2009 Mazda CX-9 vs. Its Competition

2009 Mazda CX-9 Sport
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Beyond the 2009 Mazda CX-9, the range of available crossovers staggers the mind.

If size matters most to you, then consider any of the large crossovers from General Motors (the Chevrolet Traverse, or the closely related Buick Enclave, Saturn Outlook, or GMC Acadia)—they're the biggest.

But don’t do so before driving the Mazda CX-9, which may reveal that size doesn't matter so much.

All three GM vehicles provide top safety and comfortable interiors but aren’t as agile or nimble on the road as the CX-9.

The Subaru Tribeca is closest to the CX-9 in driving manner, as it also handles better than most three-row SUVs, though the Subaru’s odd-duck styling elements might turn you off; on the other hand, the Honda Pilot appeals as a more basic, boxy ute even though it performs to similar standards.

Style and price range remain big variables, so take the time to see and drive the Mazda in person.

Only then decide whether the CX-9's low $30,000 price is spot-on for you.

But it is one of the prettiest, and its adroit steering and handling make it a family hauler for those who like to drive.

After a test drive, you may decide the 2009 Mazda CX-9 is really a less expensive alternative to an Acura MDX or BMW X5.

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Quick Specs
Few seven-passenger vehicles are more road-friendly than the 2009 Mazda CX-9. Its looks and features list impress too.
The 2009 Chevrolet Traverse is an Acadia/Enclave/Outlook wearing different duds.
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.
The 2008 Subaru Tribeca is mainstream now, in style and performance.
The 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid offers the same room and amenities that the nonhybrid Highlander does, only with better fuel economy and the badge of honor that comes with driving something that's trying to be green.
MSRP From    
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 / 25 MPG Hwy
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 (Natl)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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