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Comparison Of The 2018 Mazda CX-9 vs 2018 Honda Pilot

If you think a family-friendly SUV has to look and drive like a snoozemobile, you haven’t been behind the wheel of the 2018 Mazda CX-9. This is a three-row crossover that even excites driving enthusiasts. The biggest and most potent SUV in the Mazda’s lineup, the CX-9 features head-turning styling that rivals any vehicle in its class. Inside, you’ll find sophistication and elegance that surpasses the interiors of some luxury crossovers. According to the Chandler Mazda dealer, Mazda’s G-Vectoring technology helps the CX-9 handle better than most vehicles in its class.

The 2018 Honda Pilot is a three-row crossover SUV that competes against the Mazda CX-9 in the marketplace. In this review, we’ll take a look at both vehicles to determine which one comes out the favorite in a head-to-head comparison.


It probably goes without saying that getting the most power for your buck is important for accelerating onto a highway or passing another vehicle. Powering the 2018 Mazda CX-9 is a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s good for 250 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque. The 2018 Honda Pilot’s 3.5-liter V6 engine generates 280 hp and 262 lb.-ft. of torque. These numbers reveal that while the Pilot makes 30 more horses than the CX-9, the CX-9 develops 48 lb.-ft. more torque. This means the CX-9’s engine sends more power to the wheels than the Pilot.

Fuel Economy

With the price of gasoline in constant flux, it’s important to get a vehicle that’s fuel efficient. This is another area where the 2018 Mazda CX-9 excels. The CX-9 with front-wheel drive gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg city/28 mpg highway. The Pilot’s most fuel-efficient configuration is with a nine-speed automatic transmission. This setup only delivers 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway.


When it comes to handling, the Mazda CX-9 is practically in a class of its own. The Honda Pilot doesn’t even come close. Consumer Reports had this to say about the Pilot’s handling: “... the Pilot feels every bit like the boat that it is. It doesn't take much for body lean to pile on. The steering is not very swift in response, and vague. All of that combines to make the Pilot very reluctant in the corners.” The CX-9’s has a smaller turning radius than the Pilot, which makes it easier for drivers to maneuver the CX-9 around tight spaces.


Towing is another area where the Honda Pilot throws in the towel. The CX-9 can tow a maximum of 3,500 pounds. The Pilot can only handle up to 1,500 pounds, less than half the capacity of the Mazda CX-9.


We can tell you that the 2018 Mazda CX-9 is easier on the eyes than the 2018 Honda Pilot, but we can’t say it any better than the automotive reviewers at Kelley Blue Book, who wrote: “The CX-9’s styling is more seductive than better-known rivals like the Honda Pilot ... We think it's beautiful.”

Our Conclusion

When you compare the 2018 Mazda CX-9 with the 2018 Honda Pilot, it’s no contest. The CX-9 wins hands down.