Compare 2011 Mazda CX-9 vs 2011 Toyota Highlander

2011 Mazda CX-9
2011 Toyota Highlander
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FWD 4-Door Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door Sport 17 24 $26,983 $29,135
AWD 4-Door Sport 16 22 $28,271 $30,525
FWD 4-Door Touring 17 24 $28,762 $31,055
AWD 4-Door Touring 16 22 $30,048 $32,445
FWD 4-Door Grand Touring 17 24 $30,695 $33,145
AWD 4-Door Grand Touring 16 22 $31,981 $34,535
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FWD 4-Door L4 Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door L4 Base 20 25 $25,647 $28,090
FWD 4-Door V6 Base 18 24 $26,700 $29,245
4WD 4-Door V6 Base 17 22 $28,025 $30,695
FWD 4-Door L4 SE 20 25 $29,851 $32,695
FWD 4-Door V6 SE 18 24 $30,905 $33,850
4WD 4-Door V6 SE 17 22 $32,229 $35,300
FWD 4-Door V6 Limited 18 24 $32,498 $35,595
4WD 4-Door V6 Limited 17 22 $33,822 $37,045
Pricing
Invoice Price
$26,983
$25,647
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$29,135
$28,090
Monthly Payment Estimate
$486 / month
$468 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2011 Mazda CX-9 can carry seven in comfort, but it loves curves more than almost any other roomy crossover. The very family-friendly Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid impress us with their space and versatility, but show no sign of enthusiasm.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
24 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.7 59.5
Front Leg Room (in)
40.9 43.2
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 Volume (ft³)
139.4 145.7
Second Hip Room (in)
56.0 56.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.4 59.7
Third Leg Room (in)
32.4 29.9
Second Head Room (in)
39.0 40.1
Passenger Capacity
7 7
Third Hip Room (in)
43.7 42.3
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.0 7.8
Length, Overall (in)
200.2 188.4
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
47.3 - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
68.0 68.1
Liftover Height (in)
30.9 - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.7 64.2
Wheelbase (in)
113.2 109.8
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
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 -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
48.3 42.3
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
58.5 - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
34.8 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
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 -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
20.1 19.2
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.1 3.1
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
N/A - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.3 17.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 38.7
Tires
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
Front Tire Size
P245/60R18 P245/65R17
Spare Tire Size
T155/90R18 P245/65R17
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4330 3946
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 19 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
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 17 x 7.5
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
13.7 8.0
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas I4
Fuel System
MPFI Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
270 @ 4250 186 @ 4100
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.7L/227 2.7L/163
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
273 @ 6250 187 @ 5800
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
24 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 20
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.46 4.36
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.15 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 0.61
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.15 3.30
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.56 1.42
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.86 0.71
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.39 4.15
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.37 1.90
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Mazda CX-9 Toyota Highlander
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.55
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 1.02
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Independent
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.8 8.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 5
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
--
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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