Mazda CX-9 vs Acura MDX

Mazda CX-9

For a midsize SUV with lots of space and dependability, you may want to consider the Mazda CX-9 or MDX. Though, you’ll need to learn more about these vehicles first to help decide which is better for your drives around Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, and Carlisle.


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That’s why our team at Faulkner Mazda created this Mazda CX-9 vs. Acura MDX comparison. Discover everything that these SUVs have to offer, starting with performance.

Mazda CX-9 vs MDX Performance Specs

Mazda CX-9If you’re looking for an SUV that delivers a smooth and nimble feel behind the wheel, the Mazda CX-9 and Acura MDX deliver.

They also both offer plenty of power for city or highway driving. The Mazda CX-9 comes with a SKYACTIV®-G 2.5T Dynamic Pressure Turbo 4-cylinder engine that churns out 250 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. The MDX, meanwhile, has a 3.5L V6 that delivers 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque.

However, the Mazda CX-9 gets much better fuel economy. It achieves an EPA-estimated 22 city/28 highway MPG,1 which is especially helpful if you have a long commute every day.

On the other hand, the MDX achieves an EPA-estimated 19 city/27 highway MPG. So, if you’re in constant stop-and-go-traffic, you may fare better with the Mazda model.

Passenger Space in These Midsize SUVs

Not only do these SUVs perform well on the road, but they’re quite comfortable, too. They each seat seven, with plenty of room to stretch out.

This is especially true for the backseat passengers in the Mazda CX-9, as shown by the following interior dimensions:

  • Second-row headroom/legroom: 38.5 inches/39.4 inches
  • Third-row headroom/legroom: 35.4 inches/29.7 inches
  • Passenger volume: 135.1 cubic feet

Unfortunately, the Acura MDX isn’t quite as spacious in the back, offering these interior dimensions:

  • Second-row headroom/legroom: 38.3 inches/36.6 inches
  • Third-row headroom/legroom: 35.6 inches/28.1 inches
  • Passenger volume: 132.7 cubic feet

Interior Features in the Mazda CX-9 vs Acura MDX

The Mazda CX-9 and MDX have lots of amenities to help keep everyone on board comfortable and entertained.

For instance, they both offer heated seats for the front and second rows, as well as a heated steering wheel. This way, you can stay cozy on even the coldest nights.

When it comes to technology, each vehicle comes with easy-to-use infotainment systems. MAZDA CONNECT™ comes with popular music apps like Aha™, Pandora®, and Stitcher™. Plus, all your media options will be seen on a 7-inch or 8-inch full-color touchscreen and heard through a 6-speaker or 12-speaker sound system.

The MDX has lots of music options in its infotainment system, as well. Unfortunately, that doesn’t include Aha™, Pandora®, or Stitcher™.

In addition, the Mazda CX-9 comes standard with lots of driver-assisting technologies, to help keep you more alert on the road. One such feature is Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. It’ll send an audible and visual warning when a car is in your blind spot or approaching from either side when you’re in reverse.

The MDX has this feature, as well. However, you’ll need to add a technology package in order to get it.

Mazda CX-9 vs MDX: Verdict

The Acura MDX is certainly an impressive SUV. Though, the Mazda CX-9 has the space, features, and fuel economy you may need for your trips around Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, and Carlisle.

If you still need help deciding if this SUV is right for you, then don’t wait. Schedule a test drive at Faulkner Mazda today!


1 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual results will vary.