2021 Mazda CX-9 vs 2021 Subaru Ascent

2021 Mazda CX-9 vs 2021 Subaru Ascent

In a world of stale family haulers, superb driving dynamics are a bit of a rarity. Enter the Mazda CX-9 and the Subaru Ascent. These expert-crafted crossovers provide the sporty handling and corner-cutting agility you need to ward off a mid-life crisis – all while still offering the same depth of interior space, safety systems, and fuel economy performance families look for in more mainstream SUVs.

But which is the right fit for you and your family? The comparison table below offers a quick look into how the 2021 Mazda CX-9 and the 2021 Subaru Ascent match up in some key categories.

2021 Mazda CX-9


2021 Subaru Ascent

$33,960 Starting MSRP $32,295
22 city/28 hwy mpg Fuel Economy 21 city/27 hwy mpg
Standard Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers Available
10.25-inch Touchscreen Central Infotainment Display 6.5- or 8-inch Touchscreen

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The cabin of the 2021 Mazda CX-9 is often regarded as one of the nicest among three-row crossovers. Mazda’s designers make great use of premium materials and luxury touches. Even the basic CX-9 Sport has a large 10.25-inch touchscreen, tri-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, keyless entry, rain-sensing wipers, and the full range of i-ACTIVSENSE™ safety systems.

The list of standard i-ACTIVSENSE™ features includes Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection, High Beam Control, Lane Departure Warning System, Lane-keep Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go.

Our consensus? Both the 2021 Mazda CX-9 and the 2021 Subaru Ascent are competitive choices for performance-minded crossover shoppers looking for something they’ll actually want to drive, but the Mazda CX-9 better straddles the line between great driving dynamics and family-friendly versatility.

Looking for more on the 2021 Mazda CX-9? SUV shoppers can get answers to all their questions when they contact the team at Gwatney Mazda of Germantown.

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