2018 Mazda CX-9 vs 2018 Toyota Highlander

Driver side exterior view of a gray 2018 Mazda CX-9 an the left "vs" driver side exterior view of a black 2018 Toyota Highlander

It is finally time to ditch your sedan for a more spacious SUV because your current car can’t keep up with your growing family’s needs. Two of the most appealing SUV’s available today are the 2018 Mazda CX-9 and the 2018 Toyota Highlander. Both of these vehicles will provide you with the increased interior space that you need as well as deliver a car-like driving experience. Powerful and responsive engines under the hood and ample cargo and passenger room make the 2018 Mazda CX-9 and the 2018 Toyota Highlander awesome SUV options. Have a look at our comparison of the 2018 Mazda CX-9 and the 2018 Toyota Highlander right here to help make your decision easier between these two beauties.

2018 Mazda CX-9


2018 Toyota Highlander

SKYACTIV®-G 2.5T Turbo 4-Cylinder Standard Engine 2.7L 4-Cylinder
227 Horsepower/ 250 LB-FT Horsepower/ Torque 185 HP/ 184 LB-FT
SKYACTIV®-Drive 6-Speed Automatic Standard Transmission 6-Speed Automatic
22 MPG City/ 28 MPG HWY Fuel Economy* 20 MPG City/ 24 MPG HWY
*EPA estimates of the Base Trim Level with Standards Equipment

Compare the Mazda CX-9 & the Toyota Highlander

As you can see from the chart above the 2018 Mazda CX-9 has a more powerful and efficient standard drivetrain than the 2018 Highlander. The Mazda CX-9 has standard seating for seven people while the 2018 Toyota Highlander has seating for eight, but the CX-9 provides more second and third-row legroom than the 2018 Toyota Highlander. The Mazda CX-9 also provides more standard interior amenities than the 2018 Toyota Highlander. Standard features of the Mazda CX-9 include a Three-Zone Automatic Climate Control, a Push-Button Start, a 7” Color Touchscreen Display, and Steering Wheel Mounted Controls. You can find most of these features inside the Toyota Highlander once you start climbing up the trim levels. When Upgrading to the 2018 Mazda CX-9 Signature trim level, customers will be rewarded with an 8” Color Touchscreen Display, Genuine Rosewood Inlays, Nappa Leather-Trimmed Seats, and a 12-Speaker Bose® Surround Sound System. With a better performing drivetrain and fancier interior features, the 2018 Mazda CX-9 is the easy winner over the 2018 Highlander. Come to Royal South in Bloomington, IN and take the 2018 Mazda CX-9 for a test drive today.