2018 Mazda CX-9 vs 2018 Honda Pilot

Exterior side view of a gray 2018 Mazda CX-9 on the left "vs" Exterior side view of a black 2018 Honda Pilot on the right

Early morning issues arise at work due to no fault of your own, but thanks to your flexibility, versatility and overall exceptional performance you overcome all obstacles in stride. It sounds like you have a lot in common with the 2018 Mazda CX-9 and the 2018 Honda Pilot, both of these vehicles offer their owners a flexible interior and a versatile drivetrain that delivers fun-to-drive performance. The eye-catching exterior of these two mid-size SUV’s are highlighted by long and lean profiles accentuated by a low, wide stance that delivers great drivability and head-turning good looks. All of these similarities equate to one difficult decision, but once you peel back the paint and run them each through the rigors, the differences start to expose themselves. Have a look at all the similarities and differences between the 2018 Mazda CX-9 and the 2018 Honda Pilot to help you make an informed SUV choice.

2018 Mazda CX-9


2018 Honda Pilot

2.5T SKYACTIV®-G Turbo 4-Cylinder Standard Engine 3.5L 24-Valve V6
310 LB-FT/ 227 HP Torque/ Horsepower 262 LB-FT/ 280 HP
22 MPG City/ 28 MPG HWY Fuel Economy* 19 MPG City/ 27 MPG HWY
3,500 Pounds Max Standard Towing 3,500 Pounds
EPA estimates of the base trim level with Two-Wheel Drive and standard transmission.

What are the Differences Between the 20218 Mazda CX-9 & the 2019 Honda Pilot?

As you can see from the chart above the 2018 Mazda CX-9’s standard engine outperforms the 2018 Honda Pilot’s in almost all major categories with the exception of horsepower. The 2018 CX-9 has spacious seating for seven with 41” & 39.4” of first and second-row legroom respectively, while the 2018 Pilot has seating for eight and equal front seat legroom but only has 38.4” of second-row legroom. The larger and less-efficient 2018 Honda Pilot does provide more interior space than the 2018 Mazda CX-9, but that is about the only thing on the inside that it has more of than the 2018 Mazda CX-9. Standard interior features of the 2018 CX-9 include, a Three-Zone Automatic Climate Control, a Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel & Shift Knob, a 7” Color Touchscreen, and even three USB ports to make sure everyone’s device stays charged for the duration of any trip. You can get all of these same features on the 2018 Honda Pilot with an additional upgrade charge. The 2018 Mazda CX-9 offers a more efficient engine, spacious seating, and standard features the 2018 Pilot can’t touch, making the 2018 Mazda CX-9 the clear choice over the 2018 Honda Pilot. Come and find your favorite color 2018 Mazda CX-9 at Royal South Mazda in Bloomington, IN today.