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2021 Honda Pilot vs. 2021 Mazda CX-9 Review

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2021 Honda
Pilot

MSRP*: $32,550 to $50,220
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2021 Mazda
CX-9

MSRP*: $34,160 to $46,805
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Invoice* $29,764 to $45,881 $32,319 to $44,273
MPG - City 19 - 20 MPG 20 - 22 MPG
MPG - Hwy 26 - 27 MPG 26 - 28 MPG
Seating Capacity 7 - 8 seats 6 - 7 seats
Cargo Space 82.1 - 83.9 ft3 71.2 ft3
Engine V-6 Inline-4
Transmission Auto Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel, Front-wheel All-wheel, Front-wheel
Horsepower 280 hp 227 hp
Towing Capacity 3,500 - 5,000 lbs 3,500 lbs
Exterior Length 196.5 in 199.4 in
Exterior Width 78.6 in 77.5 in
Leg Room Front 40.9 in
Rear 38.4 in
Front 41.0 in
Rear 39.4 in
Head Room Front 39.5 - 40.1 in
Rear 39.9 - 40.9 in
Front 39.3 - 40.1 in
Rear 38.5 in
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** **** ****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Honda Pilot offers rear passengers about the same room to stretch out as the Mazda CX-9, with comparable head- and legroom. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between front seat comfort in the Honda Pilot and the Mazda CX-9.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Honda Pilot as you will with the Mazda CX-9, as they are both able to travel similar distances on a tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Whether you pick the Honda Pilot or the Mazda CX-9, it's going to cost you about the same. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. Both the Honda Pilot and the Mazda CX-9 have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Honda Pilot is a little wider than the Mazda CX-9, so getting in and out of the car in a crowded parking lot may be a little more of a squeeze. When looking at overall length, the Honda Pilot takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Mazda CX-9.

Handling
The Honda Pilot has the same turning radius as the Mazda CX-9, so they both maneuver the same in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When considering towing capacity, the Honda Pilot is clearly the choice over the Mazda CX-9 for pulling heavy loads. The Honda Pilot has a little more horsepower than the Mazda CX-9.

Powertrain
With its lower torque engine, the Honda Pilot doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Mazda CX-9.

Utility
The Honda Pilot offers greater seating capacity than the Mazda CX-9, making it a better choice for those who find themselves chauffeuring others around. The Honda Pilot has a roomier cargo area for putting your bags or other items than the Mazda CX-9.

Warranty
The Honda Pilot comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Mazda CX-9.