Compare 2012 Mazda CX-9 vs 2012 Toyota Highlander

2012 Mazda CX-9
2012 Toyota Highlander
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AWD 4-Door Grand Touring
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
CX-9 AWD 4-Door Grand Touring 16 22 $33,230 $35,125
CX-9 AWD 4-Door Sport 16 22 $29,439 $31,115
CX-9 AWD 4-Door Touring 16 22 $31,254 $33,035
CX-9 FWD 4-Door Grand Touring 17 24 $31,917 $33,735
CX-9 FWD 4-Door Sport 17 24 $28,125 $29,725
CX-9 FWD 4-Door Touring 17 24 $29,941 $31,645
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4WD 4-Door V6
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Highlander 4WD 4-Door V6 17 22 $28,161 $30,845
Highlander 4WD 4-Door V6 Limited 17 22 $33,959 $37,195
Highlander 4WD 4-Door V6 SE 17 22 $32,366 $35,450
Highlander FWD 4-Door I4 20 25 $25,783 $28,240
Highlander FWD 4-Door I4 SE 20 25 $29,987 $32,845
Highlander FWD 4-Door V6 18 24 $26,838 $29,395
Highlander FWD 4-Door V6 Limited 18 24 $32,635 $35,745
Highlander FWD 4-Door V6 SE 18 24 $31,042 $34,000
Highlander Hybrid 4WD 4-Door 28 28 $35,617 $38,715
Highlander Hybrid 4WD 4-Door Limited 28 28 $40,598 $44,370
Pricing
Invoice Price
$33,230
$28,161
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$35,125
$30,845
Monthly Payment Estimate
$585 / month
$514 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
22 mpg 22 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicles Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
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
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.7 59.5
Front Leg Room (in)
40.9 43.2
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.0 8.1
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)
31.3 - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.7 64.0
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 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 -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
100.7 95.4
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
19.0 - TBD -
Brakes
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
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.8 x - TBD - 12.2 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
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
Spare Tire Order Code
N/A NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/50R20 P245/65R17
Rear Tire Order Code
N/A NA
Front Tire Size
P245/50R20 P245/65R17
Spare Tire Size
T155/90R18 P245/65R17
Front Tire Order Code
N/A NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
525 - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 2000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4546 4266
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
20 x 7.5 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in)
20 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)
14.1 9.9
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injectino Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
270 @ 4250 248 @ 4700
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.7L/227 3.5L/211
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
273 @ 6250 270 @ 6200
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
22 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 17
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.15 1.05
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA - TBD -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68 0.61
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.14 4.24
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.55 1.52
Trans Type
6 5
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA - TBD -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 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
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.46 3.48
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mazda CX-9 Toyota Highlander
Body Style
4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle 4 Door
Suspension
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
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.6 9.6
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 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
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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
--
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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