Compare 2009 Honda Pilot vs 2008 Mazda CX-9

2009 Honda Pilot
2008 Mazda CX-9
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2WD 4-Door EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Pilot 2WD 4-Door EX 17 23 $27,631 $30,495
Pilot 2WD 4-Door EX-L 17 23 $30,522 $33,695
Pilot 2WD 4-Door EX-L w/RES 17 23 $31,968 $35,295
Pilot 2WD 4-Door LX 17 23 $25,101 $27,695
Pilot 2WD 4-Door Touring w/Navi 17 23 $33,414 $36,895
Pilot 2WD 4-Door Touring w/RES & Navi 17 23 $34,860 $38,495
Pilot 4WD 4-Door EX 16 22 $29,077 $32,095
Pilot 4WD 4-Door EX-L 16 22 $31,968 $35,295
Pilot 4WD 4-Door EX-L w/RES 16 22 $33,414 $36,895
Pilot 4WD 4-Door LX 16 22 $26,546 $29,295
Pilot 4WD 4-Door Touring w/Navi 16 22 $34,860 $38,495
Pilot 4WD 4-Door Touring w/RES & Navi 16 22 $36,306 $40,095
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AWD 4-Door Grand Touring
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
CX-9 AWD 4-Door Grand Touring 15 21 $32,041 $34,655
CX-9 AWD 4-Door Sport 15 21 $28,393 $30,700
CX-9 AWD 4-Door Touring 15 21 $30,435 $32,915
CX-9 FWD 4-Door Grand Touring 16 22 $30,842 $33,355
CX-9 FWD 4-Door Sport 16 22 $27,194 $29,400
CX-9 FWD 4-Door Touring 16 22 $29,236 $31,615
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,631
$32,041
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$30,495
$34,655
Monthly Payment Estimate
$508 / month
$578 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 15 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 21 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Third Head Room (in)
38.2 35.4
Front Hip Room (in)
58.6 56.5
Passenger Volume (ft³)
153.7 139.2
Third Shoulder Room (in)
58.9 56.9
Second Leg Room (in)
38.5 39.8
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 39.6
Second Hip Room (in)
56.9 56.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
61.5 59.4
Passenger Capacity
8 7
Third Leg Room (in)
32.1 32.4
Second Head Room (in)
39.8 39.0
Third Hip Room (in)
48.4 43.7
Second Shoulder Room (in)
62.2 58.7
Front Leg Room (in)
41.4 40.9
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
190.9 199.8
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - 47.3
Height, Overall (in)
72.7 68.0
Liftover Height (in)
NA NA
Track Width, Rear (in)
67.5 64.7
Wheelbase (in)
109.2 113.2
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - 31.7
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.5 76.2
Track Width, Front (in)
67.7 65.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.0 8.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
18.0 17.2
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
NA 46.1
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - 48.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
47.7 48.4
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
NA 34.8
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
87.0 100.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- TBD - 19.0
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x - TBD - 12.6 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.1 x - TBD - 12.8 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21.0 20.1
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.69 3.1
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 41.2
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
19.0 16.3
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.6 37.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr rack & pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/65R17 P245/50R20
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/65R17 P245/50R20
Spare Tire Size
Compact T155/90R18
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 2000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4310 4528
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 20 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 20 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.93 11.7
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
253 @ 4800 270 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.5L/212 3.7L/227.4
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
250 @ 5700 273 @ 6250
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
MPFI MPI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 15
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 -
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.07 1.56
Trans Type
5 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.61 0.86
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.89 3.39
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.61 2.37
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.31 3.46
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 1.15
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.69
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.70 4.15
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Honda Pilot Mazda CX-9
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
1.04 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.91 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Trailing Arms NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 -

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