Compare 2021 Mazda CX-9 vs 2021 Subaru Ascent

2021 Mazda CX-9
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Carbon Edition AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
CX-9 Carbon Edition AWD 20 26 $40,848 $43,180
CX-9 Carbon Edition FWD 22 28 $39,049 $41,280
CX-9 Grand Touring AWD 20 26 $41,659 $44,040
CX-9 Grand Touring FWD 22 28 $39,863 $42,140
CX-9 Signature AWD 20 26 $44,273 $46,805
CX-9 Sport AWD 20 26 $34,116 $36,060
CX-9 Sport FWD 22 28 $32,319 $34,160
CX-9 Touring AWD 20 26 $35,808 $37,850
CX-9 Touring FWD 22 28 $34,012 $35,950
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8-Passenger
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Ascent 8-Passenger 21 27 $30,304 $32,295
Ascent Limited 7-Passenger 20 26 $36,964 $39,595
Ascent Limited 8-Passenger 20 26 $36,964 $39,595
Ascent Premium 7-Passenger 21 27 $32,579 $34,795
Ascent Premium 8-Passenger 21 27 $32,579 $34,795
Ascent Touring 7-Passenger 20 26 $42,290 $45,445
Pricing
Invoice Price
$40,848
$30,304
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$43,180
$32,295
Monthly Payment Estimate
$720 / month
$538 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.5
6.7
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2021 Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV rewards drivers with good road manners, but takes a penalty in third-row space. The 2021 Subaru Ascent scales the mountain of family needs for a three-row crossover.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small SUV 4WD Standard SUV 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
57.4 57.5
Passenger Volume (ft³)
135.8 153.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.9 61.1
Third Leg Room (in)
29.7 31.7
Second Head Room (in)
38.5 40
Third Hip Room (in)
40.1 45.9
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.1 60.3
Passenger Capacity
6 8
Front Leg Room (in)
41 42.2
Third Head Room (in)
35.4 36.3
Front Hip Room (in)
56.7 57.7
Third Shoulder Room (in)
53.1 57.2
Second Leg Room (in)
39.4 38.6
Front Head Room (in)
40.1 41.3
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
65.2 64.2
Wheelbase (in)
115.3 113.8
Liftover Height (in)
31.7 32
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
77.5 76
Track Width, Front (in)
65.3 64.4
Length, Overall (in)
199.4 196.8
Height, Overall (in)
67.6 71.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 8.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
40.2 45.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
50.5 47.6
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
38.2 47.5
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
58.6 47.2
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
30.3 33.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
84.9 82.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
71.2 86.5
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
21.5 19.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
14.4 17.8
Brakes
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 13
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 13.1
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.5 19.3
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.8 38
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Front Tire Size
P255/50VR20 P245/60HR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P255/50VR20 P245/60HR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 2000
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
3500 2000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 200
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4409 4430
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
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
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
150 -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
310 @ 2000 277 @ 2000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.5 L/152 2.4 L/146
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
227 @ 5000 260 @ 5600
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded H-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 21
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.41 4.44
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 -
Trans Type
6 8
Drivetrain
All Wheel All Wheel
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71 -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.99 3.39
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.99 -
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 -
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD CVT w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.60 -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.49 3.49 - 0.83
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.51
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.65
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mazda CX-9 Subaru Ascent
Body Style
i-ACTIV AWD Sport Utility Sport Utility
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.8 7.7
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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2021 Mazda CX-9
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  • Lease: From $289 for 36 months
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  • Finance: From 0% APR for 60 months
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2021 Subaru Ascent
  • 2021 Ascent selection on sale in good numbers
  • Lease: From $279 for 36 months
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  • Finance: From 0% APR for 63 months
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