2021 Mazda CX-9 vs 2021 Toyota Highlander 

2021 Mazda CX-9 vs 2021 Toyota Highlander

The 2021 Mazda CX-9 may be priced and placed to compete among three-row midsize SUVs, but it’s really in a class of its own. From its sleek design to its refined world-class interior, the CX-9 is so drenched in upscale amenities that it could easily be mistaken for something from a luxury nameplate.

Here we put that sentiment to the test when we pit the Mazda CX-9 against another reputable top-selling three-row crossover SUV – the Toyota Highlander. The table below takes a deeper dive into what sets the 2021 Mazda CX-9 and the 2021 Toyota Highlander apart.

2021 Mazda CX-9


2021 Toyota Highlander

$33,960 Starting MSRP $32,250
22 city/28 hwy mpg Fuel Economy 20 city/27 hwy mpg
Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control System Dual-Zone Automatic
10.25-inch Touchscreen Central Infotainment Display 5- or 8-inch Touchscreen

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Regardless of which price level you’re looking to explore, the 2021 Mazda CX-9 offers a better dollar-to-feature ratio than the competing 2021 Toyota Highlander lineup. Even the most basic CX-9 has tri-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, push-button start, a large 10.25-inch touchscreen, rain-sensing wipers, and the full suite of i-ACTIVSENSE™ active safety features. Higher trims will welcome premium leather seating surfaces, a 12-speaker Bose audio system, wireless charging, a power moonroof, a head-up display, and so much more.

All versions of the 2021 Mazda CX-9 come with a suite of built-in active safety features like Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection, Smart Brake Support with Collision Warning, High Beam Control, Lane Departure Warning System, Lane-keep Assist, and Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go.

Thirsty for more details on the 2021 Mazda CX-9? Drivers can reach out to the team here at Gwatney Mazda of Germantown for personalized assistance.


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