2018 Mazda CX-9


Ranked #7 in Midsize Suv

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Starting MSRP $32,130 - $44,315
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Key Spec of 2018 Mazda CX-9
fuel economy


fuel type

Regular Unleaded


227 hp @ 5000 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Magnetic styling

Third row lacks in terms of adequate space

More standard safety features

Engaging driving dynamics

Cargo capacity is a letdown

Sport packages which include safety features and comfort level for the Sport trim level

Premium interiors

Infotainment unit lacks touchscreen

Fuel-efficient and powerful engine

2018 Mazda CX-9 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 21, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2018 Mazda CX-9 SUV is a seven-seater offering from Mazda. This SUV is one of the best-looking cars in the market in this segment. IThis value-for-money midsize SUV offers a spacious and premium interior, with a loaded long list of features that will cater to almost all needs and requirements from a car of this class. The CX-9 also comes equipped with better safety features than ever before now.

2018 Mazda CX-9

The 2018 Mazda CX-9 range starts at $32,130 and comes in four trim levels. The car comes with a 2.5L I-4 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The CX-9 is very well known for its driving dynamics and the sporty handling that can tackle some of the premium SUVs in this class. The CX-9 is one of the best midsize SUVs available in the market as of now.

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Trim wise pricing breakdown

NameInvoice PriceMSRPNumber of Listings
Grand Touring 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)$38294$4047077 Listings
Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)$39996$4227099 Listings
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Over All Rating

7.9Out of 10

Notable Rankings

#7 in Midsize Suv

#12 in Suv

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Sport$32,130 onwards
  • Automatic LED headlights
  • Height-Adjustable driver seat
  • Leather-Wrapped steering wheel
  • Mazda'S Connect infotainment system w/ a 7-inch display
  • Rear cross-traffic
  • Rearview camera
  • Six-Speaker sound system
  • Tri-Zone automatic climate control
Touring$34,960 onwards
  • 8-Inch infotainment display
  • Auto-Dimming rearview mirror
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • Keyless ignition and entry
  • Power liftgate
Grand Touring$40,470 onwards
  • 12-Speaker Bose premium audio system
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Aluminum interior trim
  • Driver-Seat memory functions
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Head-Up display w/ traffic sign recognition
  • Led foglights
  • Sunroof
Signature$44,315 onwards
  • Exterior LED accent lighting
  • Premium leather upholstery
  • Rosewood interior trim

Used Mazda CX-9 For Sale

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Price Drop, $1000
Earlier Price: $20998
2 Jan 2023
Miami, FL

2019 Mazda CX-9 Sport

Sport 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

Est. $271/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,571 Below market
RMV: $23,569
Mileage 46,896 mi.
Listed On 22 Jul 2022 (192 Days)
Price Drop, $3200
Earlier Price: $29988
7 Sep 2022
Huntington Beach, CA

2019 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring

Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

Est. $363/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,756 Below market
RMV: $31,544
Mileage 63,824 mi.
Listed On 15 Jul 2022 (199 Days)
Norco, CA

2018 Mazda CX-9 Touring

Touring 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

Est. $271/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,449 Below market
RMV: $23,448
Mileage 83,558 mi.
Listed On 13 Jun 2022 (231 Days)
Price Drop, $130
Earlier Price: $27819
28 Oct 2022
Cortland, NY

2019 Mazda CX-9 Touring

Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

Est. $375/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,665 Below market
RMV: $32,354
Mileage 19,467 mi.
Listed On 12 Oct 2022 (110 Days)
Price Drop, $500
Earlier Price: $23998
27 Dec 2022
Miami, FL

2018 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring

Grand Touring 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

Est. $319/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,824 Below market
RMV: $27,322
Mileage 30,547 mi.
Listed On 05 Oct 2022 (117 Days)
Price Drop, $416
Earlier Price: $26720
3 Jun 2022
Hempstead, NY

2019 Mazda CX-9 Touring

Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

Est. $357/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,297 Below market
RMV: $30,601
Mileage 29,907 mi.
Listed On 16 May 2022 (259 Days)
Price Drop, $500
Earlier Price: $29450
26 Aug 2022
Oakland, CA

