Mazda CX-9 vs. Volkswagen Atlas

2021 MAZDA CX-9 vs. 2021 Volkswagen Atlas


Starting MSRP


Adaptive Cruise Control

Not Available
320 lb-ft


258 lb-ft
3,500 pounds

Standard Towing Capacity

2,000 pounds
22 city/28 highway

EPA-Estimated MPG

21 city/24 highway

If you’re in the market for a new SUV that is versatile yet easy to maneuver around those Collinsville streets, allow Auffenberg Mazda to help you compare the 2021 Mazda CX-9 vs. Volkswagen Atlas. We know the competition for SUVs in today’s market is continuously raising the stakes, so why not compare the new Mazda CX-9 vs. Volkswagen Atlas? Further compare the performance, interior, and safety of the Mazda CX-9 vs. Volkswagen Atlas down below!

MAZDA CX-9 vs. VW Atlas: Performance

When you compare the new Mazda CX-9 vs. Volkswagen Atlas, you’ll notice so many similarities so lets focus on the differences. Now, if you’re more of the adventurous Fairview traveler, you’ll want to go with the Mazda CX-9. This SUV can tow up to 3,500 pounds with standard equipment! The 2021 Atlas can tow up to 2,000 pounds only when properly equipped with an upgraded trim.

MAZDA CX-9 vs. VW Atlas: Interior

When it comes down to the Mazda CX-9 vs. Volkswagen Atlas interior comparison, there’s no question that the Mazda CX-9 offers greater value. In the Mazda CX-9 base trim, safety features like Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keeping Assist and Active driver-assist features come standard unlike the VW Atlas. When you compare Mazda CX-9 vs. VW Atlas comfort amenities, you’ll see the following features as standard in the Mazda CX-9 only:

  • Leather steering wheel
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Leather/metal-look gear shift knob

MAZDA CX-9 vs. VW Atlas: Safety

We can’t quite compare the 2021 Mazda CX-9 vs. Volkswagen Atlas because the safety ratings for most 2021 have not been tested. Let’s take a look at the 2020 results. The 2020 CX-9 earned the highest possible safety scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), landing a Top Safety Pick+ designation. Compare the 2020 safety scores below:

MAZDA CX-9: Safety Scores

  • NHTSA Overall Score — 5 out of 5 stars
  • IIHS Vehicle-to-Vehicle Front Crash Prevention — Superior
  • IIHS Headlight Crash Avoidance — Moderate to Good (varies by trim)

Volkswagen Atlas: Safety Scores

  • NHTSA Overall Score — 5 out of 5 stars
  • IIHS Vehicle-to-Vehicle Front Crash Prevention — Superior
  • IIHS Headlight Crash Avoidance — Poor to Moderate (varies by trim)
  • IIHS LATCH Child Seat Anchors Ease of Use — Moderate (varies by trim)

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*MSRP excludes taxes, title, license fees and $1,100 destination charge (Alaska $1,145). Vehicle shown may be priced higher. Actual dealer price will vary. See dealer for complete details.

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