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2016 Honda Pilot Vs 2016 Mazda CX-9 near Fort Pierce, FL

Serving Vero Beach, Port St. Lucie, Sebastian, Palm Bay & Fellsmere

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Are you considering surprising your family with a shiny new SUV or crossover? Or, perhaps the whole family already knows it is time for an upgrade; either way, the Honda Pilot is an excellent choice for drivers who want a versatile, spacious, and fuel-efficient SUV at an affordable price. Honda's popular mid-size SUV has gotten even better with the recent release of its latest version, the 2016 Pilot. Vatland Honda proudly serves residents near Vero Beach, Fort Pierce, Palm Bay, Port St. Lucie, Sebastian, Fellsmere, and surrounding areas as one of the area's go-to Honda dealerships. We would like to invite nearby drivers to visit our Vero Beach, FL showroom to test drive the stunning new Honda Pilot. You can start shopping our inventory of Pilots and other Honda vehicles here on our website; then, stop into our dealership location to speak with one of our helpful sales team members.

While here on the Vatland Honda website, you can not only shop our current inventory, but also research Honda vehicles and compare them to the competition. To see how the 2016 Honda Pilot stacks up against the Mazda CX-9, continue reading below!

Starting Price and Standard Features

If you would like to get into a shiny new mid-size SUV or crossover at the lowest price possible, then you should consider the 2016 Honda Pilot over Mazda's CX-9. With a starting MSRP that is over $1,000 less than the CX-9, the 2016 Pilot offers great value to drivers and families. For the starting price of $30,145, the Pilot comes equipped with a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera, a 280-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine, 8-passenger seating, and 18-inch alloy wheels. Honda is well-known for providing great value, and clearly the Pilot is no different!

Standard Horsepower and Performance

One of the most glaring differences between the 2016 Honda Pilot and its new rival from Mazda is their performance and capabilities. Beneath the hood of every 2016 Pilot is Honda's familiar 3.5-liter V6 engine, producing a powerful 280 hp and 262 lb.-ft. of torque. Power can be delivered to either two wheels or all four, thanks to standard 2WD and the available all-wheel drive (AWD) system. In contrast, Mazda's latest SUV is only currently available with a turbocharged, 2.5-liter inline-four engine, with a meager output of just 227 horses. That's right; the Pilot overpowers the CX-9 by a whopping 53 hp! You will certainly notice the extra horses on tap when you merge onto a busy onramp or enter the passing lane. While both of these mid-size SUVs provide impressive fuel economy, the Mazda isn't even close when it comes to the power and performance department.

Standard Fuel Capacity

If you want to go further on one tank of gas, then choosing the 2016 Honda Pilot of the Mazda CX-9 is a smart choice. Thanks to its greater fuel capacity, you can spend more time driving and less time pulling over for fuel than drivers of the CX-9. The new Pilot is also highly fuel-efficient too, returning up to an EPA-estimated 19 city/27 highway/22 combined mpg rating. With Honda's new Pilot, you don't have to choose between performance, capability, and efficiency!

Passenger Space

If you want to have the capability to transport up to eight people in comfort in your new SUV, then you will want to pass on the Mazda CX-9 and get into a Honda Pilot. The Pilot comes standard with 8-passenger seating, while Mazda's CX-9 only offers seating for seven. Passenger volume is also significantly greater in the Honda, with 152.9 cubic feet compared to the Mazda's 135.1. Of course, that difference in overall passenger space translates into a more comfortable cabin for all eight passengers -- or seven passengers in the case of the CX-9. For instance, the Pilot provides more headroom, shoulder room, and hip room for all passengers, along with more third-row legroom. When shopping for a mid-size SUV, why not choose the one that is more spacious and versatile?

Cargo Capacity

Drivers who are in the market for a mid-size SUV are typically looking for a vehicle with substantial cargo-hauling abilities, and if that is the case for you and your family, then the Pilot is a smart choice. Standard cargo capacity in the Pilot, or the space available when all rows of seats are in the upright position, is 16.5 cubic feet, compared to just 14.4 in the CX-9. When the back two rows of seating are folded down, cargo space in the Pilot balloons to an impressive 83.9 cubic feet; in the CX-9, you will find a mere 71.3 cubic feet available.

Safety Features and Technology

While Mazda's all-new CX-9 offers quite an impressive list of safety technologies, it still can't quite compare to Honda's 2016 Pilot. One of the highlights of the 2016 Honda Pilot SUV's safety features is its innovative Honda Sensing™ system, which utilizes a host of smart technologies to better alert the driver to possible obstacles or collisions before they occur. The Road Departure Mitigation system uses a small camera to identify road markers, like lane dividers and raised pavement markers, and alerts the driver if it senses that the vehicle is about to leave the road; it can even take corrective action to avoid the vehicle from doing so! A Lane Keeping Assist System adjusts the steering wheel if it detects that the Pilot is straying from the center of the detected lane without signaling first. The Pilot's Adaptive Cruise Control helps you maintain a set following distance behind the vehicle in front of you, so you don't have to manually change your speed. Honda's Collision Mitigation Braking System™ can bring the 2016 Pilot to a stop if it detects an otherwise unavoidable collision with a vehicle in front of you. These are just a few of the highly advanced driver-assist technologies that you can find on the Pilot. A review of the high-tech safety features that are available on the 2016 Honda Pilot includes:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow (ACC)
  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Dynamic Guidelines
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Lane keeping assist system
  • Lane sway warning system
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Radar- or camera-based collision preparation system
  • Automatic braking, high-speed or partial
  • Forward collision warning

Safety Ratings

If you are searching for an extremely safe SUV for your family, then your best bet is the 2016 Honda Pilot. The NHTSA has awarded the 2016 Pilot with a 5-Star Overall Rating for the crash tests it conducts, meaning that Honda's SUV is about as safe as a modern vehicle gets! As of the writing of this article, the NHTSA has yet to test Mazda's new CX-9, so only time will tell how well it does on its crash tests.

Are you ready to get behind the wheel of a versatile and spacious 2016 Honda Pilot SUV for a test drive? If you live near the cities of Vero Beach, Fort Pierce, Palm Bay, Port St. Lucie, Sebastian, Fellsmere, and surrounding areas, then visit Vatland Honda of Vero Beach, FL. Once you drive Honda's latest version of its popular mid-size SUV, you will be ready to drive one home!

*19 city/27 highway/22 combined mpg rating for 2WD 6AT models. 18 city/26 highway/21 combined mpg rating for AWD 6AT models. 20 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg rating for 2WD 9AT models. 19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg rating for AWD 9AT models. Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

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