2018 Mazda CX-9 Signature

Signature 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

Est. $393/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,672 Below market
RMV: $33,622
Mileage 44,086 mi.
Listed On 03 Jun 2022 (241 Days)
West Palm Beach, FL

2017 Mazda CX-9 Signature

Signature 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

Est. $234/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,787 Below market
RMV: $20,090
Mileage 112,068 mi.
Listed On 27 Dec 2022 (34 Days)
Mobile, AL

2018 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring

Grand Touring 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

Est. $380/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,490 Below market
RMV: $32,488
Mileage 45,546 mi.
Listed On 31 Oct 2022 (91 Days)

Colors and Styles

Build Car
Deep Crystal Blue Mica

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The 2018 Mazda CX-9 SUV is a part of the second-generation introduced way back in 2016. The car gets no major updates for the year 2018, apart from the addition of blind-spot monitoring and low-speed forward collision warning as standard features. The car is powered by a 2.5L I-4 engine that outputs 227 hp and has a torque output of 310 lb-ft. This engine comes mated to a 6-sped automatic transmission with no other optional transmission or engine. Also, FWD is standard whereas AWD is optional. The Mazda CX-9 offers performance with great handling while not comprising on fuel efficiency.

2018 Mazda CX-9 Signature

The Mazda CX-9 boasts premium finish interiors with ample space on the inside. Its advanced technology enhances the appeal, but the display-only screen for the infotainment system is a major letdown, as most cars come with an optional touchscreen at least. The CX-9 is a safe car to be in. Priced at $32,130, the Mazda CX-9 faces competition from the 2018 Honda Pilot, the 2018 Toyota Highlander, and the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse.



The 2018 Mazda CX-9 SUV is offered in four trim levels: Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, and Signature. Pricing for the car starts at $32,130 and goes up to $44,315 for the completely loaded top trim. The car is available with FWD as standard, with AWD being an optional extra for around $1,500 over the FWD trim. Standard features across all trims include alloy wheels, LED headlights, leather-wrapped steering wheel, height-adjustable driver seat, Mazda Connect infotainment system, and some advanced safety features.

Trims Sport Touring Grand Touring Signature
MSRP (FWD) $32,130 $34,960 $40,470 N/A
MSRP (AWD) $33,930 $36,760 $42,270 $44,315
Key Features 18-inch alloy wheels Adds/Replaces features over the Sport trim Adds/Replaces features over the Touring trim Adds/Replaces features over the Grand Touring trim
  Automatic LED headlights Heated mirrors Adaptive headlights Premium leather upholstery
  Tri-zone climate control Power liftgate LED fog lights Rosewood interior trim.
  60/40-split folding second-row seats Keyless ignition and entry Sunroof Signature trim gets AWD as standard 
  50/50 split-folding third-row seats Auto-dimming rearview mirror Head-up display with traffic sign recognition LED accent lighting
  Rearview camera Heated front seats Driver-seat memory functions  

Some exterior/interior features that are standard on the higher trims are available as optional extras on the lower trim levels. Pricing ranges from $55 to $575. A package named Power Driver Seat and I-ACTIVESENSE Package is also offered on the lower trims for $1,290.

We Recommend

The 2018 Mazda CX-9 Touring trim with the AWD setup is the one we recommend. The AWD adds more control and improves handling, whereas at $36,760 the car is right on spot in terms of pricing. The Touring is better equipped than the Sport trim, and most of the features on the Grand Touring are available as optional on the Touring model.

Engine and Performance


“The 2018 Mazda CX-9's turbo-4 is a reasonable replacement for a V6, but the steering has us swooning more." -TheCarConnection

2018 Mazda CX-9 Engine and Transmission

The 2018 Mazda CX-9 gets a turbocharged 2.5L SKYACTIV-G I-4 engine on all the trims. The engine outputs 227 hp @ 5000 rpm and has a torque output of 310 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm. Transmission duties are taken care of by a 6-speed automatic gearbox. FWD is standard on all trims except the Signature, which gets AWD as the only configuration. On all other trims, AWD is optional for a premium of $1,500.

