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2020 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2021 Subaru Ascent Review

New 2020 Mazda CX-9

2020 Mazda
CX-9

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New 2021 Subaru Ascent

2021 Subaru
Ascent

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MSRP*
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$33,890 to $46,215
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$32,295 to $45,445
Invoice* $32,064 to $43,716 $30,304 to $42,290
MPG - City 20 - 22 20 - 21
MPG - Hwy 26 - 28 26 - 27
Engine(s) Inline-4 Horizontal
Seating Capacity 6 - 7 7 - 8
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 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
The Mazda CX-9 offers rear passengers about the same room to stretch out as the Subaru Ascent, with comparable head- and legroom. The Subaru Ascent 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 Subaru Ascent, 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 Subaru Ascent. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Mazda CX-9 will cost more in terms of transportation costs than the Subaru Ascent.

Dimensions
The Mazda CX-9 is a little wider than the Subaru Ascent, so getting in and out of the car in a crowded parking lot may be a little more of a squeeze. When looking at overall length, the Mazda CX-9 takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Subaru Ascent.

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

Handling
The Mazda CX-9 has a larger turning radius than the Subaru Ascent, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
In terms of towing capacity, the Subaru Ascent is clearly the choice over the Mazda CX-9 for pulling heavy loads. The Mazda CX-9 has a little less horsepower than the Subaru Ascent.

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

Warranty
The Mazda CX-9 comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Subaru Ascent.