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2019 Honda Pilot vs Mazda CX-9

2019 Honda Pilot vs Mazda CX-9

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When you’re comparing two similar SUVs, there are a lot of things to consider. You probably want something with more interior space—after all, that’s why you’re shopping for a three-row SUV. You also want your car to keep everyone safe, while still being fun to drive.

Which SUV offers all the above for Marlton, Mt. Laurel, and Cherry Hill drivers? Find out in this 2019 Honda Pilot vs. Mazda CX-9 comparison from your neighbors at Burns Honda.

Honda Pilot vs Mazda CX-9: Which One Carries More?

The first thing you’ll notice when you look inside these three-row SUVs is their seating arrangements. The Honda Pilot offers standard seating for eight, with three seats each in the second and third rows. The Mazda CX-9, meanwhile, only offers seven-passenger seating.

Even if you only need seating for seven, the Pilot remains a more convenient option. This is because its seven-seat models offer two captain’s chairs in the second row, with room for three in its rear bench seat. By removing a seat from the second row, there’s more room for passengers to pass through and access the rear seats.

This isn’t the case in the CX-9, which puts three seats in the second row and only two in the rear. As a result, no one is as comfortable as they would be in the similarly equipped Pilot.

The amount of total passenger space underscores this assessment. Not only can the Pilot carry more passengers, but it also offers 152.9 cubic feet of passenger volume. Compare that to 135.1 cubic feet of passenger volume available in the CX-9.

That means Pilot passengers get more headroom in every row, as well as more hip and shoulder room. There’s even more third-row legroom in the Pilot.

2019 Honda Pilot Cargo Volume

2019 Mazda CX-9 Cargo Volume

Behind Rear Seats

16.5 cubic feet

14.4 cubic feet

Behind Second-Row Seats

46.8 cubic feet

38.2 cubic feet

Behind Front-Row Seats

83.9 cubic feet

71.2 cubic feet

The Pilot is in the lead when it comes to cargo volume, too. It offers more space at every level than the Mazda CX-9. And just in case there’s not enough interior cargo space, the Pilot can even tow more. It has a 5,000-pound towing capacity on properly equipped AWD models. The CX-9 can only tow up to 3,500 pounds.

Pilot vs CX-9: Which One Keeps You Safer?

2019 Honda Pilot Features

When you’re carrying more passengers, you want to make sure everyone stays safe. Fortunately, both SUVs received the title of 2019 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK: MY19 Honda Pilot*. This award applies to all 2019 trim levels in the Honda Pilot. It only applies to certain CX-9 models, though, so you have to be careful which one you choose.

The Pilot is a better choice for nighttime driving, thanks to available LED reflector headlights and standard high-beam assist. The LED projector headlights in the Mazda CX-9 don’t light up the road as well—and high-beam assist is only available as an upgrade option.

In fact, there are several active safety features that come standard in the Pilot, including Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keeping Assist. These technologies are available in the CX-9, but you’ll have to pay for an upgrade to get them.

Pilot vs CX-9: What’s More Fun to Drive?

Practicality is important, but let’s face it—you want something that’s fun to drive. Punch the gas in the Mazda CX-9, and it will respond with 227 horsepower from its four-cylinder engine. You can increase this to 250 horsepower if you spend more to fill the tank with premium unleaded gasoline.

However, that’s still not as much as you’ll get from the V6 engine in the Honda Pilot. Even with regular unleaded gasoline, this motor generates 280 horsepower.

Both vehicles offer available intelligent all-wheel drive systems for when your journey takes you off the beaten path. These systems control which wheels get power based on changing road conditions.

As a driver, you have more control over this system in the Honda Pilot. That’s because it has an available Intelligent Traction Management system, which allows you to tell the vehicle if you’re driving across normal ground, snow, sand, or mud. The only drive modes offered in the CX-9 are Normal and Sport.

Test Drive the 2019 Honda Pilot

Whether you’re looking at interior space, safety features, or performance, the 2019 Honda Pilot vs. Mazda CX-9 match-up has a clear winner. If you’re interested in learning more about the versatile Honda Pilot, contact Burns Honda to take it for a spin around Marlton, Mt. Laurel, and Cherry Hill!

* With Honda sensing and specific headlights.

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