Looking for your next family-friendly vehicle for your Gastonia, Charlotte, and Lincolnton, NC, drives? Odds are, you’ve come across the 2020 Mazda CX-9 and Honda Pilot in your searches. Both are great options with tons of space, power, and advanced features to accommodate your daily drives.

How will you know which is the right ride for you and your crew? That’s where our team at Mazda of Gastonia can help! Check out this vehicle comparison of the Mazda CX-9 and Honda Pilot, where you can view the most accurate information and choose your new ride today!

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Mazda CX-9 Interior Space

MAZDA CX-9 vs Honda Pilot: Inside the Rides

Inside the 2020 Mazda CX-9 and Honda Pilot, you’ll find cabins that are as spacious as they are cozy, and as stylish as they are convenient. Both with 3-row seating, you’ll find tons of room to be the carpool parent for weekend soccer games. The Mazda CX-9 offers 39.4 inches of legroom in the second row, while the Pilot follows closely with 38.4 inches.

The Mazda CX-9 also comes standard with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and heated front seats, so you can ride in style. Unfortunately, you’ll have to upgrade to higher Honda Pilot trim levels to get these features.

Additionally, the Mazda CX-9 also comes standard with a 7-inch full-color touchscreen that features Mazda Connect™, which is your source for connectivity features such as Bluetooth®. The Honda Pilot comes standard with a 5-inch LCD screen, and again you’d have to upgrade to enjoy larger options.


Mazda CX-9 Engine Specs

Power & Performance in the MAZDA CX-9 and Honda Pilot

When looking for a family-friendly vehicle, you’ll want something that’s powerful, yet easy on the gas mileage. Luckily, the Mazda CX-9 offers a Skyactiv®-G 2.5T 4-cylinder engine that puts out 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque. The Honda Pilot only offers a V6 option, which decreases its fuel economy ratings.

The Mazda CX-9 has an EPA-estimated 20 city/26 highway MPG, while the Honda Pilot, unfortunately, follows behind with an EPA-estimated 18 city/26 highway MPG.

However, you’ll find plenty of strength with either option. Both the 2020 Mazda CX-9 and the 2020 Pilot have a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds when properly equipped, so you can hitch up a few extra-large items en route to your next camping site.


Mazda CX-9 Interior

Staying Safe in the MAZDA CX-9 and Honda Pilot

While everything we’ve discussed so far is important when choosing your next SUV, the features that matter most are those that will keep you and your loved ones safe on the road. Luckily, you’ll find plenty of advanced driver-assist features in both the Mazda CX-9 and Honda Pilot.

You’ll find features such as:

  • Lane-keep Assist
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Hill Launch Assist
  • and many more!

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2020 MAZDA CX-9 vs Honda Pilot: The Results

While it’s clear that both the 2020 Mazda CX-9 and the 2020 Honda Pilot are great options for your next family-friendly ride, the Mazda CX-9’s standard comfort and connectivity features, along with excellent fuel economy ratings, give it our vote for a test drive.

If you are in the Gastonia, Charlotte, or Lincolnton, North Carolina, areas, contact us at Mazda of Gastonia to schedule a test drive with the Mazda CX-9 today!


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