2021 Honda Pilot vs 2021 Mazda CX-9

2021 Honda Pilot vs. 2021 Mazda CX-9

2021 Honda Pilot


2021 Mazda CX-9

280 HP V6


227 HP Turbo-Four
5,000 lbs.

Maximum Tow Rating

3,500 lbs.

Maximum Passenger Capacity

109 Cubic Feet

Maximum Cargo Capacity

71.2 Cubic Feet


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Advanced Rear Entertainment System

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3-row crossover SUVs are becoming increasingly common, so more and more drivers are comparing 2021 Honda Pilot vs. Mazda CX-9. Follow suit and you’ll find the Honda Pilot coming out ahead across factors as diverse as towing strength and cargo space, so let’s take a closer look at:

  • Power and Capability
  • Passenger and Cargo Space
  • Features

Pilot vs. CX-9: Power and Capability

Power and capability specs are a key way 3-row crossover SUVs differentiate themselves from smaller models, so it’s surprising to see the Mazda CX-9 offering such paltry engine specs, especially when compared against the Honda Pilot.

  • Honda Pilot: Combines a 3.5L V6 engine with a 9-Speed Automatic Transmission for up to 280 hp 
  • Mazda CX-9: Combines a 2.5L turbo-4 with 6-Speed Automatic Transmission for up to 227 hp.

It might be because the Honda Pilot fits a stronger engine and more sophisticated transmission that it tows up to 5,000 lbs. vs. just 3,500 lbs. with the Mazda.

Pilot vs. CX-9: Passenger and Cargo Space

Where the Honda Pilot offers seating for up to eight as standard or seven with available 2nd row Captain’s Chairs, the Mazda CX-9 can only ever take seven. Even worse, it offers considerably less cargo space than the Pilot. You’ll find:

  • Up to 18.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the 3rd row of the Pilot vs. 14.4 in the CX-9.
  • Up to 55.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the 2nd row of the Pilot vs. 38.2 in the CX-9.
  • Up to 109.0 cubic feet of cargo space behind the 1st row of the Pilot vs. 71.2 in the CX-9.

Pilot vs. CX-9: Features

Think the CX-9 makes up for substandard power ratings and interior dimensions with leading features? You’ll be disappointed. Here are just a few amenities only available with the Pilot:

  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera
  • 8-Inch Display Audio no touchscreen
  • Advanced Rear Entertainment System with Blu-Ray™ Player and Built-In Streaming Apps
  • CabinTalk® In-Car PA System

Find the Latest Honda Pilot Available Now from Ocean Honda of Whittier

Our team will be happy to introduce you to anything from a fleet-footed subcompact like the Honda Fit to a commanding crossover SUV like the Pilot. For any further assistance, simply get in touch today.

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