2020 Mazda CX-9 vs 2020 Toyota Highlander 

2020 Mazda CX-9 vs 2020 Toyota Highlander

As three-row SUVs go, the Mazda CX-9 has no true rival. The SUV’s impressive cornering abilities and elite styling make it a rare find among family vehicles of the same size. Still, we’re interested to see how the peerless Mazda CX-9 looks alongside mainstream segment rivals, and what better place to start than with the Toyota Highlander.

Redesigned for this year, the 2020 Toyota Highlander opens its fourth generation with more features than ever before. See where this puts it against its Mazda counterpart in our comparison of the 2020 Mazda CX-9 versus the all-new 2020 Toyota Highlander.

2020 Mazda CX-9 


2020 Toyota Highlander 

$33,790  Starting MSRP  $34,600 
SKYACTIV®-G 2.5-liter Dynamic Pressure Turbo  Base Engine  3.5-liter V6 
250 hp, 320 lb-ft  Horsepower / Torque  295 hp, 263 lb-ft 
14.4 cubic feet  Cargo Volume  13.8 cubic feet 

Comparing the Interior Space, Features and Safety Highlights of the Mazda CX-9 and Toyota Highlander 

Inside, the 2020 Mazda CX-9 provides seating for up to seven passengers. Depending on your configuration, the 2020 Toyota Highlander seats seven or eight. Interior space is in no shortage for either model, though the Highlander does slice off legroom to a meager 27.7 inches in the third row. Aside from its spacious rear seat, the Mazda CX-9 sets aside more room for your belongings with 14.4 cubic feet of standard cargo space – that's about half a cubic foot north of what the Highlander can provide.

Both models feature their own standard suite of active safety features, but only the Mazda CX-9 offers Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert standard across the range. And towards the peak of the lineup, the 2020 Mazda CX-9 comes equipped to rival luxury brands. Standard amenities found on the CX-9 Signature include Nappa leather upholstery, Genuine Santos Rosewood accents, i-ACTIV AWD® technology, a 12-speaker Bose® premium audio system and the windshield-projected Active Driving Display.

When it comes to true sophistication, there’s no betting against a Mazda. If you’re in the Memphis area and shopping for a new vehicle, we welcome you to drop in and test drive the Mazda CX-9 for yourself.

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