2021 Honda Pilot vs. 2021 Mazda CX-9 | NewCars.com

A member of the Cars.com family

2021 Honda Pilot vs. 2021 Mazda CX-9 Review

New 2021 Honda Pilot

2021 Honda
Pilot

See Details & Photos
New 2021 Mazda CX-9

2021 Mazda
CX-9

See Details & Photos
MSRP*
Get Your Price
$32,550 to $50,220
Get Your Price
$33,960 to $46,605
Invoice* $29,764 to $45,881 $32,130 to $44,085
MPG - City 19 - 20 20 - 22
MPG - Hwy 26 - 27 26 - 28
Engine(s) V-6 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 7 - 8 6 - 7
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. The Honda Pilot will cost more in terms of transportation costs than the Mazda CX-9.

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.

Drivetrain
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.

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.

Utility
Soccer Moms and those who need to chauffeur around a lot of people will appreciate the Honda Pilot more than the Mazda CX-9, due to its significantly greater seating capacity. 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.