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

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2021 Lexus
NX 300

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2021 Mazda
CX-9

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MSRP*
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$37,610 to $45,460
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$34,160 to $46,805
Invoice* $35,165 to $42,506 $32,319 to $44,273
MPG - City 22 20 - 22
MPG - Hwy 27 - 28 26 - 28
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 6 - 7
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.

Drivetrain
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.

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.

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.