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2019 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Crossover SUVs represent the most popular class of vehicles in the United States. Gwatney Mazda of Germantown is home to some of the top options in the segment, especially the latest version of the three-row Mazda CX-9. For the new model year, a comparison of the 2019 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2018 Volkswagen Atlas will contain quite a bit of information that will be very useful to potential buyers. There are a lot of similarities between the two vehicles, but customers will want to take a look below the surface. Both models are available with three rows of passenger seating and are powered by turbocharged, four-cylinder engines. However, the Mazda crossover SUV is able to offer a few key advantages over its VW competitor. Customers can schedule a test drive with the 2019 Mazda CX-9 today by calling, 833-241-6312.

In order for any vehicle to be successful in today’s automotive industry, it must offer the latest technology. The 2019 Mazda CX-9 easily fits that bill. Mazda has vastly updated the technological profile of its largest crossover SUV by making its native infotainment system compatible with the Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ suites of applications. The 2018 Atlas offers this capability as well, but the latest Mazda CX-9 takes its technology offerings to a higher level – especially at the upper trim grades. Gwatney Mazda of Germantown customers who choose the Grand Touring trim will get a surround-view camera system as well as a digital heads-up display with traffic sign recognition. The 2018 VW Atlas doesn’t offer these systems or capabilities.


2019 Mazda CX-9


2018 VW Atlas

Turbo., 2.5-L, 4-Cyl. Engine Turbo., 2.0-L, 4-Cyl.
227/310 Horsepower/Torque 185/184
7 passengers Max. Seating Capacity 7 passengers
Yes Smartphone Integration Yes


Performance Specs

All versions of the 2019 Mazda CX-9 available at Gwatney Mazda of Germantown use the same high-performing and efficient powertrain. Under the hood of the manufacturer’s largest crossover SUV is the turbocharged, SKYACTIV®-G 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that is attached to the SKYACTIV®-Drive six-speed automatic transmission. It will produce up to 227 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque with regular grade gasoline, but customers can achieve up to 250 horsepower by opting for premium grade fuel. When properly equipped, the 2019 Mazda CX-9 can record Environmental Protection Agency fuel economy scores of 22 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the highway.

Buyers choosing the turbocharged, four-cylinder engine option for the 2018 Atlas won’t be able to match that level of fuel economy, nor will they be able to get the same level of performance – even when using premium grade gasoline.



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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