2021 Mazda CX-9 vs. Its Competition

2021 Mazda CX-9 Carbon Edition
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Three-row crossover SUVs are hard to beat for their utility, and nearly every automaker now has a good one.

The CX-9 has aspirations beyond its typical competition, which is why it may be worth looking at the Volvo XC90 if your budget stretches.

Toyota’s new Highlander offers an amazingly frugal hybrid, and its interior is tremendously flexible.

The recently redesigned Ford Explorer has good handling and robust power.

The Chevy Traverse has SUV-like styling and a composed demeanor.

Don’t miss the Subaru Ascent for its standard all-wheel drive and good outward vision.

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Quick Specs
6.5
The 2021 Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV rewards drivers with good road manners, but takes a penalty in third-row space.
5.7
The 2021 Chevrolet Traverse is a big family mover with an update on the way next year.
6.8
The 2021 Ford Explorer is recognizable, but new. It should be on every family SUV shopper’s list.
6.7
The 2021 Subaru Ascent scales the mountain of family needs for a three-row crossover.
6.8
The 2021 Toyota Highlander learned new tricks to keep us entertained on the road, when we’re not asleep in the back anyway.
7.7
Low-key luxury lies in the 2021 Volvo XC90’s serene cockpit, in its strong acceleration, and in its gray-wool confines.
MSRP From     
$33,960$29,800$32,225$32,295$34,810$49,000
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Gas V6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded H-4Regular Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSport Utility VehiclesStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name     
Sport FWDFWD 4-Door LBase RWD8-PassengerL FWD (GS)T5 FWD Momentum 7P
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll WheelFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
787887
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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