2019 Honda Pilot vs Mazda CX-9

Apr 23, 2019 32 Comments

Hey everyone

I am looking to buy a 3 row SUV for family of 3 plus parents visiting us and planning roadtrip. Dont like minivans. Already have 5 year old Acura RDX but wife uses for work

I really like Honda pilot and Mazda Cx-9 and couldnt decide between the two as honda has everything for family comfort, safety and space but Mazda is very stylish and has a feel to it although the third row is not for adults and cargo space is low.

Parents and roadtrips will be occasional. I will be riding this car to seattle downtown everyday(approx 45 minute commute one way) from where I live so I am confused if I need to tradeoff cargo space and 3 row comfort and get Mazda-CX9 as it has a better interior and price is the same. But I am also worried if I will be pressed for cargo space and adult comfort in 3rd row when we go for roadtrips with parents. I have less than 1 year kid so cant have car seat in 3rd row for few years

Can you all help recommend based on your experience?

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  • New / Data dkPO65
    Kia telluride
    Apr 23, 2019 0
  • Amazon Meh meh
    The CX-9 received better reviews overall if you follow this sort of stuff.
    Apr 23, 2019 3
    • Amazon Meh meh
      How abt get the pilot on a three year lease, then come over the the Mazda camp after that?
      Apr 24, 2019
    • Uber
      find$

      Uber

      BIO
      Seriously?
      find$more
      3rd row is a joke. And the infortainment is very dated!
      Apr 24, 2019
  • Lending Club Donny 2020
    Get your self a VW Atlas. Excellent car/track. So much space. Easy to drive. Lane and half of turning radius. Quick. Comfortable. Great tech.
    Apr 23, 2019 1
    • Lyft
      blooops

      Lyft

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      Google, Waymo, US Navy
      blooopsmore
      Agree with this. Atlas is the VW version of the Q7, but sightly larger. We purchased a Highlander and wish we would've went with the Atlas. You get so much space for the money.
      Apr 23, 2019
  • Udacity RkcO20
    I was on the same boat couple of months ago. choose Honda, you won’t regret it
    Apr 23, 2019 6
    • Amazon avisha
      OP
      Did you also get the Navigation and Res in this one?
      Apr 24, 2019
    • Udacity RkcO20
      No
      Android auto and apple car care have better Navigation options
      Apr 24, 2019
  • Disney / Product aHzn32
    I test drove all the crossovers within $60k range with 3rd row last year in summer in my attempt to not buy a minivan, in the end I concluded if I need 3rd row so 7/8 people can fit in then I need more cargo space which none of these crossovers have. I had Odyssey and Pacifica in my final list, while Pacifica was a great option I couldn’t trust Chrysler as a brand for a car that I will have for next 10 years (unless self driving is a reality soon) so I went with Honda. Very happy with its driving experience, technology package is among the bests and yes we as family use lol the cargo space in our trips!
    Apr 24, 2019 3
    • Oath / Mgmt Atinlay2
      Different class if vehicle. In every way
      Apr 24, 2019
    • Disney / Product aHzn32
      Did try Ford Expedition however didn’t have a good feedback from a relative who had it on lease for few years. In general Chevy didn’t impress in anyway when I had Volt on lease. Didn’t even consider looking at Suburban
      Apr 24, 2019
  • Amazon bezosus
    Wait a couple of months for the 2020 Highlander. Kia Telluride or Hyundai Palisade look great too
    Apr 23, 2019 1
    • Amazon avisha
      OP
      Thanks. Will check it out
      Apr 23, 2019
  • Oath / Mgmt Atinlay2
    Those are not SUV’s, they are crossovers. You’re also not going to get 3 rows and meaningful cargo space on these. A road trip for a family of 3 plus parents plus stuff will be hell.
    Apr 23, 2019 1
    • Amazon Agent 007
      This.

      Why do you need a car for when parents visit? Is renting an option?

      Or are they staying semi-long term? That’s no longer a “visit”. If so, just buy a cheap car like a Pathfinder.

      Have you checked the Audi Q7? Mazda is not super comfortable but I lean towards Pilot if these are your only 2 options.
      Apr 23, 2019
  • Nvidia monolith
    BMW X7
    Apr 23, 2019 1
    • Amazon avisha
      OP
      Not looking for premium car. Thanks though
      Apr 23, 2019
  • Facebook Maron
    Family of 3 plus 2 parents makes 5. Why do you need the third row?
    Apr 23, 2019 1
    • Amazon avisha
      OP
      With baby seat can two more adults sit comfortably for 2+ hours in the middle row a 5 seater SUV?
      Apr 23, 2019
  • Amazon Documon
    Honda or bust
    Apr 23, 2019 0

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