Mazda CX-9 vs. Toyota Highlander

2020 MAZDA CX-9


Toyota Highlander
22 city mpg*

EPA-Estimated City MPG

21city mpg
310 @ 2,000 rpm


263 @ 4,700 rpm



Consumer Rating


Mazda CX-9 vs Toyota Highlander

Are you in the market for the newMazda CX 9? The sleek good looks, the high-performing engine, and the comfortable interior all come together to make this SUV a fine addition to any Fairview driveway. But how does it stack up against the competition? We think the Mazda CX-9 beats the pants off of any three-row SUV in its class. And to prove it, we’ve put together this detailed, side by side comparison of the Mazda CX-9 vs. Toyota Highlander 2020 base models below. We’ve built our Mazda CX-9 vs Highlander comparison on three categories: cost, power, and consumer rating.

MAZDA CX-9 vs Toyota Highlander: Price

If you’re like a lot of our Collinsville customers, you’re looking to save where you can in today’s economy. Maybe that’s why the Mazda CX-9 is so popular. The MSRP of the Mazda CX-9 base model comes in at just $33,890**, compared to $34,600 for the Toyota Highlander. But that’s not the only way you can save with the Mazda CX-9. This three-row SUV gets an impressive EPA-estimated 22 miles per gallon in the city*. Of course, to really save you should check out ourcurrent specials.

MAZDA CX-9 vs Highlander: Power

The Mazda CX-9 produces a ton more torque than the Toyota Highlander. We’re talking 310 lb-ft of torque compared to just 263 lb-ft from the Highlander. Why is torque important? Torque is the “pulling power” in an engine that can get you up a hill or pull a trailer. It’s really important for large vehicles like three-row SUVs to have a lot of torque, which the Mazda CX-9 has in spades.

MAZDA CX-9 vs Toyota Highlander: Consumer Reviews

We would be remiss if we concluded this Mazda CX-9 vs Highlander comparison without talking about what actual customers have to say about it. Numbers don’t lie – customers like the Mazda CX-9 better than the Highlander. In reviews of both vehicles on, the Mazda CX-9 scored nearly a perfect 5 stars (and outperformed the Highlander) in the following categories:

  • Comfort
  • Value for the money
  • Interior Design
  • Reliability
  • Exterior styling

Get Your New MAZDA CX-9 from Auffenberg Mazda

You’ll be happy to know the new Mazda CX-9 is available right now at Auffenberg Mazda of O'Fallon. We make it easy for you to get behind the wheel of your next vehicle. You can even apply for financing online to get pre-approved for the new or used Mazda CX-9 you love. Our dealership is conveniently located near St. Jacob, but you can also browse our entire inventory from the comfort of your own home! So, contact us today and we can help you learn more about the Mazda CX-9 mpg and more!

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*EPA-estimated mpg ratings. Actual mileage will vary.
**MSRP excludes tax, title, license fees and $945 destination charge (Alaska $990). Vehicle shown may be priced higher. Actual dealer price will vary. See dealer for complete details.
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