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2019 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2018 Toyota RAV4

Few vehicle classes in the current automotive industry are as difficult to unpack as the one occupied by crossover SUVs. Just about every automaker operating in the United States offers more than a few options and each of them share several common threads. In order to help current and potential Gwatney Mazda of Germantown customers an easier way to find the vehicle that is going to best serve their needs, considering this comparison between the 2019 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2018 Toyota RAV4. For the new model year, the 2019 Mazda CX-9 has been upgraded in several important ways, easily moving it closer to, or in front of, one of its fiercest rivals on the RAV4. The new three-row crossover SUV is now available at our showroom, buyers can schedule a test drive today by calling, 833-241-6312.

There is no doubting the fact that Toyota has done a lot of things right when they were designing the RAV4. However, over the years the automaker has neglected to make technology updates that are essential requirements in today’s industry. The 2019 Mazda CX-9 offers compatibility for the Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ suites of applications in most of the crossover SUV’s trim grades. Toyota does not offer this capability in the 2018 RAV4. The other major difference between the two vehicles which favors the Mazda model is passenger capacity. Owners of the 2019 Mazda CX-9 can accommodate up to seven passengers in its three rows of seats. The 2018 Toyota RAV4 only offers two rows of seats which represents spots for just five riders. Overall, the 2019 Mazda CX-9 has received high marks for passenger comfort.


2019 Mazda CX-9


2018 Toyota RAV4

Turbo., 2.5-L, 4-Cyl. Engine 2.5-L, 4-Cyl.
227/310 Horsepower/Torque 176/172
7 passengers Max. Seating Cap. 5 passengers
Yes Smartphone Integration No


Performance Specs

All trim grades of the 2019 Mazda CX-9 available at the Gwatney Mazda of Germantown showroom use the same powertrain. Under the hood of the new three-row Mazda crossover SUV is the SKYACTIV®-G turbocharged, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that is attached to the automaker’s SKYACTIV®-Drive six-speed automatic transmission. Mazda CX-9 owners will be able to expect the vehicle’s powertrain to produce 227 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque when using regular grade gasoline. However, the output can be boosted to 250 horsepower using higher octane fuel. For comparison, the sole powertrain of the 2018 Toyota RAV4 is a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that makes fewer than 180 horsepower.



A photo of the driver's cockpit in the 2019 Mazda CX-9.
A photo of some of the cargo space in the 2019 Mazda CX-9.
A photo of the gear-shifter in the 2019 Mazda CX-9.
A front-right quarter photo of the 2019 Mazda CX-9.
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