2020 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2020 Honda Pilot | Mission, TX
Three-row SUVs are perfect for large families or those with an adventurous spirit who need impressive towing capability — and plenty of room for all their cargo and gear. Whatever your reason for considering a larger SUV, you should consider one that prioritizes performance, safety, and comfort above all else. Two of the top options in the segment are the 2020 Mazda CX-9 and the 2020 Honda Pilot. But which is the superior SUV?
When the two go head to head, the 2020 Mazda CX-9 emerges as the clear winner. Here’s why:
If you are in search of a high-performance SUV, both the 2020 Mazda CX-9 and the 2020 Honda Pilot get the job done; each is rated at 3,500 pounds of towing capacity when properly equipped. The Mazda CX-9, however, has the upper hand on torque. Its SKYACTIV®-G 2.5T Dynamic Pressure Turbo 16-valve four-cylinder engine with Variable Valve Timing generates up to 320 lb-ft of torque. The V6 engine in the Honda Pilot engine manages just 262 lb-ft of torque.
The new Mazda CX-9 SUV is also more efficient. Front-wheel drive models earn up to 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.* Variants with predictive i-ACTIV AWD® still manage up to 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.* The best that the Honda Pilot can offer is 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway for FWD models and 19 mpg in the city and 26 on the highway for AWD options.
Safety is an area where both the 2020 Mazda CX-9 and the 2020 Honda Pilot excel, but it’s worth mentioning to potential buyers. Among the standard i-ACTIVSENSE® suite of safety technologies in the 2020 Mazda CX-9 are Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go, and Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Day and Night-time Pedestrian Detection.
Test-drive the 2020 Mazda CX-9 at Bert Ogden Mission Mazda in Mission, Texas.
*EPA-estimated mileage. Actual results will vary.