2020 MAZDA CX-9 vs 2020 Toyota Highlander
2020 MAZDA CX-9 2020 Toyota Highlander
Starting MSRP *
  $33,890 * $34,600
  310 lb-ft 263 lb-ft
Ground Clearance
  8.8 in. 8.0 in.

2020 MAZDA CX-9 vs 2020 Toyota Highlander

Serving Troy, MI

The Mazda CX-9 and the Toyota Highlander are popular models of midsize crossovers, and both of them may have your attention today as you prepare to buy your next new vehicle. While they share a few similarities, such as the third row of seats, they stand apart in terms of style, features, and performance capabilities. Also, the 2020 Mazda CX-9’s base price is slightly lower than the 2020 Highlander’s base price. What are their other standout qualities?


Both models have a distinctly modern look, but they execute this in unique ways. The Mazda CX-9 for 2020 is sultry with undulating contouring through the otherwise smooth sides. The contours flare over the front fenders to highlight the smoothness of the hood. Slanted LED headlights are directly integrated with the hexagonal grille. The 2020 Toyota Highlander’s exterior has a chunkier look with a stronger definition through the sides and over the rear haunches. The front end shows off a tall hood with separation between the extended headlights and the small grille.


Both models have a floating infotainment system display screen with Bluetooth tech and smartphone integration inside their cabins. The Mazda CX-9’s dashboard has long, eye-catching layers and carries controls for the navigation system, the auto climate control system, and other equipment. The Highlander’s interior, on the other hand, has a hanging, ledge-like style. The infotainment screen is mounted with the manual controls for the climate management system.


Additional differences are experienced when you compare the capabilities of the Mazda CX-9 to the Highlander. The four Mazda CX-9 trim levels feature G-Vectoring Control with the Skyactiv®-Vehicle Dynamics System. They also have a 250-horsepower, Skyactiv®-G 2.5-liter turbo engine. If you choose to drive the Highlander, you will need to choose between a hybrid and a gas powertrain. These are both tied to a CVT.

Our Suburban Mazda of Troy sales department welcomes you to drop by soon to check out the 2020 Mazda CX-9 in person. Call ahead to schedule a test drive appointment with one of our associates.

* MSRP excludes tax, title, license fees and $1,100 destination charge (Alaska $1,145). Vehicle shown may be priced higher. Actual dealer price will vary. See dealer for complete details.