5T dynamic pressure turbo 4-cylinder, it quickly delivers 250 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque.
When paired to a SKYACTIV®-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift and Sport Mode, the Mazda CX-9 achieves an EPA-estimated 22/28 city/hwy MPG.1 It’s available i-ACTIV® AWD is not only available across all trims but provides a similar mpg rating.
By comparison, the Honda Pilot relies on a powerful V6 engine that easily reaches the 250-horsepower threshold though falls significantly short when it comes to torque. Despite using an Eco Assist™ system, the Pilot also lags the Mazda CX-9 in efficiency, earning an EPA-estimated 18/26 city/hwy MPG.
Mazda CX-9 vs Honda Pilot: The Verdict
While it’s obvious both SUVs are great options for drivers throughout Metairie, Harvey, and New Orleans, at the end of the day the 2019 Mazda CX-9 is clearly the better choice in terms of comfort, standard tech, and efficiency.
To see for yourself, visit Paretti Mazda or go online to schedule a personal test drive today!
1 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual results will vary.