The three-row family crossover SUV segment is among the most competitive, so the Mazda CX-9 has no shortage of alternatives.
Chevrolet’s massive Traverse offers the most space of the bunch, not to mention a recently-updated interior that is among our favorites.
The Ford Explorer is redesigned for 2020 on an entirely new platform, but the current model is still solid and can likely be found at a discount to make room for the new one.
The Honda Pilot has been one of our favorites for years and delivers heavily on practicality and comfort.
Hyundai’s strong Santa Fe has been redesigned and competes more closely with the Mazda, offering more style and comfort than before, but the coming Palisade will be a more direct rival for the CX-9.
No conversation of family crossovers would be complete without mention of the Toyota Highlander, which offers standard safety tech and a hybrid model, something no other SUV on this list does.
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|2019 Mazda CX-9Browse Used Listings||2019 Chevrolet TraverseBrowse Used Listings||2019 Ford ExplorerBrowse Used Listings||2019 Honda PilotBrowse Used Listings||2019 Hyundai Santa FeBrowse Used Listings||2019 Toyota HighlanderBrowse Used Listings|
|20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy|
|Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4||Gas V6||Regular Unleaded V-6||Regular Unleaded V-6||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4|
|Small SUV 2WD||Sport Utility Vehicles||Standard SUV 2WD||Small SUV 2WD||Small SUV 4WD||Small SUV 2WD|
|Sport FWD||FWD 4-Door L w/1L0||Base FWD||LX 2WD||SE 2.4L Automatic AWD||LE I4 FWD (Natl)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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