2015 Mazda CX-9 vs. Its Competition

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The Mazda CX-9 shares its roots with the Ford Edge, but the two models have gone in very different directions since Ford and Mazda split.

The CX-9 is a three-row crossover, while the Edge offers just two rows of seating.

Despite its larger size, the CX-9 manages to be more engaging to drive than the Ford—credit Mazda's suspension wizards for that.

The Ford that's more of a direct competitor to the CX-9 is the Flex; this three-row crossover-wagon offers efficient engine options as well as a very powerful EcoBoost turbo V-6, making for its own kind of driving fun.

The Honda Pilot can also be compared, although it's not as fun to drive as the Mazda and its interior feels cheap in a lot of places; a new Pilot should be along next year, however.

Those looking for a performance-oriented crossover should also consider the Infiniti QX70 (formerly called the FX), which sacrifices a lot more space and usability but drives like a tall, muscular sport sedan.

Back in the most mainstream direction is the Chevrolet Traverse, a vehicle that is comfortable and refined but not at all sporty, and its GMC sibling the Acadia, which is a little more luxurious but very similar dynamically.

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The 2015 Mazda CX-9 isn't as efficient as Mazda's latest offerings, but it manages to put the same kind of smile on the driver's face as the brand's smaller offerings.
The 2015 Chevy Traverse may look a little sedate, but it offers plenty of comfort and practicality for the whole family.
Provided you don’t need third-row seating or a luxury badge, the 2015 Ford Edge offers everything you might want in a comfortable, stylish, tech-savvy crossover.
If you're looking to make a statement while you shuffle the kids around, it's hard to beat the 2015 Ford Flex.
The 2015 Honda Pilot is one of the most practical and family-friendly vehicles in its segment, despite its boxy, truck-like appearance.
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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