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Honda Pilot vs. Mazda CX-9

In comparing the Honda Pilot to the Mazda CX-9, the Honda Pilot has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, interior volume, overall quality score and base engine power. The Mazda CX-9 has the advantage in the area of typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars. The Honda Pilot and Mazda CX-9 have the same fuel efficiency. Based on this comparison of the Honda Pilot versus the Mazda CX-9, the Honda Pilot is a better car than the Mazda CX-9.

Honda Pilot versus Mazda CX-9 Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Honda Pilot ranges from $31,798 to $45,877 while a used Mazda CX-9 from the same model year range is priced between $30,662 to $42,000. For a new model, the Honda Pilot's price is between $38,798 and $51,617, with the Mazda CX-9 priced between $38,923 and $48,673.

Honda Pilot versus Mazda CX-9 Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Honda Pilot is 8.7 out of 10 while the Mazda CX-9's quality rating is 8.4 out of 10. This results in the Honda Pilot being ranked 2 out of 25 Best Midsize SUVs and the Mazda CX-9 being ranked 7 out of 25. Out of 61 Best Crossover SUVs, the Honda Pilot is ranked 61 and the Mazda CX-9 is ranked 10. The Honda Pilot is also ranked 4 out of 31 Best SUVs with 3 Rows while the Mazda CX-9 is ranked 9 out of 31.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Honda Pilot’s base engine makes 280 horsepower, and the Mazda CX-9 base engine makes 250 horsepower. Both the Pilot and the CX-9 are rated to deliver an average of 23 miles per gallon, with highway ranges of 527 and 507 miles respectively. Both models use regular unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

While both models are crossover/midsize SUVs, the Honda Pilot has the advantage of offering more front shoulder room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, and trunk space. The Mazda CX-9 has the advantage in the areas of front leg room and rear leg room. The Honda Pilot and Mazda CX-9 are comparable in regards to front head room.

Hauling, Towing, and Off-Road Capabilities Comparison

The Honda Pilot has the advantage of offering higher payload capacity, while the Mazda CX-9 has the advantage of offering higher ground clearance.

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2022 Honda Pilot

2023 Mazda CX-9

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$38,798 - $51,617

Used Asking Price:

$31,798 - $45,877

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

44.4%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$38,923 - $48,673

Used Asking Price:

$30,662 - $42,000

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

46.3%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.7 / 10

Reliability:

8.6 / 10

Retained Value:

7.4 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.4 / 10

Reliability:

8.0 / 10

Retained Value:

7.1 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

1 / 61
2 / 31
2 / 25
2 / 25
2 / 25
3 / 61
3 / 61
4 / 31
6 / 25
8 / 31
8 / 31
42 / 61

iSeeCars Rankings

6 / 25
7 / 31
7 / 25
8 / 61
9 / 31
9 / 25
10 / 61
11 / 31
11 / 25
13 / 61
15 / 31
45 / 61

Summary Review

The Honda Pilot is one of America’s favorite three-row family vehicles. All but two trim levels offer seating for eight passengers, though many buyers opt for the 7-passenger configuration with two large captain's chairs in the second row.

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Summary Review

Mazda’s CX-9 is a three-row crossover SUV that’s slightly smaller but more engaging to drive than most of its direct competitors.

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Pros and Cons

  • Seating for up to 8 in almost every trim 
  • Family-friendly features galore
  • Among the largest interior volume and cargo capacity of this segment’s SUVs
  • One of the most “made-in-America” models in this segment (Alabama)

  • No green (hybrid/electric) powertrain option available
  • Overdue for an update

Pros and Cons

  • Outstanding standard features make CX-9 a near-premium vehicle
  • The Turbocharged engine is a reviewer’s favorite

  • Aging infotainment setup
  • Smaller than most of its segment peers

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

Sport, Touring-8P, TrailSport, SE, Touring-7P, Black Edition, Elite, EX-L

Trim Levels

Carbon Edition, Touring, Touring Plus, Grand Touring, Signature

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

280 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque:

262 foot-lbs @ 4700 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.069 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

250 hp @ 5000 rpm

Torque:

320 foot-lbs @ 2500 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.057 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

3.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

V

Number of Cylinders:

6

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

20 / 27 / 23

Range (city/hwy):

390 / 527 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

20 / 26 / 23

Range (city/hwy):

390 / 507 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Standard

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Standard

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Standard

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Standard

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Available

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

40.1 inches

Front Leg Room:

40.9 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

62 inches

Rear Head Room:

40.2 inches

Rear Leg Room:

38.4 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

62 inches

Cargo Space:

16.5 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

83.8 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

169.4 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

40.1 inches

Front Leg Room:

41 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

57.9 inches

Rear Head Room:

38.5 inches

Rear Leg Room:

39.4 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

58.1 inches

Cargo Space:

14.3 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

71.2 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

150.1 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4030 lbs

Width:

78.6 inches

Height:

70.6 inches

Length:

196.5 inches

Wheelbase:

111 inches

Ground Clearance:

7.3 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4409 lbs

Width:

86.9 inches

Height:

69 inches

Length:

199.4 inches

Wheelbase:

115.3 inches

Ground Clearance:

8.8 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

20.0 x 8.0 inches

Wheel Type:

painted alloy

Tire Size:

245/50R20

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 8.0 inches

Wheel Type:

aluminum alloy

Tire Size:

P255/60R18