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Blue 2019 Mazda CX-9

2019 Mazda CX-9

Gray 2019 Toyota Highlander

2019 Toyota Highlander

2019 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2019 Toyota Highlander

2019 Mazda Cx-9


2019 Toyota Highlander
$32,280 MSRP

Starting Price

$31,830 MSRP
22 mpg city, 28 mpg highway

Gas Mileage

20 mpg city, 24 mpg highway
227 hp


185 hp
310 lb-ft


184 lb-ft
3,500 pounds

Standard Towing Capacity

1,500 pounds

If you’re searching for an SUV that can handle the whole family in comfort while keeping them entertained, then comparing the Mazda CX-9 vs. Toyota Highlander is a great place to start. After all, the CX-9 has room for up to seven passengers, the Highlander includes seating for eight, and these SUVs start with similar price tags.  However, it only takes a quick glance to see that the CX-9 is offering much, much more than the Highlander, especially for performance enthusiasts! Ready to learn more? Compare the Mazda CX-9 vs. Highlander with Mazda of Escondido near San Marcos.

Performance: Mazda CX-9 vs. Highlander

The Mazda CX-9 comes standard with a 2.5-liter turbocharged Inline 4-cylinder engine. Although the Highlander comes with a 2.7-liter Inline 4-cylinder engine, this larger setup falls far short of the standard set by Mazda:

    • Mazda CX-9 Performance – 227 hp, 310 lb-ft of torque
    • Toyota Highlander Performance – 185 hp, 184 lb-ft of torque

You may be aware that the Highlander is offered with an available V6 upgrade. Although the latter does provide up to 295 hp, it still can’t match the base Mazda CX-9 engine on torque! So, no matter which Highlander you’re looking at, you’ll find that the Mazda delivers a more engaging, invigorating drive. What about gas mileage? Once again, the CX-9 scores a huge victory right out of the gate:

  • Mazda CX-9 Fuel Economy – EPA-estimated 22 mpg city, 28 mpg highway
  • Toyota Highlander Fuel Economy – EPA-estimated 20 mpg city, 24 mpg highway

Still considering that expensive Highlander engine upgrade? You’ll want to think twice, as the latter only gets 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway.

Interior Capacities and Features: Mazda CX-9 vs. Highlander

The 2019 Mazda CX-9 interior seats seven, while the 2019 Toyota Highlander seats up to eight. However, are you really getting that much more with the Toyota? Take a look at a few of the reasons that our Carlsbad and Poway neighbors prefer the Mazda:

  • With all seats in their upright positions, the Mazda actually offers more cargo space behind the third row. With a full carload, you’ll have up to 14.4 cubic feet where the Highlander only offers 13.8 cubic feet.
  • Both models earned the coveted Top Safety Pick designation from the IIHS, but only the Mazda CX-9 offers a Blind Spot Monitoring System in the base trim.
  • The Mazda CX-9 offers heated front seats and a navigation system as optional upgrades, even in the baseline trim level! To access either in the Highlander, you’ll need to spend thousands more to access a higher trim level.

Still doing research? Compare the Mazda CX-9 vs. Honda Pilot with help from our team today!

Experience the Mazda CX-9 in Person!

Are you ready to take the next steps? Now that you’ve compared the Mazda CX-9 vs. Toyota Highlander for 2019, we’re sure that you’ll be eager to schedule a test drive. Find a new Mazda CX-9 for sale in our inventory, and come visit us in Escondido today!

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