2019 Mazda CX-9 vs. Its Competition

2019 Mazda CX-9
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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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Quick Specs
The 2019 Mazda CX-9 delivers heavily on style, but it’s just adequate in other respects.
The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse is bigger and more butch, but still every bit as good for a bunch.
The 2019 Ford Explorer has many virtues, but its replacement can’t come soon enough.
Subtle upgrades make the 2019 Honda Pilot a must-see for three-row crossover shoppers.
The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe is a convincing crossover SUV with room for families and cargo.
The 2019 Toyota Highlander delivers safety, features, comfort, and efficiency in a family-friendly package.
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Gas Mileage     
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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 4WDSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name     
Sport FWDFWD 4-Door L w/1L0Base FWDLX 2WDSE 2.4L Automatic AWDLE I4 FWD (Natl)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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