Comparison: 2018 Mazda CX-9 vs 2018 Honda Pilot

Comparison: 2018 Mazda CX-9 vs 2018 Honda Pilot

Kansas City area drivers who need a three-row SUV for the whole family may want to know how the 2018 Mazda CX-9 stacks up to the 2018 Honda Pilot.

While Honda has a good reputation, the Pilot has a few shortfalls when you compare it to the CX-9. See the differences between these top-selling SUVs, then visit us in Overland Park to test drive a Mazda.

Safety Tech and Ratings

Mazda CX-9

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Mazda CX-9 a 2018 Top Safety Pick, awarding it best-possible scores in all crashworthiness categories as well as crash avoidance and mitigation.

CX-9 trims include Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, and Signature. Sport models come standard with LED exterior lighting for superior visibility, a rearview camera, Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Smart City Brake Support, and Hill Launch Assist.

The base model is also available with High Beam Control, automatic headlights, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go, rain sensing wipers, and Smart Brake Support. Upper trims are also available or standard with these driver assistance features. The CX-9 Signature adds front and rear sensors.

Honda Pilot

The IIHS also named the Pilot a 2018 Top Safety Pick, but it wasn’t evaluated for passenger-side small overlap front impact and it earned one point lower than the CX-9 in crash avoidance and mitigation.

Pilot trims include LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite. Today, most automakers known for quality equip all of their vehicles with driver assistance technology, but not Honda. The base model includes a multi-angle rearview camera, but the Honda Sensing suite of safety tech is available on EX and EX-L trims and standard only on upper trims. Also, only the Elite has a Blind Spot Information System and rain-sensing wipers.

Entertainment and Convenience

Mazda CX-9

The CX-9 Sport is standard equipped with three-zone climate control and the renowned MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment system, which includes Multifunction Commander control, Bluetooth, voice command, Radio Broadcast Data, Aha radio, Pandora radio, Stitcher radio, SMS text function, and E911 emergency notification. The Touring trim adds an 8-inch touchscreen display.

The CX-9 Grand Touring includes Bose Centerpoint2 Surround Sound audio with AudioPilot and 12 speakers, as well as HD Radio, MAZDA NAVIGATION™, and Sirius XM Radio.

Honda Pilot

The Pilot LX will leave you wanting more, as it includes Bluetooth, USB Audio Interface, and a 5-inch color screen – and that’s it. The EX trim adds three-zone climate control, SMS text function, Sirius XM Radio, Pandora, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The EX-L adds available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System and the option for rear seat entertainment. The premium audio option has 10 speakers and a subwoofer.

While the CX-9 presents a better value on paper, you’ll need to test drive it to get the full experience. Visit us in Overland Park today.

Pricing

Mazda CX-9

Starting at $32,130 MSRP

Honda Pilot

Starting at $30,900 MSRP

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