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2021 Lexus NX 300 vs. 2021 Mazda CX-9 Review

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2021 Lexus
NX 300

MSRP*: $37,610 to $45,460
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2021 Mazda
CX-9

MSRP*: $34,160 to $46,805
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Invoice* $35,165 to $42,506 $32,319 to $44,273
MPG - City 22 MPG 20 - 22 MPG
MPG - Hwy 27 - 28 MPG 26 - 28 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 6 - 7 seats
Cargo Space 54.6 ft3 71.2 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Auto Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel, Front-wheel All-wheel, Front-wheel
Horsepower 235 hp 227 hp
Towing Capacity 2,000 lbs 3,500 lbs
Exterior Length 182.7 in 199.4 in
Exterior Width 73.6 in 77.5 in
Leg Room Front 42.8 in
Rear 36.1 in
Front 41.0 in
Rear 39.4 in
Head Room Front 37.4 - 38.2 in
Rear 38.0 - 38.1 in
Front 39.3 - 40.1 in
Rear 38.5 in
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** **** ****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the backseat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Mazda CX-9 than in the Lexus NX 300, due to its greater head- and legroom. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between front seat comfort in the Lexus NX 300 and the Mazda CX-9.

Convenience
With the Mazda CX-9, you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Lexus NX 300, due to its tank size and fuel economy.

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). Whether you pick the Lexus NX 300 or the Mazda CX-9, it's going to cost you about the same. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Lexus NX 300 carries a much lower Destination Charge than the Mazda CX-9.

Dimensions
Since the Lexus NX 300 is much slimmer than the Mazda CX-9, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the Lexus NX 300, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Mazda CX-9.

Handling
The Lexus NX 300 has a smaller turning radius than the Mazda CX-9, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
In terms of towing capacity, the Mazda CX-9 is clearly the choice over the Lexus NX 300 for pulling heavy loads. The Lexus NX 300 has a little more horsepower than the Mazda CX-9.

Powertrain
With its lower torque engine, the Lexus NX 300 doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Mazda CX-9.

Utility
The Lexus NX 300 has less seating than the Mazda CX-9, making the Mazda CX-9 the better choice, if you need to chauffeur many passengers. The Lexus NX 300 has significantly less cargo capacity than the Mazda CX-9.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Lexus NX 300 than that of the Mazda CX-9.