2019 Mazda CX-9 Sport vs 2019 Toyota Highlander LE

2019 CX-9 vs 2019 Highlander

There’s no shortage of options when it comes to SUVs and crossovers. The US market is full of them. They’re great for families or people who need the cargo space. So which brand do you choose?

Today we’ll pit two heavy-hitting SUVs against each other: the 2019 Mazda CX-9 Sport and the 2019 Toyota Highlander LE. Let’s see who comes out on top.

2019 Mazda CX-9 Sport


2019 Toyota Highlander LE

$32,280 MSRP $33,880
2.5L-turbocharged inline 4-cyl Engine 3.5L V6
227 hp / 310 ft-lbs Horsepower / Torque 295 hp / 263 ft-lbs
FWD or AWD Drivetrain FWD or AWD
6-speed shiftable automatic Transmission 8-speed shiftable automatic
22 / 28 / 24 mpg Fuel Economy 21 / 27 / 23 mpg

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Confident Performance

Despite the smaller engine, the CX-9 makes up for the relative lack of power with outrageous torque. This means that the CX-9 is quicker off the line than the Highlander, doing 0-60 mph in 7.3 seconds to the 7.9 seconds of the Highlander. The CX-9 truly outperforms its competition in handling, steering, and braking. All of which are categories where the Highlander is solidly average. The CX-9 brakes from 60-0 mph in just 115 feet; that’s a shorter distance than most sedans. Steering is stellar, maintaining a fantastic driver-vehicle-road connection. Handling is nimble and sure-footed, even in demanding conditions.

Superior Technology

Toyota has been noted for its focus on safety features as opposed to keeping up with consumer technology. The 2019 Highlander is no different. It feels outdated by a year or two, at least. The lack of Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto are keenly felt, considering both are standard on the CX-9. The CX-9 doesn’t sacrifice safety features either, going blow-for-blow with the Highlander. We found that CX-9 safety features were just as—if not more—fine-tuned than those in Highlander. The CX-9 features also appear to be less prone to false alarms.

Want to learn more about what the CX-9 has to offer? Stop by Hall Mazda in Brookfield, WI, or give us a call. We’d be happy to set up a test drive or answer any questions you may have.