2018 Mazda CX-9 vs. Its Competition

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Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The Mazda CX-9 competes in an ultra-competitive segment vying for families and attention.

The 2018 Chevy Traverse is new for this year and features an updated interior and a touchscreen that we like.

The Ford Explorer is the vet of the group, and its cramped third row isn’t what we’d recommend for most families.

The Honda Pilot was our 2016 Best Car to Buy and among the tops in its class.

The Hyundai Santa Fe was recently redesigned with better interior features and more comfortable seats, and should be in the running for most families.

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Quick Specs
The 2018 Mazda CX-9 meets or exceeds expectations for what a mainstream three-row crossover can be. Have you seen it?
A new powertrain and crisp (but conservative) styling mean the Traverse is once again a contender in the three-row crossover race.
The 2018 Ford Explorer has pulled off a graceful transition from clumsy off-roader to genteel family wagon.
The 2018 Honda Pilot ranks among the very best three-row crossover SUVs; it’s all about the packaging.
The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport still does what good crossover SUVs do best: it delivers flexible space, decent performance, and great value.
The 2018 Toyota Highlander delivers much of what families want in a three-row crossover at a reasonable price; the Highlander Hybrid is icing on the cake.
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20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Gas V6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small SUV 2WDSport Utility VehiclesStandard SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name     
Sport FWDFWD 4-Door L w/1L0Base FWDLX 2WD2.4L AutomaticLE I4 FWD (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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