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Scottsdale Mazda Shoppers Compare - 2019 CX-5 vs 2019 CX-9

Crossover SUVs are extremely popular at the moment, and Mazda certainly is the automaker to keep your eye on when it comes to this segment. Buyers who shop at Mazda dealerships near Scottsdale have a number of choices to make. If you’ve been looking at the 2019 Mazda CX-5 and the 2019 Mazda CX-9 and are unsure which one would be best for you, read on as we take a closer look at how these two models compare.

The 2019 Mazda CX-5 and the 2019 Mazda CX-9 both have a long list of standard features that include a 7-inch color touchscreen, a backup camera, the Mazda Connect infotainment system, HD Radio and two USB outlets. The higher trims offer a number of upgraded features, including a premium Bose audio system, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Options include a surround-view parking camera and an Active Driving Display with traffic sign recognition.


Both the CX-5 and CX-9 provide great value for the price. The 2019 Mazda CX-5 has a starting MSRP of $24,350, while the 2019 Mazda CX-9 has an MSRP that starts at $32,280.


A family of five will stay comfortable in the 2019 Mazda CX-5, thanks to its passenger volume of 103.6 cubic feet. Large families will appreciate the CX-9, which provides 135.1 cubic feet of space.

Fuel Economy

The Mazda CX-5's base engine gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg city/31 mpg highway with front-wheel drive. . The 2019 Mazda CX-9 with front-wheel drive returns 22 mpg city/28 mpg highway.


The CX-5’s base engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 187 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque, mated with a six-speed automatic transmission. The upper trims get a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that generates 250 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque when running on premium gas and 227 hp with regular. This engine is also connected to a six-speed automatic. The CX-9 gets the same 2.5-liter turbo-four as the CX-5.

As you’d expect, both models provide best-in-class handling. Mazda’s new G-Vectoring Control Plus system applies brake force to the inside wheel when cornering, while the optional i-Activ AWD system improves grip on wet or icy roads. 

Seating Capacity

When you visit a dealership like the Scottsdale area Mazda dealer, CardinaleWay Mazda in Mesa you’ll see that the biggest difference between the Mazda CX-5 and the CX-9 is the size of each vehicle. The CX-5 seats five passengers in two rows, while the CX-9 seats seven passengers in three rows. Smaller families may want to opt for the CX-5, while larger families and anyone who regularly needs to transport more passengers should choose the CX-9.