The CX-9 can trace its roots to the Ford Edge, but the Edge is a bit shorter and only offers two rows of seating.
The Ford Flex, on the other hand, makes a strong design statement like the CX-9, along with three rows of seating.
Compared to the 2012 CX-9, the Flex isn't as responsive in its base form, but the Ford offers a higher-power EcoBoost version that's actually quicker.
Also of interest for those who want to go boxy, not rakish, is the Honda Pilot, which has an especially roomy, useful interior and drives better than its tall stance might suggest.
Those looking for a performance-oriented crossover should also consider the Infiniti FX37, which sacrifices a lot more space and usability but drives like a tall, muscular sport sedan.
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|2013 Mazda CX-9Browse Used Listings||2013 Chevrolet TraverseBrowse Used Listings||2013 Ford EdgeBrowse Used Listings||2013 Ford FlexBrowse Used Listings||2013 Honda PilotBrowse Used Listings||2013 INFINITI FXBrowse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6|
|2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||FWD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility|
|FWD 4-Door Sport||FWD 4-Door LS||4-Door SE FWD||4-Door SE FWD||2WD 4-Door LX||RWD 4-Door|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility||Sport Utility||4 Door||Sport Utility||Sport Utility Vehicle|
|Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic||Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic||Automatic||Automatic w/Manual Shift|
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|2013 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2013 Chevrolet Traverse||2013 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2013 Ford Edge||2013 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2013 Ford Flex||2013 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2013 Honda Pilot||2013 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2013 INFINITI FX|