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Compare 2016 Mazda CX-9 vs 2016 Toyota Highlander

2016 Mazda CX-9
2016 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 21 27 $39,714 $41,970
CX-9 AWD 4-Door Signature 21 27 $41,645 $44,015
CX-9 AWD 4-Door Sport 21 27 $31,535 $33,320
CX-9 AWD 4-Door Touring 21 27 $35,743 $37,770
CX-9 FWD 4-Door Grand Touring 22 28 $38,012 $40,170
CX-9 FWD 4-Door Sport 22 28 $29,833 $31,520
CX-9 FWD 4-Door Touring 22 28 $34,041 $35,970
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AWD 4-Door V6 LE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Highlander AWD 4-Door V6 LE 18 24 $30,563 $33,475
Highlander AWD 4-Door V6 LE Plus 18 24 $32,736 $35,855
Highlander AWD 4-Door V6 Limited 18 24 $38,690 $42,375
Highlander AWD 4-Door V6 Limited Platinum 18 24 $41,077 $44,990
Highlander AWD 4-Door V6 XLE 18 24 $35,403 $38,775
Highlander FWD 4-Door I4 LE 20 25 $27,837 $30,490
Highlander FWD 4-Door V6 LE 19 25 $29,229 $32,015
Highlander FWD 4-Door V6 LE Plus 19 25 $31,403 $34,395
Highlander FWD 4-Door V6 Limited 19 25 $37,356 $40,915
Highlander FWD 4-Door V6 Limited Platinum 19 25 $39,744 $43,530
Highlander FWD 4-Door V6 XLE 19 25 $34,069 $37,315
Highlander Hybrid AWD 4-Door Limited 27 28 $43,705 $47,870
Highlander Hybrid AWD 4-Door Limited Platinum 27 28 $46,094 $50,485
Pricing
Invoice Price
$39,714
$30,563
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$41,970
$33,475
Monthly Payment Estimate
$700 / month
$558 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2016 Mazda CX-9 has sharp handling and sleek looks, but falls a bit shy in features and third-row space. The 2016 Toyota Highlander isn't all that exciting to look at or to drive, but it's very versatile and handsome enough to be a great minivan alternative.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Third Leg Room (in)
29.7 27.7
Second Head Room (in)
38.5 39.9
Third Hip Room (in)
40.1 45.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.1 59.6
Passenger Capacity
7 8
Front Leg Room (in)
41 44.2
Third Head Room (in)
35.4 35.9
Front Hip Room (in)
56.7 57.2
Third Shoulder Room (in)
53.1 55
Second Leg Room (in)
39.4 38.4
Front Head Room (in)
39.3 40.7
Second Hip Room (in)
57.4 57.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
135.1 144.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.9 59.3
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
77.5 75.8
Track Width, Front (in)
65.3 64.4
Length, Overall (in)
199.4 191.1
Height, Overall (in)
67.6 68.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
65.2 64.2
Wheelbase (in)
115.3 109.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
21.5 13.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
71.3 83.7
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
14.4 13.8
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
50.5 -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
30.3 -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
38.2 42.3
Brakes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.8 12.2
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 12.9
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.5 19.2
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.8 38.7
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P255/50VR20 P245/60SR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/50VR20 P245/60SR18
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 5000
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
3500 5000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 5000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4301 4398
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
20 X 8.5 18 X 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
20 X 8.5 18 X 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
150 130
Engine
Displacement
2.5 L/152 3.5 L/211
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
227 @ 5000 270 @ 6200
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded V-6
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Sequential MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
310 @ 2000 248 @ 4700
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 18
Transmission
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
All Wheel All Wheel
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71 0.71
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.99 4.15
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.99 1.90
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.60 0.61
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.49 3.30
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.41 4.15
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 1.42
Summary
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility
Vehicle Name
Mazda CX-9 Toyota Highlander
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.6 8.8
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
-
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
-
Overall Side Crash Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating Driver
-
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
-
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
-
Rollover Rating
-

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