Mazda CX-9 vs Honda Pilot

Mazda CX-9

Delivering sporty performance and a premium interior, the 2019 Mazda CX-9 and Honda Pilot are two midsize SUVs designed to leave a big impression.

Available at Faulkner Mazda, drivers near Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, and Carlisle, torn between these stylish family cruisers, can learn a lot by reading our Mazda CX-9 vs. Honda Pilot comparison before deciding to take a closer look today.

Mazda CX-9 vs Honda Pilot: Power and Efficiency

Despite their designation as a 3-row midsize, the Mazda CX-9 and Pilot each offer exceptionally smooth handling whether navigating stop-and-go traffic or tackling a curvy mountain road. Thanks to the Mazda SKYACTIV®-VEHICLE DYNAMICS with G-Vectoring Control, the Mazda CX-9 supplies an effortlessly responsive driving experience.

Equipped with a SKYACTIV®-G 2.5T 4-cylinder engine, it seamlessly achieves 250 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque while maintaining low RPMs. When paired with a SKYACTIV®-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission and an i-ACTIV AWD® system, you’ll enjoy optimal steering and traction without sacrificing fuel economy.

By comparison, the Honda Pilot features a 3.5L V6 engine that also can reach the 250  horsepower standard, but falls short in terms of overall torque compared to the Mazda CX-9. Its engine uses a Variable Cylinder Management™ system along with a 6-speed automatic transmission to achieve tight handling and acceleration.

Fuel Efficiency

Whether loading up the family for a night out at the ballpark or taking off on a solo adventure, each SUV’s smart engineering and design allows you to track more miles while limiting your stops at the pump:


EPA-estimated MPG

2019 Mazda CX-9

22/28 city/hwy*

2019 Honda Pilot

19/27 city/hwy

Mazda CX-9 vs Honda Pilot: Interior Space and Comfort

Meticulously crafted from front-to-back, the 2019 Mazda CX-9 interior provides a welcome escape from your busy day. Outfitted with premium materials from Nappa leather seating to Santos Rosewood inlays, you’ll feel wrapped in luxury from the moment you step behind the wheel.

The Pilot takes a more functional approach to its design, offering one-touch, sliding 2nd-row seats, rear A/C ducts, and plenty of cupholders and storage bins to use on your next road trip. Unlike the Mazda CX-9 tailored dashboard, the Pilot’s dash can feel cluttered and takes a little bit of time to navigate.

Each model offers a full suite of comfortable features including 3-zone automatic climate control, power rear liftgate, and available heated and ventilated 1st– and 2nd-row seats. The Mazda CX-9 also ups driver comfort by providing additional tools like a heated steering wheel and multiple power points for charging your favorite devices.

Innovation and Connectivity

Want to look up movie times from the road? Need to answer a quick text while on your way to the office? Perhaps you need turn-by-turn directions to the best sushi restaurant in the city? Thanks to the MAZDA CONNECT™ display, Mazda CX-9 drivers will experience seamless connectivity to a range of helpful apps and online services.

Easily navigate the 8-inch touchscreen with the multifunction Commander control or through its voice-command system. Even your most tech-savvy passenger will be amazed at how easy it is to access all sorts of entertaining features including Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, and Bluetooth® wireless technology.

Meanwhile, the Honda Pilot provides its own 8-inch touchscreen with access to several apps, though its base trim level is limited in terms of standard tech compared to the Mazda CX-9.

Mazda CX-9 vs Honda Pilot: The Verdict

While its clear both SUVs provide attractive features and specs, in terms of overall quality and comfort the Mazda CX-9 outshines in nearly every category. To see for yourself, the team at Faulkner Mazda encourages you stop by for a personalized visit!