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2021 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Review

Picture of the 2021 Mazda CX-9

2021 Mazda
CX-9

MSRP*: $34,160 to $46,805
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Picture of the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

2021 Volkswagen
Atlas Cross Sport

MSRP*: $30,855 to $50,025
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Invoice* $32,319 to $44,273 $29,590 to $47,973
MPG - City 20 - 22 MPG 17 - 21 MPG
MPG - Hwy 26 - 28 MPG 23 - 24 MPG
Seating Capacity 6 - 7 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 71.2 ft3 77.8 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4, V-6
Transmission Auto Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel, Front-wheel All-wheel, Front-wheel
Horsepower 227 hp 235 - 276 hp
Towing Capacity 3,500 lbs 5,000 lbs
Exterior Length 199.4 in 195.5 in
Exterior Width 77.5 in 78.4 in
Leg Room Front 41.0 in
Rear 39.4 in
Front 41.6 in
Rear 40.4 in
Head Room Front 39.3 - 40.1 in
Rear 38.5 in
Front 39.4 in
Rear 37.8 in
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 4 years/50,000 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 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, with comparable head- and legroom. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between front seat comfort in the Mazda CX-9 and the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.

Convenience
The Mazda CX-9 requires fewer stops at the gas station than the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, 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). The Mazda CX-9 is somewhat more expensive than the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport. 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 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Mazda CX-9 is a little narrower than the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, so you'll have an easier time getting in and out of the car in a tight parking spot. When looking at overall length, the Mazda CX-9 takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.

Handling
The Mazda CX-9 has a smaller turning radius than the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

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

Powertrain
With somewhat higher torque, the Mazda CX-9 transmits power to its wheels a bit more effectively than the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.

Utility
The Mazda CX-9 offers greater seating capacity than the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, making it a better choice for those who find themselves chauffeuring others around. The Mazda CX-9 has less cargo space than the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Mazda CX-9 is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.