Mazda CX-9 vs Toyota Highlander

2016 Mazda CX-9

2016 Mazda CX-9

2017 Toyota Highlander

2017 Toyota Highlander

If you’ve been searching for a three-row crossover SUV that is ideal for family driving while also helping you get where you’re going with confidence, style, and grace, there are a couple of models that may have recently come onto your radar. The 2016 Mazda CX-9 is fully redesigned, featuring abundant amenities, confident performance, and a striking exterior design that’s truly unique in the segment. The 2017 Toyota Highlander tries to give the Mazda CX-9 some competition, though, so it’s worth it to take a moment and compare how the two vehicles stack up. After you’ve done your research, we invite you to visit us at Momentum Mazda in Gastonia, NC to take the Mazda CX-9 for a test drive and see what all the excitement is about.

Standard Performance and Fuel Economy

When it comes to standard output and efficiency, the 2016 Mazda CX-9 clearly has the edge over the 2017 Toyota Highlander:

  • Mazda CX-9 – Every version of the Mazda CX-9 comes with a 2.5L SKYACTIV®-G engine mated to a six-speed SKYACTIV®-Drive six-speed automatic transmission which work together to pump out 250 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. On top of that impressive output, EPA fuel economy on this model comes in at an impressive 28 mpg highway and 22 mpg city.
  • Toyota Highlander – The base engine on the Highlander is a 2.5L four-cylinder that only gets 185 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, with fuel economy estimates coming in at an uninspired 24 mpg highway and 20 mpg city, according to EPA estimates. You can also upgrade to a V6 engine on the Highlander, but even then torque output and fuel economy continue to fall short of the Mazda CX-9.

Standard and Available Features

Both of these three-row crossovers come standard with a plethora of standard features, from connectivity via Bluetooth® phone/audio and a high-resolution touchscreen interface to added conveniences such as a rearview camera, cruise control, a six-speaker sound system, remote keyless entry, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

However, unlike the Toyota Highlander, the Mazda CX-9 also comes equipped with tri-zone automatic climate control to keep all three rows of passengers comfortable, as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob for a stylish finish. At the top of the trim ladder, the 2017 Mazda CX-9 stands out as well, with available premium features like decadent leather upholstery and rosewood trim inside the cabin.

Make the 2016 Mazda CX-9 Your Next Crossover SUV

Your search for a new crossover will quickly be over when you come to Momentum Mazda and test drive the 2016 Mazda CX-9. We’re located off of I-85, just 30 minutes east of Shelby and 10 minutes southwest of Mt. Holly, at 4811 Wilkinson Boulevard in Gastonia, NC. You’ll also enjoy “The Momentum Experience” at our dealership, which guarantees upfront pricing, a 3-day/300-mile exchange program, and a lifetime powertrain warranty. If you have any questions about our dealership or the new Mazda CX-9 before your visit, feel free to contact us at any time!