2016 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2016 Toyota Highlander

2016 Mazda Cx-9 red

Mazda CX-9

2016 Toyota Highlander blue

Toyota Highlander

Stockton and Modesto drivers who are looking for a high-end three-row crossover often find themselves comparing the 2016 Mazda CX-9 to the 2016 Toyota Highlander. You’re not likely to find yourself disappointed with either choice, but the Mazda CX-9 does deliver in ways that the Highlander doesn’t. Here’s a quick overview of how they break down.

Power and Efficiency

The 2016 Toyota Highlander offers two engines to the 2016 Mazda CX-9’s one, but it fails to ably combine efficiency and performance, instead making you choose between an unappealing combination of the two.

The Mazda CX-9 fits a sophisticated 2.5L four-cylinder across all trim levels. With an output of 227 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, it boasts a higher degree of power than many available six-cylinder options, but cutting-edge engineering and a state-of-the-art six-speed automatic transmission combine to ensure mileage ratings of up to 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, or 21 mpg city and 27 mpg highway with AWD.

The Highlander’s underpowered standard engine offers just 185 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque — those are ratings you’d expect from a sedan, not a three-row crossover. It doesn’t even outpace the Mazda CX-9 in terms of efficiency, making just 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. For the type of power you’d expect, you’ll have to pay out extra for the 3.5L V6, which delivers an unimpressive 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.

Standard Features

The 2016 Mazda CX-9 sets a high standard when it comes to standard features, offering the following amenities across all trim levels:

  • Tri-Zone Climate Control: The driver, front-passenger, and rear passengers receive separate climate controls.
  • Keyless Entry: Open up the Mazda CX-9 simply by pressing on the door handle.
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel and Shift Knob: Wrap your hands around a luxurious steering wheel at the start of every drive.

Safety Features

Stockton and Modesto drivers receive top-of-the-line safety features with both the 2016 Mazda CX-9 and the 2016 Toyota Highlander, including:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Frontal Collision Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Automatic High-Beam Control

However, the 2016 Mazda CX-9 continues to outpace the Highlander by delivering a few exclusives of its own. The Adaptive Front Lighting System is one example — it turns your front lights with the steering column to ensure top-notch forward visibility. There’s also a Lane Keep Assist function that will apply corrective steering pressure if you deviate from your chosen lane without indicating.

The 2016 Mazda CX-9 is Ready and Waiting at Tracy Mazda

The 2016 Toyota Highlander is a strong crossover, but it falls short when compared to the 2016 Mazda CX-9, especially in terms of efficiency and technology. If you’d like to find out more about what the 2016 Mazda CX-9 can offer, just contact Tracy Mazda.