2018 Mazda CX-9 Engine

The 6-speed automatic transmission is smooth at shifts, with precise on-point shits at the right time no matter whether you flat foot the accelerator or cruise efficiently. It's quite dated considering it's been there for a while and is in need of some retuning. The turbo does have a slight lag to it, but it's nothing out of the ordinary.

Models 2018 Mazda CX-9 2018 Honda Pilot 2018 Chevrolet Traverse 2018 Toyota Highlander
MSRP $32,130 $30,900 $29,930 $33,280
Engine Turbo 2.5L I-4 3.5L V6

3.6L V6

3.5L V6
Transmission 6-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Automatic 9-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Automatic
Drivetrain FWD FWD FWD FWD
Power 250 hp @ 5000 rpm 280 hp @ 6000 rpm 310 hp @ 6800 rpm 295 hp @ 6600 rpm
Torque 310 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm 262 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm 266 lb-ft @ 2800 rpm 263 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm

All four cars are front-wheel driven and use an automatic transmission as standard. The Chevrolet Traverse is the most efficient car in terms of cost to performance ratio, being the most affordable while offering the most power at 310 hp out of all. The Mazda CX-9 boasts of the most torque figures at 310 lb-ft. Except for the CX-9, all cars use a V6 engine. The Highlander is the most expensive car on the lot. The Pilot's engine is among the most refined in this class.

2018 Mazda CX-9 Acceleration

There's a trick with the Mazda CX-9: with premium fuel, the engine power output jumps up to 250 hp, whereas the standard fuel gives it a power output of 227 hp. The 2018 Mazda CX-9 accelerates from 0-60 mph in a time of 7.5 seconds and covers the quarter-mile in 15.7 seconds with the FWD setup and premium fuel. The top speed is rated at 130 mph.

The 2018 Mazda CX-9 with the premium fuel and AWD setup takes 7.5 seconds for the 0-60 mph sprint, but the quarter-mile time improves by 0.2 seconds at 15.5 seconds. Top speed also goes up to 133 mph.  The standard fuel version takes up to 8 seconds for the 0-60 mph run. For a car of this size, 7.5 seconds is not bad at all.

Models 2018 Mazda CX-9 2018 Honda Pilot 2018 Chevrolet Traverse 2018 Toyota Highlander
0-60 mph (sec) 7.5 6.2 6.8 7.1
Quarter mile (sec) 15.5 15.1 15.2 15.4
Engine 2.5L I-4

3.5L  V6

3.6L V6 3.5L V6

Top Speed (mph)

130 130 132 150

The 2018 Pilot is the quickest of the lot, taking 6.2 seconds for the 0-60 mph sprint. The Traverse is just behind at 6.8 seconds. The Highlander takes 7.1 seconds, whereas the CX-9 is the slowest at 7.5 seconds. However, in the quarter-mile run, this gap is reduced to mere milliseconds between the four cars. The Highlander has the highest top speed at 150 mph.

2018 Mazda CX-9 Steering and Handling

The 2018 Mazda CX-9 is one great car when it comes to driving dynamics. It offers an experience that most midsize SUVs don't come close to as well. The car is quite nimble around turns and this helps with easy maneuverability. The car does have body roll around turns but it's nothing unsettling and quite manageable overall. The ride quality inspires confidence.

2018 Mazda CX-9 front angle view

Suspension duties are taken care of by a front strut and a multilink in the rear that gives a balanced ride quality over most surfaces. The steering is very stable in a straight line, and even around turns the steering is light to turn. It's very responsive, and the overall experience is super engaging. The steering, the wheels, the chassis all connect well with the driver and make driving the CX-9 a memorable experience.

2018 Mazda CX-9 Braking and Handling

The Mazda CX-9's braking setup of a ventilated front disc and a solid rear disc has worked wonders. The CX-9 uses a 12.6-inch front brake rotor and a 12.8-inch rear brake rotor, which stops the car from 60 mph to 0 mph in a  distance of 123 feet, the quickest among the four cars.

2018 Mazda CX-9 brakes

The brakes are firm and easy to operate and are not too light nor too hard. The brake pedal modulation determines the force applied, and that has worked brilliantly in the CX-9. Under emergency braking, there is a little nose-dive, but nothing like some other SUVs.

