The Honda Pilot has been seeing some great sales figures, amounting to about 25 percent increase last year. Coupled with the fact that automakers are enlarging their SUV sizes, it is the ideal time to bring on the 2016 Mazda CX-9.
Judging from its specs, the CX-9 would, no doubt, be a great vehicle to drive. However, how does the CX-9 fare up against the Pilot, which shares the same price range?
The 2016 Honda Pilot begins at a price of $30,000 with a maximum price of $46,500 for its top-trim Elite model. The Mazda CX-9 has a starting price of $31,500 and its top trim Signature model is priced at $44,000.
Both these models utilizes similar engine across their line of vehicles. The Pilot range comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine, making 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft torque whereas the CX-9 lineup is fitted with a new 2.5-liter turbo SkyActiv engine producing 250 horsepower and 310 lb-ft torque.
The CX-9 has a whole load of torque to give it an added advantage in regards of power response from the turbo SkyActive block. This model, with 25mpg combined, is far more fuel efficient comparing to the Pilot, with 23mpg combined, in fact, it is actually the most fuel efficient model in its class. But the Pilot still remains stronger in terms of towing capacity. The Pilot can tow up to 5,000 lbs whereas the CX-9 can tow up to 4,400 lbs.
Information is still scarce on the CX-9’s build strength but the Pilot is reported to be strong enough for all climates as well as rough terrains. Despite lacking in fuel economy, the Pilot makes it up with a nine-speed transmission whereas the CX-9 has a six-speed transmission.