Compare 2012 Toyota Highlander vs 2012 Mazda CX-9

2012 Toyota Highlander
2012 Mazda CX-9
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FWD 4-Door I4
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door I4 20 25 $25,783 $28,240
FWD 4-Door V6 18 24 $26,838 $29,395
4WD 4-Door V6 17 22 $28,161 $30,845
FWD 4-Door I4 SE 20 25 $29,987 $32,845
FWD 4-Door V6 SE 18 24 $31,042 $34,000
4WD 4-Door V6 SE 17 22 $32,366 $35,450
FWD 4-Door V6 Limited 18 24 $32,635 $35,745
4WD 4-Door V6 Limited 17 22 $33,959 $37,195
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FWD 4-Door Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door Sport 17 24 $28,125 $29,725
AWD 4-Door Sport 16 22 $29,439 $31,115
FWD 4-Door Touring 17 24 $29,941 $31,645
AWD 4-Door Touring 16 22 $31,254 $33,035
FWD 4-Door Grand Touring 17 24 $31,917 $33,735
AWD 4-Door Grand Touring 16 22 $33,230 $35,125
Pricing
Invoice Price
$25,783
$28,125
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$28,240
$29,725
Monthly Payment Estimate
$471 / month
$495 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid to roomy, three-row family crossover wagons what the Camry is to mid-size sedans: comfortable, safe, and full-featured—but more than a little bland. The 2012 Mazda CX-9 is a little more enjoyable to drive than most crossovers its size, while it manages three rows of seating, a plush cabin, and decent comfort.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
25 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Third Shoulder Room (in)
55.0 56.9
Second Leg Room (in)
38.3 39.8
Front Head Room (in)
40.6 39.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
145.7 139.4
Second Hip Room (in)
56.5 56.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.7 59.4
Third Leg Room (in)
29.9 32.4
Second Head Room (in)
40.1 39.0
Passenger Capacity
7 7
Third Hip Room (in)
42.3 43.7
Second Shoulder Room (in)
59.5 58.7
Front Leg Room (in)
43.2 40.9
Third Head Room (in)
36.3 35.4
Front Hip Room (in)
56.7 56.5
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - 47.3
Height, Overall (in)
68.1 68.0
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 31.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.2 64.7
Wheelbase (in)
109.8 113.2
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - 31.7
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
75.2 76.2
Track Width, Front (in)
64.0 65.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.8 8.0
Length, Overall (in)
188.4 200.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - 48.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
42.3 48.3
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - 58.5
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - 34.8
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
95.4 100.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- TBD - 19.0
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
10.3 17.2
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - 46.1
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.9 x - TBD - 12.6 x - TBD -
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)
12.2 x - TBD - 12.8 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.2 20.1
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.1 3.1
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - N/A
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.1 16.3
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.7 37.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P245/65R17 P245/60R18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA N/A
Front Tire Size
P245/65R17 P245/60R18
Spare Tire Size
P245/65R17 T155/90R18
Front Tire Order Code
NA N/A
Spare Tire Order Code
NA N/A
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 300
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 2000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3946 4328
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Aluminum - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 18 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 x 7.5 18 x 7.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.0 13.7
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
186 @ 4100 270 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.7L/163 3.7L/227
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
187 @ 5800 273 @ 6250
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas V6
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injectino
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 19
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.68
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.30 4.14
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.42 1.55
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71 0.85
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.15 3.39
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.90 2.37
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.36 3.46
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.15
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Toyota Highlander Mazda CX-9
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.55 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.02 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.3 9.6
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 3
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
--
Overall Side Crash Rating
--
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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