2010 Mazda CX-9 vs. Its Competition

2010 Mazda CX-9
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

If roominess trumps everything else, you’ll probably want to go straight to the full-size crossovers from General Motors (the Chevrolet Traverse, the closely related Buick Enclave, or the GMC Acadia).

These GM models are more spacious, but they don’t drive with the same verve as the CX-9.

Subaru’s Tribeca is probably the closest in overall driving feel—it handles very well for a tall crossover—but its odd styling and cramped third row are going to be a turnoff to some shoppers.

Then there’s the Honda Pilot, which breaks from the mold with outrageous chunky styling that embraces boxiness and trucklike looks, though it’s really a road-oriented crossover.

The Pilot performs much like the other vehicles in this group; if you can get past the styling, it’s well worth considering.

Toyota remains the only one to offer a four-cylinder engine in this class; in the roomy Highlander, the 2.7-liter four has just enough gusto and it’s much better on fuel.

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Quick Specs
8.4
The 2010 Mazda CX-9 loves curves more than almost any other roomy crossover, yet has three rows of useful seating.
7.8
The 2009 Chevrolet Traverse is an Acadia/Enclave/Outlook wearing different duds.
8.0
The 2009 Honda Pilot looks more SUV-like in its second edition, but it has the room of a minivan, along with some notable styling miscues and expensive choices to make from the options list.
8.2
The 2008 Subaru Tribeca is mainstream now, in style and performance.
7.8
Most Americans prefer mushy white bread, and the 2008 Toyota Highlander is a larger, high-quality "loaf" that will satisfy most every consumer.
MSRP From    
$28,805$29,215$27,695$29,995$27,500
Gas Mileage    
15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas 6-cylGas V6
EPA Class    
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
FWD 4-Door SportFWD 4-Door LS2WD 4-Door LX4-Door 5-PassFWD 4-Door Base (SE)
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
78857
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2010 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2009 Chevrolet Traverse2010 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2009 Honda Pilot2010 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2008 Subaru Tribeca2010 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2008 Toyota Highlander