Model 2018 Mazda CX-9 2018 Honda Pilot 2018 Chevrolet Traverse 2018 Toyota Highlander
Brake Front(in) 12.6 12.6 12.8 12.9
Brake Rear(in) 12.8 13.0 13.0 12.2
Curb weight(lbs.) 4166 4054 4713 4370
60-0 mph (ft.) 123 128 126 129

The Highlander gets the largest front brake at 12.9 inches, and also the smallest rear brake at 12.2 inches. This with the Highlander's curb weight of 4370 lbs stops the car from 60-0 mph in a distance of 129 feet. That's the last one to stop among these four cars. The CX-9 stops the earliest at 123 feet. The Traverse takes 126 feet to stop, whereas the Pilot despite being the lightest car takes 128 feet to stop.

2018 Mazda CX-9 Towing

The 2018 Mazda CX-9 has a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 lbs, with the front-wheel-drive system and the all-wheel-drive system. This is the least among these four cars, and among the least towing capacities in this segment.

Model Mazda CX-9 Honda Pilot Chevrolet Traverse Toyota Highlander
Capacity (lbs.) 3500 5000 5200 5000

The Traverse has the most towing capacity at 5,200 lbs. The Highlander and the Pilot both get a towing capacity of 5,000 lbs.

Fuel Economy


The 2018 Mazda CX-9 has a fuel economy of 22 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway, and 24 mpg combined. With the AWD configuration, the car returns 20 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway, and 23 mpg combined. The Mazda CX-9 has a fuel capacity of 19.5 gallons, which translates into a range of 429 city miles and 546 highway miles with the FWD setup. 

Model 2018 Mazda CX-9 2018 Honda Pilot 2018 Chevrolet Traverse 2018 Toyota Highlander
MPG (city) 22 19 18 20
MPG (highway) 28 27 27 27
MPG (combined) 24 22 21 23
Fuel capacity (gallons) 19.5 19.5 19.4 19.2
Range (city/highway) (miles) 429/546 370.5/526.5 349.2/523.8 384/518.4

The Highlander's combined fuel economy stands at 23 mpg, and the Pilot has a combined mileage of 22 mpg, whereas the Traverse returns 21 mpg combined. The CX-9 has the most highway and city mileage of all four cars. Also, the range on the CX-9 is the most among all these four cars. The other cars have a lower range thanks to their lower tank capacity and the thirsty V6 engines.



“Three rows on paper, the Mazda CX-9 is best as a five-passenger crossover with occasional flexibility.' - TheCarConnection

2018 Mazda CX-9 Seating and Comfort

The interiors on the CX-9 are well-finished and thoughtfully arranged. Even on the base trim, there has been no compromise and everything is very appealing. The ambiance on the inside is very welcoming, and this interior should be what other non-luxury carmakers should do as well. The interiors can always be premium just from the build quality, fit and finish, and arrangement; where Mazda receives full marks. The interior space has been put to good use. Controls in the form of knobs and buttons have a practical placement, which makes accessing them an easy task. The interiors on the Signature trim are our favourite. The materials used are mostly seen on luxury cars, and every surface has a robust feel with excellent paint detailing.

2018 Mazda CX-9 interiors

The CX-9 can seat 7 passengers but we recommend 5, 6 at most. The seats are comfortable, with good support and ample space. The front seats are comfortable on long journeys and have adequate bolstering and support. The middle row seats get sliding and reclining functions that improve the overall seating experience. The third row is cramped- tight headroom and low cushioning will make long journeys uncomfortable and hence short journeys are recommended. Getting in and out on the CX-9 for all rows is an easy task. Visibility through the car is decent, but the thick front roof pillars and wide rear pillars do limit the scope of the driver's field of view.

