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2021 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2021 Toyota 4Runner Review

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2021 Mazda
CX-9

MSRP*: $34,160 to $46,805
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2021 Toyota
4Runner

MSRP*: $36,765 to $50,745
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Invoice* $32,319 to $44,273 $33,823 to $46,684
MPG - City 20 - 22 MPG 16 MPG
MPG - Hwy 26 - 28 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 6 - 7 seats 5 - 7 seats
Cargo Space 71.2 ft3 88.8 - 89.7 ft3
Engine Inline-4 V-6
Transmission Auto Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel, Front-wheel Four-wheel, Rear-wheel
Horsepower 227 hp 270 hp
Towing Capacity 3,500 lbs 5,000 lbs
Exterior Length 199.4 in 190.2 - 191.3 in
Exterior Width 77.5 in 75.8 in
Leg Room Front 41.0 in
Rear 39.4 in
Front 41.7 in
Rear 32.9 in
Head Room Front 39.3 - 40.1 in
Rear 38.5 in
Front 38.6 - 39.3 in
Rear 38.6 in
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
Rear passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Mazda CX-9 than in the Toyota 4Runner. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between front seat comfort in the Mazda CX-9 and the Toyota 4Runner.

Convenience
The Mazda CX-9 requires fewer stops at the gas station than the Toyota 4Runner, making it more convenient to drive.

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 4Runner. 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 Toyota 4Runner have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Mazda CX-9 is much wider than the Toyota 4Runner, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. 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 4Runner.

Handling
The Mazda CX-9 has a larger turning radius than the Toyota 4Runner, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
In terms of towing capacity, the Toyota 4Runner is clearly the choice over the Mazda CX-9 for pulling heavy loads. The Mazda CX-9 has a little less horsepower than the Toyota 4Runner.

Powertrain
With somewhat higher torque, the Mazda CX-9 transmits power to its wheels a bit more effectively than the Toyota 4Runner.

Utility
The Mazda CX-9 offers greater seating capacity than the Toyota 4Runner, making it a better choice for those who find themselves chauffeuring others around. The Mazda CX-9 has significantly less cargo capacity than the Toyota 4Runner.

Warranty
The Mazda CX-9 comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Toyota 4Runner.