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Mazda CX-9 vs. Toyota Highlander

When we compare the Mazda CX-9 to the Toyota Highlander, the Mazda CX-9 has the advantage in the area of typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars. The Toyota Highlander has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, interior volume, overall quality score and base engine power. The Mazda CX-9 and Toyota Highlander have the same fuel efficiency. Based on this comparison of the Mazda CX-9 versus the Toyota Highlander, the Toyota Highlander is a better car than the Mazda CX-9.

Mazda CX-9 versus Toyota Highlander Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Mazda CX-9 ranges from $30,662 to $42,000 while a used Toyota Highlander from the same model year range is priced between $34,702 to $48,996. For a new model, the Mazda CX-9's price is between $38,923 and $48,673, with the Toyota Highlander priced between $38,193 and $51,672.

Mazda CX-9 versus Toyota Highlander Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Mazda CX-9 is 8.4 out of 10 while the Toyota Highlander's quality rating is 8.9 out of 10. This results in the Mazda CX-9 being ranked 7 out of 25 Best Midsize SUVs and the Toyota Highlander being ranked 1 out of 25. Out of 31 Best SUVs with 3 Rows, the Mazda CX-9 is ranked 31 and the Toyota Highlander is ranked 2. The Mazda CX-9 is also ranked 10 out of 61 Best Crossover SUVs while the Toyota Highlander is ranked 1 out of 61.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Mazda CX-9’s base engine makes 250 horsepower, and the Toyota Highlander base engine makes 295 horsepower. Both the CX-9 and the Highlander are rated to deliver an average of 23 miles per gallon, with highway ranges of 507 and 501 miles respectively. Both models use regular unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

While both models are crossover/midsize SUVs, the Toyota Highlander has the advantage of offering more front head room, front shoulder room, front leg room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and trunk space.

Hauling, Towing, and Off-Road Capabilities Comparison

The Mazda CX-9 has the advantage of offering higher ground clearance, while the Toyota Highlander has the advantage of offering higher payload capacity.

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2023 Mazda CX-9

2022 Toyota Highlander

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$38,923 - $48,673

Used Asking Price:

$30,662 - $42,000

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

46.3%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$38,193 - $51,672

Used Asking Price:

$34,702 - $48,996

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

38.1%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.4 / 10

Reliability:

8.0 / 10

Retained Value:

7.1 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.9 / 10

Reliability:

8.5 / 10

Retained Value:

8.2 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

6 / 25
7 / 31
7 / 25
8 / 61
9 / 31
9 / 25
10 / 61
11 / 31
11 / 25
13 / 61
15 / 31
45 / 61

iSeeCars Rankings

1 / 61
1 / 61
1 / 31
1 / 25
1 / 25
2 / 61
2 / 31
3 / 25
5 / 25
7 / 31
9 / 31
41 / 61

Summary Review

Mazda’s CX-9 is a three-row crossover SUV that’s slightly smaller but more engaging to drive than most of its direct competitors.

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Summary Review

The Toyota Highlander is among the best-selling, top-rated SUVs in the 3-row segment.

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Pros and Cons

  • Outstanding standard features make CX-9 a near-premium vehicle
  • The Turbocharged engine is a reviewer’s favorite

  • Aging infotainment setup
  • Smaller than most of its segment peers

Pros and Cons

  • Class-leading fuel economy
  • No disappointing base engine
  • Legendary reliability

  • Poorly-rated headlights on L, LE, and XLE trims

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

Carbon Edition, Touring, Touring Plus, Grand Touring, Signature

Trim Levels

Limited, XSE, Platinum, XLE, L, LE

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

2 years

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

250 hp @ 5000 rpm

Torque:

320 foot-lbs @ 2500 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.057 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

295 hp @ 6600 rpm

Torque:

263 foot-lbs @ 4700 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.071 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

20 / 26 / 23

Range (city/hwy):

390 / 507 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

3.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

V

Number of Cylinders:

6

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

20 / 28 / 23

Range (city/hwy):

358 / 501 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Standard

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Standard

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Standard

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

40.1 inches

Front Leg Room:

41 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

57.9 inches

Rear Head Room:

38.5 inches

Rear Leg Room:

39.4 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

58.1 inches

Cargo Space:

14.3 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

71.2 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

150.1 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

41.2 inches

Front Leg Room:

42 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

59 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.4 inches

Rear Leg Room:

41 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

58.7 inches

Cargo Space:

16 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

84.3 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

157.3 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4409 lbs

Width:

86.9 inches

Height:

69 inches

Length:

199.4 inches

Wheelbase:

115.3 inches

Ground Clearance:

8.8 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4145 lbs

Width:

76 inches

Height:

68.1 inches

Length:

194.9 inches

Wheelbase:

112.2 inches

Ground Clearance:

8 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 8.0 inches

Wheel Type:

aluminum alloy

Tire Size:

P255/60R18

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 8.0 inches

Wheel Type:

painted alloy

Tire Size:

P235/65R18