Compare 2009 Mazda CX-9 vs 2008 Toyota Highlander

2009 Mazda CX-9
2008 Toyota Highlander
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FWD 4-Door Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door Sport 16 22 $27,600 $29,820
AWD 4-Door Sport 15 21 $28,892 $31,220
FWD 4-Door Touring 16 22 $29,349 $31,715
AWD 4-Door Touring 15 21 $30,640 $33,115
FWD 4-Door Grand Touring 16 22 $31,276 $33,805
AWD 4-Door Grand Touring 15 21 $32,567 $35,205
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FWD 4-Door Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door Base 18 24 $24,475 $27,500
4WD 4-Door Base 17 23 $25,765 $28,950
FWD 4-Door Sport 18 24 $26,833 $30,150
4WD 4-Door Sport 17 23 $28,124 $31,600
FWD 4-Door Limited 18 24 $29,281 $32,900
4WD 4-Door Limited 17 23 $30,571 $34,350
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,600
$24,475
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$29,820
$27,500
Monthly Payment Estimate
$497 / month
$458 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
Few seven-passenger vehicles are more road-friendly than the 2009 Mazda CX-9. Its looks and features list impress too. Most Americans prefer mushy white bread, and the 2008 Toyota Highlander is a larger, high-quality "loaf" that will satisfy most every consumer.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
22 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Third Leg Room (in)
32.4 29.9
Second Head Room (in)
39.0 40.1
Third Hip Room (in)
43.7 42.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.7 59.5
Front Leg Room (in)
40.9 43.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
139.2 145.7
Third Head Room (in)
35.4 36.3
Front Hip Room (in)
56.5 56.7
Third Shoulder Room (in)
56.9 55.0
Second Leg Room (in)
39.8 38.3
Front Head Room (in)
39.6 40.6
Passenger Capacity
7 7
Second Hip Room (in)
56.0 56.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.4 59.7
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
31.7 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
76.2 75.2
Track Width, Front (in)
65.1 64.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.0 8.1
Length, Overall (in)
199.8 188.4
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
47.3 - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
68.0 68.1
Liftover Height (in)
NA - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.7 64.2
Wheelbase (in)
113.2 109.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
48.4 42.3
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
34.8 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
100.7 95.4
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
19.0 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
17.2 10.3
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
46.1 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
48.9 - TBD -
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.8 x - TBD - 12.2 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x - TBD - 12.9 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
20.1 19.2
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.3 17.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 38.7
Steering Type
Pwr rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.1 3.1
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
41.2 - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P245/60R18 P245/65R17
Spare Tire Size
T155/90R18 P245/65R17
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/60R18 P245/65R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 2000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 2000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4334 3979
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 17 x 7.5
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 17 x 7.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
11.7 9.9
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
MPI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
270 @ 4250 249 @ 4700
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.7L/227.4 3.5L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
273 @ 6250 270 @ 6200
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
18 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
22 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 18
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.46 3.48
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.15 1.05
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.15 4.24
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.56 1.52
Trans Type
6 5
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.86 0.76
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.39 3.38
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.37 2.36
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Mazda CX-9 Toyota Highlander
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Sport-tuned
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA Sport-tuned
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 -

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