2019 Mazda CX-9 vs 2019 Honda Pilot

Passenger side exterior view of a gray 2019 Mazda CX-9 on the left "vs" driver side exterior view of a blue 2019 Honda Pilot on the right

Searching for an attractive and accommodating SUV can be a difficult endeavor because of all the available options that are out there for you to pick between. Two of the best overall full-size SUVs on the market today are the 2019 Mazda CX-9 and the 2019 Honda Pilot. Both of these vehicles have long, lean, and athletic exterior appeal as well as powerful and efficient engines under the hood and ample interior cargo and passenger space. All of their similarities make the differences between the 2019 Mazda CX-9 and the 2019 Honda Pilot stand out even more. Find out all of the similarities and differences between the Mazda CX-9 and the Honda Pilot right here below to help you decide which one meets your personal needs better.

2019 Mazda CX-9


2019 Honda Pilot

2.5L SKYACTIV®-G Dynamic Pressure Turbo 4-Cylinder Standard Engine 3.5L V6
250 HP/ 310 LB-FT Horsepower/ Torque 280 HP/ 262 LB-FT
SKYACTIV®-Drive 6-Speed Automatic Standard Transmission 6-Speed Automatic
22 MPG City 28 MPG HWY Fuel Economy 19 MPG City/ 27 MPG HWY

Compare the 2019 Mazda CX-9 & the 2019 Honda Pilot

The easily digestible chart above depicts the standard drivetrain specs of the 2019 Mazda CX-9 and the 2019 Honda Pilot and as you can see the CX-9 delivers better fuel efficiency and torque than the Pilot does. Neither the 2019 Mazda CX-9 or the 2019 Honda Pilot make available another engine option but they both offer All-Wheel Drive (AWD) to all trim levels and the top trim level of both receive standard AWD.

There is standard seating for seven people in the 2019 Mazda CX-9 thanks to 2nd-row captain’s chairs while the 2019 Honda Pilot has a 2nd-row bench seat for 8-passenger seating. Only the top trim level of the 2019 Honda Pilot comes with standard 2nd-row captain’s chairs. Even with seven-passenger seating the 2019 Mazda CX-9 provides passengers with more 1st and 2nd-row legroom than the 2019 Pilot does.

Inside the cabin of the 2019 Mazda CX-9 you will find a standard 7” Color Touchscreen Display while the standard screen in the 2019 Honda Pilot is only 5”. The 2019 Mazda CX-9 also gets loaded with standard Three-Zone Automatic Climate Control, a Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel & Shift Knob, and two (2) USB Audio Inputs. You can find similar features in the 2019 Honda Pilot once you start paying for trim level upgrades. In the end these two SUVs are very similar but with its more powerful and efficient engine along with its better standard interior amenities the 2019 Mazda CX-9 is the clear choice over the 2019 Honda Pilot.