Mazda CX-9 vs Toyota Highlander

Mazda CX-9

Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, and Carlisle area drivers searching for a 3-row SUV that delivers premium interior design with a quietly comfortable ride should take a close look at the 2019 Mazda CX-9 and Toyota Highlander.

At Faulkner Mazda, our team is dedicated to helping pair you with the perfect vehicle to fit your active life. That’s why we created this Mazda CX-9 vs. Toyota Highlander comparison. Explore everything these sporty midsize SUVs have to offer before scheduling a test drive.

Mazda CX-9 vs Highlander: Performance and Efficiency

Delivering smooth acceleration with sharp responsiveness, the Mazda CX-9 is an SUV that moves with the grace of a performance sedan. Equipped with a SKYACTIV®-G 2.5T 4-cylinder engine, it quickly produces 250 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque.

Drivers can choose between front-wheel drive or the Mazda i-ACTIV AWD® that pairs seamlessly with the Mazda CX-9 SKYACTIV®-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift and Sport Mode.

When it all comes together the results are a midsize SUV that earns an EPA-estimated 20/26 city/hwy MPG.* Perfect for daily commuting or when the moment strikes for a quick road trip out of town.

By comparison, the Highlander’s LE trim boasts a 2.7L 4-cylinder VVT-i engine that can reach 185 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, far lower than the turbocharged Mazda CX-9. It relies on a 6-speed ECT-i automatic transmission with sequential shift mode and comes standard with front-wheel drive. When properly configured, the Highlander receives an EPA-estimated 20/24 city/hwy MPG.

Interior Comfort and Convenience

Whether navigating the early morning drive to work or loading up the family for a weekend adventure, the Mazda CX-9 and Highlander each place your comfort at the forefront. Packed with premium amenities, everyone on board is sure to stay entertained for the long road ahead.

For instance, each SUV provides 3-zone automatic climate control and available power moonroof for creating the perfect environment no matter the conditions outside. Adding to their high-level of comfort, both also offer a multifunction steering wheel along with multiple power points, so everyone can charge their favorite devices no matter where they’re seated.

Mazda CX-9 vs Highlander: Technology Features

Need to make a dinner reservation from the road? Want to find out tonight’s starting lineup on your way to the ballpark? Perhaps you’d like to stream your favorite podcast on your drive home from work? Thanks to the MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment system, Mazda CX-9 drivers can do all this and more from the comfort of the driver’s seat.

Mazda CX-9 Interior

Including an available Bose® Centerpoint® 2 surround-sound system, Mazda CX-9 drivers and passengers can quickly connect and enjoy a whole host of smart technologies like:

  • Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™
  • HD Radio™ with Pandora®, Aha™ and Stitcher®
  • SiriusXM® Traffic and Travel Link

Likewise, the Highlander offers its drivers its own Entune™ Audio display with internet radio service, but noticeably lacks Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ capability.

Mazda CX-9 vs Toyota Highlander: Which Is Best for You?

There’s no denying the Highlander puts up some impressive stats, but when it comes to performance, luxury design, and tech, the Mazda CX-9 wins in each category.

If you’re a driver near Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, or Carlisle, interested in taking a closer look at the Mazda CX-9, visit Faulkner Mazda or go online to schedule a test drive today!


*EPA-estimated mileage. Actual results will vary.