Model 2018 Mazda CX-9 2018 Honda Pilot 2018 Chevrolet Traverse 2018 Toyota Highlander
Passenger capacity 7 8 8 8
Passenger Volume (ft. cube) 135.1 151.7 150.8 144.9

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.3/57.9/41.0 39.5/62/40.9 41.3/62.1/41 40.7/59.3/44.2

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.5/58.1/39.4 39.9/62/38.4 40/62.2/38.4 39.9/59.6/38.4

Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

35.4/53.1/29.7 38.9/57.6/31.9 38.2/57.5/33.5 35.9/55/27.7

Except for the CX-9, all cars seat 8 passengers. The Honda Pilot's interiors are roomier than most, and super comfortable as well. The car's long wheelbase helps with the great space. In the front, the Traverse has the most headroom, whereas the Toyota Highlander has the most legroom. The second-row headroom is most on the Traverse, whereas the CX-9 has the most legroom. In the third row, conditions are not so good but the Traverse's third row is quite comfortable thanks to the longer legroom and a tall headroom. The CX-9's rear row is very unsatisfactory. Some interior features on the CX-9 are:

  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather upholstery
  • Retractable sunshades for middle row passengers
  • 50/50 split-folding third-row seats

2018 Mazda CX-9 Infotainment System

The 2018 Mazda CX-9 comes with a 7-inch display as standard, and higher trim levels get an 8-inch display. This display does not support touch inputs, which implies more work for the buttons and knobs. These controls feel robust and are easy to use due to their placement. The screen is in the right position to aid quick visibility and the menu and UI are very well finished. The UI in there is simple and easy to learn. Audio quality is excellent, and voice controls are accurate. Standard features on all trims include Mazda's connected infotainment system, a seven-inch display, and a six-speaker sound system.

2018 Mazda CX-9 dash and infotainment

Some other features are:

  • Two USB ports in the second tow
  • HUD with traffic sign recognition
  • Navigation system
  • Satellite radio
  • Bose 12-speaker premium audio system

2018 Mazda CX-9 Cargo Capacity

The 2018 Mazda CX-9 has a cargo capacity of 14.4 cu-ft as standard, which can be extended up to 71.2 cu-ft of maximum cargo space. This is lower than most rivals. The 50/50 and 60/40 split-folding third and second row open up versatility while leading luggage. The flat cargo floor helps with easier loading.

Model 2018 Mazda CX-9 2018 Honda Pilot 2018 Chevrolet Traverse 2018 Toyota Highlander
Behind 3rd row (ft. Cube) 14.4 16.5 23.0 13.8
Behind 2nd row (ft. Cube) 38.2 46.8 58.1 42.3
Behind 1st row (ft. Cube) 71.2 83.9 98 83.7

The Traverse offers a large 98 cu-ft of maximum space. The Pilot and the Highlander offer similar maximum cargo capacities. The standard cargo capacity is the most on the Traverse at 23 cuft.



“The Mazda CX-9 is elegant in its simplicity- a tall task for a seven seater crossovver." - TheCarConnection

2018 Mazda CX-9 Design and Styling

The 2018 Mazda CX-9's exterior is elegant. The CX-9 sports Mazda's "Soul of Motion" design philosophy. All around the car, one can notice the sweeping lines, the cohesion of shape, and it's just beautiful. The car's proportions seem different from different angles. From the front, the car gives hints at being smaller but wider than it actually is. The front big grille sits between the two thin headlamps and the nose has an uncanny Volvo resemblance to it. The sides show the CX-9's long profile with the tapered but straight roofline and good-looking alloy wheels.

2018 Mazda CX-9 front three quarters view

The rear is simple but eye-catchy, with the thick chrome line passing between the sleek taillights and a dual exhaust setup that gives the car a sporty look. The car weighs 4166 lbs with the FWD system and 4361 with the AWD system. It has a length of nearly 200 inches and is 77.5 inches wide and 69 inches tall. The CX-9 has a ground clearance of 8.8 inches, which gives it a taller height than most midsize SUVs. The wheelbase is quite long, at 115.3 inches.

Model 2018 Mazda CX-9 20108 Honda Pilot 2018 Chevrolet Traverse 2018 Toyota Highlander
Curb weight(lbs.) 4166 4054 4713 4370
Length(in) 199.4 194.5 204.3 192.5
Width(in) 77.5 78.6 78.6 75.8
Height(in) 69.0 69.8 70.7 68.1
Ground clearance(in) 8.8 7.3 7.2 8.0
Wheelbase(in) 115.3 111 120.9 109.8
Track width(in) F/R 65.3/65.2 66.3/66.3 67.3/67.0 64.4/64.2

The Traverse is the heaviest car of the lot, weighing in at 4713 lbs. It also has the most length at 204.3 inches, and the most height as well. The width is the most on the Pilot and the Traverse at 78.6 inches. The Pilot is the lightest car. The Highlander has the least length, width, and height of all four cars. It also has the tightest wheelbase at 109.8 inches.

