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2021 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2021 Toyota Highlander Review

New 2021 Mazda CX-9

2021 Mazda
CX-9

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New 2021 Toyota Highlander

2021 Toyota
Highlander

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MSRP*
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$33,960 to $46,605
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$34,910 to $49,015
Invoice* $32,130 to $44,085 $31,873 to $44,750
MPG - City 20 - 22 20 - 21
MPG - Hwy 26 - 28 27 - 29
Engine(s) Inline-4 V-6
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
Passengers in the backseat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Toyota Highlander than in the Mazda CX-9, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Mazda CX-9 will be popular with taller drivers and passengers in the front seat, due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Toyota Highlander.

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 Toyota Highlander, 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). Whether you pick the Mazda CX-9 or the Toyota Highlander, 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. In this case, the Mazda CX-9 will cost less to deliver to the dealership than the Toyota Highlander.

Dimensions
The Mazda CX-9 is a little wider than the Toyota Highlander, so getting in and out of the car in a crowded parking lot may be a little more of a squeeze. 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 Highlander.

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

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

Performance
In terms of towing capacity, the Toyota Highlander is clearly the choice over the Mazda CX-9 for pulling heavy loads. When it comes to horsepower, the Mazda CX-9 has a lot less horsepower than the Toyota Highlander.

Utility
Soccer Moms beware - the Mazda CX-9 seats a lot fewer people than the Toyota Highlander. The Mazda CX-9 has less cargo space than the Toyota Highlander, 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 Toyota Highlander.