2019 Mazda CX-9 vs 2019 Toyota Highlander

Driver side exterior view of a black 2019 Mazda CX-9 on the left "vs" passenger side exterior view of a blue 2019 Toyota Highlander on the right

Honestly, the hardest part about finding the right SUV is the abundance of choices that are available. You know what you need and all you want is an easy to understand comparison of two similar options. The 2019 Mazda CX-9 and the 2019 Toyota Highlander are two large SUVs that provide plenty of interior cargo and passenger versatility as well as cabin comforts for everyone to enjoy. Take a look at our simple and straightforward comparison of the standard drivetrain, cargo & passenger space, and interior features of the CX-9 and Highlander right here below.

2019 Mazda CX-9


2019 Toyota Highlander

2.5L SKYACTIV®-G Dynamic Pressure Turbo 4-Cylinder Standard Engine 2.7L 4-Cylinder
227 HP/ 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

Compare the 2019 Mazda CX-9 & the 2019 Toyota Highlander

Both the 2019 Mazda CX-9 and the 2019 Toyota Highlander offer All-Wheel Drive (AWD). However, the Highlander only offers AWD with an engine upgrade while the turbocharged engine of the CX-9 can be equipped with AWD at every trim level. The engine upgrade for the 2019 Highlander does deliver more horsepower and torque than the standard engine of the 2019 Mazda CX-9 but the CX-9 still provides superior fuel economy ratings.

The 2019 CX-9 and the 2019 Highlander have seating for seven people when equipped with 2nd-row captain’s chairs but the Highlander does offer a 2nd-row bench seat for available eight-passenger seating. The overall passenger volume is also very similar for the 2019 Mazda CX-9 and the 2019 Toyota Highlander but the CX-9 provides passengers with more 2nd-row legroom than the Highlander does. The Toyota Highlander also does offer more overall cargo space but the 2019 Mazda CX-9 has 14.4 cubic feet of standard storage space and the Highlander only has 13.8 cubic feet.

On the interior of the 2019 Mazda CX-9 you will find a standard 7” Color Touchscreen Display with the MAZDA CONNECT® Infotainment System while the 2019 Highlander only sees a standard 6.1” display. The 2019 Mazda CX-9 also gets standard Three-Zone Automatic Climate Control, Push-Button Start, and a Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel & Shift Knob. All features you can find inside the Toyota Highlander at a higher trim level that costs you more money. With better overall standard equipment the 2019 Mazda CX-9 is the easy winner over the 2019 Toyota Highlander.