The 2020 Mazda CX-9 is a three-row crossover that impresses customers of the Phoenix area Mazda dealers and automotive reviewers alike. The CX-9 pleases drivers with its upscale interior, sporty handling, powerful turbocharged engine, skeek styling and long list of standard driving aids. The 2020 CX-9 now has optional second-row captain’s chairs and even more standard features, including the Activesense driver-assistance suite.
Some buyers who are considering the 2020 Mazda CX-9 may also be thinking about buying the 2020 Toyota Highlander. We’ll examine both SUVs and determine which one is the best buy.
Price is an important consideration for most new SUV buyers. The 2020 Mazda CX-9 will please anyone looking to save some money at a dealership like the Mazda dealer near Phoenix. The CX-9 has a starting Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $33,890. The 2020 Toyota Highlander starts at $34,600.
The 2020 Mazda CX-9 is powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque with regular gas. With premium, those figures rise to 250 hp and 320 lb-ft. The 2020 Toyota Highlander is equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 that generates 295 hp and 263 lb-ft of torque. While the Highlander makes more horsepower, the CX-9 produces more torque. This means the CX-9 can send more power to the wheels than the Highlander.
If you’re looking for a three-row crossover with sporty driving dynamics, you’ll choose the CX-9., which comes equipped with G-Vectoring Control Plus. This system aids handling by applying light braking force to the outer wheels when the vehicle is cornering, and shifts the weight forward to improve traction. The Highlander doesn’t have a comparable system.
When you’re ready to drive off the beaten path, you’ll appreciate the Mazda CX-9’s new Off-Road Traction Assist, which increases traction when crawling over uneven terrain. There’s no similar feature available for the Highlander.
If you need a crossover that features plenty of storage space to stow and transport luggage, groceries or anything you need to carry, you’ll appreciate the CX-9. It provides a total of 14.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row. The Highlander only offers 13.8 cubic feet.
The Mazda CX-9 and Toyota Highlander both offer many upscale amenities, Still, for the ultimate luxury experience, the Highlander can’t compare with the CX-9 Signature model, which features supple Nappa leather seats and genuine Santos Rosewood interior trim.
The Highlander is a nice-looking SYV, but it’s outclassed by the CX-9, which benefits from Mazda’s “Soul of Motion” design language. The CX-9 boasts a sporty look, with attractive alloy wheels and dual chrome exhaust finishers that are even standard on the base Sport trim.
While the 2020 Toyota Highlander puts in a respectable showing, the 2020 Mazda CX-9 wins this comparison. The CX-9 is less expensive, more powerful, offers better driving dynamics, provides more room for cargo, and can be ordered with more luxury features.