2019 Mazda CX-9 vs 2018 Toyota Highlander
2019 Mazda CX-9 2018 Toyota Highlander
  227 185
Cargo Capacity
  14.4 cu. ft. 13.8 cu. ft.
Rear Leg Room
  39.4 in. 38.4 in.

2019 Mazda CX-9 vs 2018 Toyota Highlander

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Sport-utility vehicles are some of the most popular cars in society today. These particular vehicles offer supreme comfort, plenty of cargo space, performance capability and extreme good-looks. The 2019 Mazda CX-9 and the 2018 Toyota Highlander are no exceptions to the rule when it comes to SUVs. Both of these exquisite machines have plenty of exceptional attributes that car enthusiasts will enjoy. If you're interested in purchasing one of these SUVs, then keep reading. Here is a short comparison between two of the industry's most innovative juggernauts.

Performance Attributes

The 2018 Mazda CX-9 is the ultimate driving machine. One of the best features of the CX-9 is its SKYACTIV®-Drive six-speed automatic transmission. Drivers can use either the sports mode or the manual-shift mode to better fit their needs. The SKYACTIV®-G 2.5-liter engine pumps out 227 horsepower at 310 pound-feet of torque. This four-cylinder engine has dynamic-pressure turbo output. Whether you drive the CX-9 in front-wheel drive, or you drive it in all-wheel drive, the CX-9 can give you at least 20 mpg in the city while providing at least 26 mpg on the open road. The vehicle's chassis is very strong in which it hosts electronic brake force distribution for better stopping power.

The 2018 Toyota Highlander has never been a slouch in the performance department. This particular vehicle has a direct-injection V6 engine that's available in 3.5 liters. Thanks to Toyota's next-generation technologies, the Highlander will give you a great blend of power and efficiency. There are three trims of this vehicle, which comes in the LE, the SE, and the Limited Edition. Depending on your choice, the engines will either come in 2.7 liters or 3.5 liters. Horsepower starts at 185 and goes up to 295 depending on the model. It's Dynamic-Torque Control technology creates the most comfortable ride possible.

Technology Advancements

The Mazda CX-9 seems to be unbeatable when it comes to advanced technologies in this specific class. This vehicle takes integration to a whole new level. Passengers can use their smartphones for a most immersive experience. The CX-9 offers Apple CarPlay, audio text messages, and Siri technology. For a more enjoyable listening experience, this cabin has sound-dampening material that helps to reduce outside noise. MAZDA CONNECT™ technology is loaded into the infotainment center that sits up front. This touchscreen display lets you access your audiobooks, maps, and music at the touch of a button.

The Toyota Highlander is fully loaded with advanced technologies in the safety department. This vehicle provides Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Blind-Spot Monitoring technology and Smart Stop technology. The eight-inch touchscreen display has stunning color, and the advanced Entune-Multimedia bundle holds all of your favorite apps in one place for convenience. The driver and the passengers can choose between SiriusXM radio's 150 channels. Though there are a lot of options here, the infotainment center is cluttered with too many buttons, knobs, and lights.


The Mazda CX-9 definitely outshines the Toyota Highlander in the looks department. The Highlander just doesn't have too many features that catch the eye other than its beautifully slanted LED headlamps and taillights. It also comes in various hues such as midnight black, celestial silver, and blizzard pearl. The CX-9 has a gorgeous profile that sits low. The SUV's curves flow evenly from all angles, but its front end could use more accents. This vehicle comes in a wide range of metallic hues, including Soul Red, Machine Gray and Sonic Silver.

All in all, the 2019 Mazda CX-9 wins this challenge rather quickly because it gives you a little bit of everything. The 2018 Toyota Highlander will surely need to go back to the drawing board for more inspiration, but it has many exceptional qualities.