Exploring the 2020 Mazda CX-9 vs Toyota Highlander

The CX-9 Takes on its Challenger

Front view of the 2020 Mazda CX-9

CAPACITY

Seating

Doors

ENGINE

Liters/Type

Horsepower (hp)

Torque (lb-ft)

TRANSMISSION

Type

DRIVETRAIN

Type

FUEL CONSUMPTION

Estimated Fuel Economy (city / hwy)

STARTING MSRP

Price (USD)

Mazda CX-9 Sport

Mazda CX-9 Sport

CAPACITY

7 Adults

4 Doors

ENGINE

2.5L SKYACTIV-G Turbo 4-Cylinder

250 hp @ 5,000 rpm

320 lb-ft @ 2,500 rpm

TRANSMISSION

SKYACTIV®-Drive 6-Speed Automatic

DRIVETRAIN

Front-Wheel Drive

FUEL CONSUMPTION

22/28

STARTING MSRP

$33,790

Toyota Highlander L

Toyota Highlander L

CAPACITY

8 Adults

4 Doors

ENGINE

3.5L V6

295 hp @ 6,600 rpm

263 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm

TRANSMISSION

8-Speed Automatic

DRIVETRAIN

Front-Wheel Drive

FUEL CONSUMPTION

21/29

STARTING MSRP

$34,600

Welcome Aboard

The 2020 Mazda CX-9 brings style, capability, and functionality to each journey thanks to uncanny engineering and unmated sophistication. Vowing to take its spot on top, the 2020 Toyota Highlander features a recent redesign in attempts to shake the CX-9 in its boots. Dive in with us as we put these two SUVs head to head and discover how the CX-9 stays firm in its place and is unbothered by the Toyota Highlander’s presence. To discover the CX-9 in person, make your way down to Werner Mazda and get behind the wheel of this dynamic SUV.

Eye-Catching Design

The 2020 Mazda CX-9 features a striking design utilizing sharp curves and seductive contours to draw eyes to its presence. Upfront, it features an oversized grille and sleek LED headlights. As your eyes travel down its body, the SUV uses seductive curves that all come together in harmony to create this stunning exterior. Sleek taillights set across its tailgate, as does a rear roof-mounted spoiler while riding on stunning available 20-inch aluminum wheels.

The 2020 Toyota Highlander brings alternative style, using rounded edges to accentuate its style. Appearing as if it’s allergic to edges, the Highlander appears awkward and uncomfortable with its new redesign. Nevertheless, the SUV still manages to provide amenities like LED headlights and available 20-inch wheels like the CX-9.

Invigorating Performance

Pop open the hood of the CX-9 and you’ll enjoy the power that comes from a standard SKYACTIV® 2.5-liter Dynamic Pressure turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that generates a healthy 250 horsepower and 320lb-ft of torque. Power is transferred through a 6-speed automatic transmission and delivered to the front wheels to return an EPA estimated 28MPG on the highway. Opt for all-weather handling and capability when the pavement ends and you’ll enjoy the available all-wheel drive from the i-ACTIV® AWD system with Off-road Mode.

Open the hood of the 2020 Highlander and you’re stuck with a dated 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 295 horsepower and only 264lb-ft of torque. Power is routed to the front wheels but also features available all-wheel drive for all-weather handling. The Highlander’s V6 fails to offer the torque and fuel economy of the CX-9, featuring a combined EPA estimated 24MPG.

Encompassing Safety

Standing tall in the face of danger, the 2020 Mazda CX-9 features an advanced suite of driver-assist safety features to ensure that each drive, commute, and adventure is made with confidence. Forward collision warning with advanced brake support prevents frontal collisions as you venture through the city, warning you and applying emergency brake force if an imminent collision is detected. Lane Keep Assist will not only monitor your road position, and provide a lane departure warning, but will also provide gentle steering correction to help keep you in your lane. Other invaluable features include a blind-spot warning with rear cross-traffic assist, and adaptive cruise control with stop and go that not only reduces driver fatigue but also continues to work if traffic comes to a halt.

Trying not to be outdone, the 2020 Toyota Highlander provides strikingly similar safety features under the guise of a different name: Toyota Safety Sense-P.

Steering wheel and entertainment console of the 2020 Mazda Cx-9

Accommodations for Everyone

Climb inside and the 2020 CX-9 invites you to take the grand tour and explore all of its amenities. CX-9 Signature models feature Nappa Leather seats with heating and ventilation functions. LED Overhead Accent Lighting sets the mood, while the moonroof gives you stunning sky views. The three-row SUV is also generous with its space, giving you the ability to seat seven passengers comfortably while providing comfortable amenities for the whole cabin. Available second-row captains chairs maximize comfort, making grand accommodations for six and a signature experience through each journey.

The 2020 Toyota Highlander strives to make the same accommodations by featuring available leather heated seats but fails to provide the small touches of elegance that matter, like accent lighting and genuine aluminum trim. You also may find yourself cramped on a long drive, as the 2020 Highlander crams eight passengers inside and tells you to keep yourself entertained until you arrive.

Connected Tech

Technology is brought to life thanks to the available 9-inch floating display that brings Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto. Your favorite jams are brought to life thanks to the available 12-speaker Bose® sound system that comes standard on the CX-9 Signature trim.

Once again following in the CX-9s footsteps, the Highlander features a similarly sized touchscreen infotainment system that features Apple Carplay® and Android Auto connectivity but fails to offer the renowned Bose® surround sound system.

There’s Only One Choice

The 2020 Mazda CX-9 beats the Toyota Highlander in every category, thanks to superior engineering, style, and performance. If you’re looking for a Mazda CX-9 for sale, come into Werner Mazda where you can explore our vast inventory of new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles. Here, you’ll not only enjoy incredible customer service from our knowledgeable sales staff but you’ll benefit from our finance department that makes the buying and leasing princess seamless. Come into Werner Mazda today and get behind the wheel of the 2020 Mazda CX-9.