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2014 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2015 Toyota Highlander Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Mazda CX-9 offers a bit more room for passengers in the back seat than the Toyota Highlander. The Toyota Highlander will be a hit with tall drivers and their front seat passengers, since it has greater front head- and legroom than the Mazda CX-9.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Mazda CX-9 as you will with the Toyota Highlander, as they are both able to travel similar distances on a tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the Mazda CX-9 will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Toyota Highlander. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. In this case, the Mazda CX-9 will cost less to deliver to the dealership than the Toyota Highlander.

Dimensions
The Mazda CX-9 is about the same width as the Toyota Highlander. For some people, bigger is better. If that's the case for you, then you'll be happier with the Mazda CX-9, which is slightly longer than the Toyota Highlander.

Drivetrain
With somewhat higher torque, the Mazda CX-9 transmits power to its wheels a bit more effectively than the Toyota Highlander.

Handling
The Mazda CX-9 has a smaller turning radius than the Toyota Highlander, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
In terms of towing capacity, the Toyota Highlander is clearly the choice over the Mazda CX-9 for pulling heavy loads. In terms of horsepower, it's a virtual tie between the Mazda CX-9 and the Toyota Highlander.

Utility
The Mazda CX-9 has less seating than the Toyota Highlander, making the Toyota Highlander the better choice, if you need to chauffeur many passengers. The Mazda CX-9 has a roomier cargo area for putting your bags or other items than the Toyota Highlander.

Warranty
The Mazda CX-9 comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Toyota Highlander.

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2014 Mazda
CX-9

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MSRP*: $29,985 - $36,625

2015 Toyota
Highlander

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MSRP*: $29,415 - $43,790
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City MPG: 16 - 17 18 - 20
Highway MPG: 22 - 24 24 - 25
Engine(s): V-6 Inline-4, V-6
Seating Capacity: 7 - 7 7 - 8
Basic Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
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Frontal Crash Rating
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Invoice*: $28,382 - $34,658 $26,855 - $39,981

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