2018 Mazda CX-9 rear three quarters view

Some exterior features on the CX-9 are:

  • Sunroof
  • LED headlights
  • Power liftgate
  • Alloy wheels
  • Rear Privacy glass
  • Dual exhaust outlets



The 2018 Mazda CX-9 has improved in terms of safety with the addition of newer equipment. The NHTSA rated the CX-9 with overall 5-stars, but gave it 4-stars in frontal  crash and rollover crash testings. The rollover risk stands at 15.10%. The IIHS rated the CX-9 with their highest rating of 'Good' in most tests, and the Grand Touring and Signature trims were awarded the Top Safety Pick award as well. Apart from the regular safety features seen on most crossover cars, the CX-9 takes it a notch up with the addition of a few driver assistance systems as standard safety features. Some of the safety features are as follows:

  • Blindspot monitors  
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Low-speed automatic emergency braking 
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring system
  • Rearview camera
  • Stabili Trak Electronic Stability Control System



2018 Mazda CX-9 vs 2018 Toyota Highlander 

The 2018 Toyota Highlander is a powerful car and comes with three powertrain options. The Highlander is very similar to the CX-9 in most ways, with its decent performance, and a similar fuel economy. The Highlander does handle well, but it's nothing like the CX-9's sporty and efficient driving dynamics. The Highlander benefits from a composed ride as well.

2018 Toyota Highlander

Both the cars have spacious interiors, but the CX-9's interiors are more premium and very well finished. Both the cars lack sufficient third-row space, a common complaint in this segment. The Highlander however is better than the already well-rated CX-9 for reliability. As a Toyota, there's no dearth of safety features on the Highlander, just like on the CX-9. The Mazda CX-9 is, around $1,200 more affordable than the Highlander.

2018 Mazda CX-9 vs 2018 Honda Pilot

The 2018 Honda Pilot is one of the best midsize SUVs that offer three-row seating. The Pilot, is, as an overall package a very strong option against the CX-9. The Pilot's powertrain is very refined, and the steering and handling are on point with immense control. The CX-9's fuel economy is better than the Pilot's. However, both the cars have a similar range. Also, the powerful Pilot can tow and haul more load than the CX-9.

2018 Honda Pilot

The interiors on the Pilot are very well-finished over the CX-9's. The interiors are well-organized, with excellent fit and finish. Where the Honda shines, is the huge cargo space which is much more than the CX-9's. The Pilot however is not as well equipped as the CX-9 in terms of safety features and offers most of the advanced features on the top trims. Also, the Pilot is more affordable than the CX-9.

Final Verdict

The 2018 Mazda CX-9 SUV delivers on more than it promises. The engine is powerful enough, and the smooth gearbox shifts seamlessly. At 7.5 seconds for the 0-60 mph run, it's not fast, but is surely quick. There's nothing wrong with the absolutely brilliant driving dynamics of the car, and each and every rider will be more and more engaged the more miles are covered on the car. The CX-9 does have a cramped third row and less cargo capacity, which can be a major negative against this car. However, premium interiors, loaded safety technology, and stylish exteriors make the 2018 CX-9 one of our strong recommendations in the midsize SUV category.

vehicle bio
base price


body style

4dr SUV

engine type

152 cu in

horse power

227 hp @ 5000 rpm


310 lb.-ft. @ 2000 rpm


6 speed Automatic


199.4 in


115.3 in


77.5 in

curb weight

4361 lbs


69 in

Ground Clearance

8.8 in

passenger volume

135.1 cu ft

cargo volume

71.2 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy

20/23/26 mpg

highway range

507.00 mi

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

Mazda CX-9 5 year Cost To Own

Cash Price(MSRP)
5 Year Cost To Own
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $56,242
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Financing Interest$2,369$1,892$1,386$855$353$6,855
Taxes and Fees$3,106$217$220$256$143$3,942
Total Cost-To-Own$17,124$9,299$8,996$10,500$10,323$56,242
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