2017 Mazda CX-9 vs 2017 Toyota Highlander

Model Comparison at Landmark Mazda

Mazda CX-9

$35,600
7
8.4 L/100km Hwy
2.5L SKYACTIV T 4-CYL
6-Speed
227 @ 5000rpm
8

Specifications

MSRP
Passengers
Fuel Economy
Base Engine
Transmission
Horsepower
Airbags

Toyota Highlander

$35,500
7-8
8.7 L/100km Hwy
3.5L 6-CYL DI
8-Speed
295 @ 6600 RPM
8

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PERFORMANCE

The CX-9 performs better than the conventional Highlander when it comes to efficiency, but if you are looking for excellent fuel economy once can always consider the Highlander Hybrid at a higher price point. The standard Highlander uses a 3.5L Direct Injection engine that delivers up to 8.7 L/100 km. However, the CX-9 uses the SKYACTIV-G 2.5 T 4-cylinder turbo engine with Dynamic Pressure Turbo, which makes for fuel economy up to 8.4 L/100 km. The base model of the CX-9 uses front-wheel drive, but the other three models are equipped with i-ACTIV All-Wheel Drive.

SAFETY

The Highlander and the CX-9 have many of the same safety features. While Toyota combines most of them into two safety packages – Toyota’s STAR Safety System and Toyota Safety Sense P – the CX-9 features its own set of revolutionary safety technologies including Mazda Radar Cruise Control, Lane-Keep Assist and Lane Departure Warning. Brake Support, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Automatic High Beams, and more are included in both models.


DESIGN

In terms of style, the CX-9 follows Mazda’s KODO design for ultimate ergonomics. Both models include premium cloth upholstery and 3-zone automatic climate control. However, the CX-9 includes an 8-way adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support, heated front seats, and even a power glass moon roof. That being said, if you are looking to carry more passengers the Highlander is available in an 8-passenger model at a higher price point, while the CX-9 caps out at 7.

TECHNOLOGY

The CX-9 goes above and beyond when it comes to technology on the base model while the Highlander takes some upgrading to match. The Highlander includes a 6.1-inch touchscreen audio system while the CX-9 is equipped with a 7-inch colour touchscreen display with MAZDA CONNECT. Both models include keyless entry, and the CX-9 includes the available Premium Bose audio system with 12 speakers throughout the cabin. There is also a rear seat center armrest equipped with 2 USB ports for your passengers.