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2021 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2022 Nissan Pathfinder Review

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2021 Mazda
CX-9

MSRP*: $34,160 to $46,805
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2022 Nissan
Pathfinder

MSRP*: $33,410 to $48,090
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Invoice* $32,319 to $44,273 $31,053 to $44,676
MPG - City 20 - 22 MPG 20 - 21 MPG
MPG - Hwy 26 - 28 MPG 25 - 27 MPG
Seating Capacity 6 - 7 seats 7 - 8 seats
Cargo Space 71.2 ft3 80.5 ft3
Engine Inline-4 V-6
Transmission Auto Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel, Front-wheel Four-wheel, Front-wheel
Horsepower 227 hp 284 hp
Towing Capacity 3,500 lbs 3,500 - 6,000 lbs
Exterior Length 199.4 in 197.0 in
Exterior Width 77.5 in 77.9 in
Leg Room Front 41.0 in
Rear 39.4 in
Front 44.3 in
Rear 35.5 in
Head Room Front 39.3 - 40.1 in
Rear 38.5 in
Front 41.1 - 42.3 in
Rear 38.4 - 39.6 in
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** Info not available
Frontal Crash Rating** **** Info not available
Side Crash Rating** ***** Info not available

**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
Rear passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Mazda CX-9 than in the Nissan Pathfinder. The Nissan Pathfinder 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 Nissan Pathfinder, 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). The Mazda CX-9 is somewhat more expensive than the Nissan Pathfinder. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. Both the Mazda CX-9 and the Nissan Pathfinder have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Mazda CX-9 is about the same width as the Nissan Pathfinder. When looking at overall length, the Mazda CX-9 takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Nissan Pathfinder.

Handling
The Mazda CX-9 has the same turning radius as the Nissan Pathfinder, so they both maneuver the same in and out of tight spots.

Performance
If you've got something you need to pull, the Mazda CX-9 will do just as well as the Nissan Pathfinder, since they have about the same towing capacity. When it comes to horsepower, the Mazda CX-9 has a lot less horsepower than the Nissan Pathfinder.

Powertrain
With somewhat higher torque, the Mazda CX-9 transmits power to its wheels a bit more effectively than the Nissan Pathfinder.

Utility
The Mazda CX-9 has less seating than the Nissan Pathfinder, making the Nissan Pathfinder the better choice, if you need to chauffeur many passengers. The Mazda CX-9 has less cargo space than the Nissan Pathfinder, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

Warranty
The Mazda CX-9 comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Nissan Pathfinder.