Compared to other available minivans, the Pacifica actually looks quite good. It offers what a minivan should and better than other minivans do – provide excellent utility.
And what is a good spacious utility vehicle without great fuel economy. While the standard model achieves 18mpg city, 28mpg highway, and 23mpg combined, the real kicker comes from the hybrid model that is touted to have up to 80MPGe.
According to Mazda, the front wheel drive model will return about 22mpg in the city and 28mpg on the highway. The all-wheel drive model, on the other hand, will return about 21mpg in the city and 27mpg on the highway. That means the upgraded Mazda CX-9 will be 32% more fuel efficient than before.
This is suggested back when Mazda released the power figures for the 2.5L 4-cylinder turbocharged SkyActiv engine which the CX-9 will run on. The motor can generate about 227hp and 310ft-lbs of torque and this is about 60hp short of what the Pilot has to offer.
Of course, we can’t rely on figures alone to determine a winner in the large SUV contest. The only way to do so is to wait until the CX-9 debuts and compare it on the road with the Honda Pilot.