See How The 2019 Mazda CX-9 Stacks Up To The Toyota Highlander

See How The 2019 Mazda CX-9 Stacks Up To The Toyota Highlander

2019 MAZDA CX-9 vs. Toyota Highlander

Side view of the 2019 Mazda CX-9 parked on the curb of a road






Horsepower (hp)

Torque (lb-ft)






Estimated Fuel Economy (city / hwy)


Price (USD)

2019 MAZDA CX-9

2019 MAZDA CX-9 Sport


7 Adults

4 Doors


SKYACTIV®-G 2.5T Dynamic Pressure Turbo DOHC 16-Valve 4-Cylinder with VVT

227 @ 5000 rpm

310 @ 2000 rpm


6-speed automatic


FWD (available AWD)





2019 Toyota Highlander

2019 Toyota Highlander LE


8 Adults

4 Doors


2.7-Liter 4-Cylinder Double Overhead Cam (DOHC) 16-Valve with Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i)

185 @ 5800 rpm

184 @ 4200 rpm


6-speed automatic







Soul of Motion: Blending Elegance with Power

The Mazda CX-9 bases its design on the phrase “Soul of Motion.” One look at this SUV’s design, and you’ll see what that means. The elongated hood and fluid design exude motion in every sense. Take this SUV for a spin, and you’ll feel that sporty look come to life.

Curious how the 2019 Mazda CX-9 compares with its competition? Let’s take a look at how this SUV stacks up against the Toyota Highlander.

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Practical Power for Your Drives

Under the hood of the 2019 Mazda CX-9 rests a SKYACTIV®-G 2.5T Turbo 16-valve 4-cylinder motor. And it’s optimized for your daily drives.

Take this SUV for a spin, and you’ll reach 310 lb-ft torque at 2,000 rpm. It’s high power at low rpm—meaning you’ll feel that sporty performance when riding on highways and city roads instead of the racetrack. SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY with G-Vectoring Control ensures you always get a smooth ride. That’s because the engine adjusts your power when cornering. You’ll feel fewer steering corrections during your drives as a result.

Don’t let slippery roads ruin your drives with the available predictive i-ACTIV AWD® system. This feature monitors the outside temperature and your braking power. Then, it adjusts your power to give you the traction you need on dry and wet roads.

All this fun doesn’t come at a high price. With EPA-estimated 22/28 city/highway mpg for the FWD and 20/26 for the AWD model, the Mazda CX-9 keeps your wallet thick with fewer trips to the pump.

2019 Toyota Highlander Power

By comparison, the Toyota Highlander packs a standard 2.7L 4-cylinder motor. And with 184 lb-ft torque at 4200 rpm, the performance falls behind the Mazda CX-9. That’s nearly half the power at double the revs. That means you’ll need more work to merge onto busy highways or pass Sunday drivers.

The fuel economy doesn’t do the Toyota SUV any favors with EPA-estimated 20/24 (city/hwy) mpg.

The Mazda CX-9 scores a near knockout in round 1 with its stellar performance.

Luxury, Comfort, and Fun Combined

The “Soul of Motion” continues when you step inside the Mazda CX-9. The standard leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob create an upscale vibe. Upgrade to the Signature trim for premium Nappa leather with aluminum and Santos Rosewood accents to complete that luxury look.

Keep everyone comfortable with standard three-zone automatic climate controls. Coupled with the second-row reclining seats, and it’s a comfortable ride for everyone.

Add convenience to your drives with MAZDA CONNECT display. Voice commands allow you to answer calls while keeping your eyes on the road. You’ll also get Pandora® internet radio integration thrown in to jam out during your commutes. Bring your smartphone to your SUV’s touch display with available Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto. Respond to texts, get directions, and listen to your favorite playlists without taking your hands off the wheel.

Keep your phone powered the full ride with two USB slots on the front center console.

2019 Toyota Highlander Interior

For the Toyota Highlander, air conditioning comes standard. But, you’ll need to upgrade to the LE Plus trim before three-zone automatic climate control becomes an option. For the leather-trimmed steering wheel, you’ll need to upgrade again to the SE.

For tech, an Entune Audio with a 6.1-inch touchscreen is standard.

For this round, it’s a close call. But, for base trims, the Mazda comes out ahead with more features.

Safe and Easy Cruises with Driver-Assists

The Mazda CX-9 keeps your rides secure with standard Blind Spot Monitoring. Get visual and audio alerts when other vehicles creep into your blind spot.

Also standard is Rear Cross Traffic Alert. This lets you know when vehicles approach from either side of your SUV. It’s perfect for attempting to pull out of tight parking spaces.

For bonus driver-assist features, opt for the available i-ACTIVSENSE® safety suite:

  • Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go
  • Available Lane-Keep Assist
  • Available Lane Departure Warning System
  • Available High Beam Control
  • Available Traffic Sign Recognition System

And that’s just the start of all the safety features included in the Mazda CX-9.

2019 Toyota Highlander Safety

Toyota Safety Sense comes standard with a pre-collision system. You’ll need to upgrade to the SE trim to receive Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

It’s another tough round since both SUVs keep you safe during your drives. But standard Blind Spot Monitoring adds convenience to your drives. Plus, Radar Cruise Control removes the stress from driving during rush-hour. That’s why the Mazda CX-9 gains another win.

Close up of the 2019 Mazda CX-9 steering wheel and drivers seat

Test-Drive the Mazda CX-9 in Naples, FL

Ready to start your epic adventures in a stylish SUV?

Then visit Naples Mazda to test-drive the 2019 Mazda CX-9. We’re your local Mazda dealer. And our team is happy to answer any questions that come to mind. We’re also here to help you find the car of your dreams. We await your visit.