Compare 2008 Mazda CX-9 vs 2009 Honda Pilot

2008 Mazda CX-9
2009 Honda Pilot
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FWD 4-Door Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door Sport 16 22 $27,194 $29,400
AWD 4-Door Sport 15 21 $28,393 $30,700
FWD 4-Door Touring 16 22 $29,236 $31,615
AWD 4-Door Touring 15 21 $30,435 $32,915
FWD 4-Door Grand Touring 16 22 $30,842 $33,355
AWD 4-Door Grand Touring 15 21 $32,041 $34,655
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2WD 4-Door LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door LX 17 23 $25,101 $27,695
4WD 4-Door LX 16 22 $26,546 $29,295
2WD 4-Door EX 17 23 $27,631 $30,495
4WD 4-Door EX 16 22 $29,077 $32,095
2WD 4-Door EX-L 17 23 $30,522 $33,695
2WD 4-Door EX-L w/RES 17 23 $31,968 $35,295
4WD 4-Door EX-L 16 22 $31,968 $35,295
2WD 4-Door w/Navi Touring 17 23 $33,414 $36,895
4WD 4-Door w/RES EX-L 16 22 $33,414 $36,895
2WD 4-Door w/RES & Navi Touring 17 23 $34,860 $38,495
4WD 4-Door w/Navi Touring 16 22 $34,860 $38,495
4WD 4-Door w/RES & Navi Touring 16 22 $36,306 $40,095
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,194
$25,101
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$29,400
$27,695
Monthly Payment Estimate
$490 / month
$462 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Mazda CX-9 may be the best-driving full-size seven-passenger crossover out there. It is certainly one of the best looking and appointed. The 2009 Honda Pilot looks more SUV-like in its second edition, but it has the room of a minivan, along with some notable styling miscues and expensive choices to make from the options list.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
22 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Third Hip Room (in)
43.7 48.4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.7 62.2
Front Leg Room (in)
40.9 41.4
Third Head Room (in)
35.4 38.2
Front Hip Room (in)
56.5 58.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
139.2 153.7
Third Shoulder Room (in)
56.9 58.9
Second Leg Room (in)
39.8 38.5
Front Head Room (in)
39.6 40.0
Second Hip Room (in)
56.0 56.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.4 61.5
Passenger Capacity
7 8
Third Leg Room (in)
32.4 32.1
Second Head Room (in)
39.0 39.8
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
65.1 67.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.0 8.0
Length, Overall (in)
199.8 190.9
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
47.3 - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
68.0 71.0
Liftover Height (in)
NA NA
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.7 67.5
Wheelbase (in)
113.2 109.2
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
31.7 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
76.2 78.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
34.8 NA
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
100.7 87.0
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
19.0 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
17.2 18.0
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
46.1 NA
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
48.9 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
48.4 47.7
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.8 x - TBD - 13.1 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x - TBD - 13.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
20.1 21.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 38.6
Steering Type
Pwr rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.1 3.69
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
41.2 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.3 19.0
Tires
Spare Tire Size
T155/90R18 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/60R18 P245/65R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/60R18 P245/65R17
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 350
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 3500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4312 4319
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
11.7 9.93
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
270 @ 4250 253 @ 4800
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.7L/227.4 3.5L/212
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
273 @ 6250 250 @ 5700
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
MPI MPFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
22 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 19
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.15 2.70
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.56 1.07
Trans Type
6 5
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.86 0.61
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.39 1.89
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.37 1.61
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.46 4.31
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.15 0.77
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Mazda CX-9 Honda Pilot
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Trailing Arms
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 1.04
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.91
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 5

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