Mazda CX-9 vs Honda Pilot

If you’re looking to spice up your commute around Doral, Miami, Hialeah, and Kendall, you’ll want to consider a midsize SUV. This class of vehicle offers plenty of room for passengers and cargo in a body with a fun personality.

The 2017 Mazda CX-9 and 2017 Honda Pilot are two great options in the segment, each offering lots of useful features. But how do you know which of the two SUVs is the right fit for your lifestyle? This comparison from the team at Ocean Mazda will help you to get a better look at the differences between these two cars so you can decide which one is the best fit for your needs.


The Mazda CX-9 has a EPA-estimated fuel efficiency rating of 22 city/28 highway miles per gallon, while the Honda Pilot has a rating of 20 city/27 highway miles per gallon. Both SUVs offer seating for 8 and come with standard front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available for improved traction and handling on wet, slippery roads.

The Mazda brand’s reputation for catering to the feel of the drive is apparent in the CX-9, as the SUV has been lauded for its sharp steering and perfectly tuned suspension.


Cloth upholstery is standard in both the CX-9 and the Pilot, as well as seating that has been praised by critics for its comfort and support. The 2017 CX-9 offers legroom in the front seats measuring 41 inches, while the Pilot falls just a hair behind with 40.9 inches. The Mazda CX-9 has 39.4 inches of legroom in the back seat compared to the Pilot’s 38.4 inches.

The back seat of either vehicle can be folded flat for additional cargo space or reclined for passenger comfort. Available options on either SUV include leather upholstery and heated power-adjustable front seats, so you’ll be able to easily find a comfy driving position.


The 2017 CX-9 is equipped with a standard 7-inch touchscreen compared to the Pilot’s standard 5-inch screen that can’t be operated by touch. Both vehicles come with a standard rearview camera to make reversing and parallel parking much easier. Bluetooth® connectivity is standard for hands-free calling, and you’ll also get USB ports for easy charging of your devices.

You can opt for available satellite radio to gain access to hundreds of channels of music and entertainment. An upgraded 8-inch touchscreen is also available on either car, as well as the addition of a navigation system. The 2017 CX-9 offers a premium 12-speaker Bose® stereo system to add depth to your music experience.

Both vehicles offer an optional suite of driver-assisting safety features to help you avoid collisions and stay safe on your drives. These features include Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking, and Forward Collision Warning.


Our team at Ocean Mazda thinks that drivers in Doral, Miami, Hialeah, and Kendall will appreciate the Mazda CX-9’s great fuel efficiency, large and roomy seating, and high-tech features. Contact us today to schedule a test drive

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