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2019 Mazda CX-9

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2019 Toyota Highlander

2019 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2019 Toyota Highlander

Saipan drivers looking for a dependable and affordable SUV with plenty of space for passengers and cargo have likely come across the 2019 Mazda CX-9 and 2019 Toyota Highlander during their search. While both SUVs certainly have their merits, only one is capable of earning a coveted spot on your driveway. So, which SUV will it be? Triple J Saipan% has compared the Mazda CX-9 vs. Toyota Highlander to help you make an informed decision. See which model comes out on top!

2019 Mazda CX-9


2019 Toyota Highlander

24 MPG

Combined MPG

22 MPG
227 hp


185 hp

Standard Leather Steering Wheel

Standard USB Ports

Standard Proximity Key

3,500 lbs.

Max Towing Capacity

1,500 lbs.

CX-9 vs. Highlander: Performance and Efficiency

Performance is one of the top concerns for CNMI drivers. If ample horsepower and remarkable fuel economy are what you are searching for, you will want to select the Mazda CX-9 over the Toyota Highlander. Let’s take a look at the engine specs and fuel economy figures for each vehicle below:

2019 Mazda CX-9

The 2019 Mazda CX-9 also comes with Mazda exclusive i-ACTIV AWD®.

2019 Toyota Highlander

  • Engine: 2.7L engine that generates 185 hp
  • Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined): 20/22/24 mpg

When it comes to towing power, the Mazda CX-9 once again outshines its competitor from Toyota. The Mazda SUV provides 3,500 lbs. of towing capacity, while the Toyota Highlander falls a bit short at 1,500 lbs.

CX-9 vs. Highlander: Tech Features

Many drivers are looking for a vehicle with an impressive array of tech features for a more comfortable and convenient drive. This is another area where the Mazda CX-9 has more to offer than the 2019 Toyota Highlander. While both share some similar features like Bluetooth connectivity, voice recognition, 6 speakers, and an aux port, there are a few features that are standard on the base CX-9 that are not standard or even offered on the base 2019 Toyota Highlander. Those features include:

  • Available navigation system
  • Available heated front seats
  • Available parking assist
  • Blind spot monitoring system
  • Keyless access system

Perform Your Own SUV Comparison Today

Mazda CX-9 vs. Highlander? After taking a look at our SUV comparison, it is clear that the Mazda CX-9 is the better buy. Visit Triple J Saipan% today to set up a test drive. You can also compare the Hyundai Tucson vs. the Honda CR-V. Contact us today with any questions.

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