2022 Mazda CX-9 vs. Its Competition

2022 Mazda CX-9
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.

The Ford Explorer has good handling and robust power.

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

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

It’s more plebeian in nature, but don’t miss the Subaru Ascent for its standard all-wheel drive and good outward vision.

2022 Mazda CX-92022 Mazda CX-9
#10 in Large SUVs
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Quick Specs
6.5
The 2022 Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV has slim third-row and cargo space, but has good road manners to spare.
6.7
The 2022 Chevrolet Traverse moves families with quiet confidence.
6.8
The 2022 Ford Explorer hits the spot for families who want more choice in a family SUV—although value for money isn’t a strong point.
6.7
The 2022 Subaru Ascent sets up a great basecamp for any active family, even sedentary types will approve of its safety and value.
7.0
The 2022 Toyota Highlander accomplishes minivan feats of utility, without doing the minivan dance.
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     
$35,280$33,700$33,245$32,295$35,405$49,000
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 26 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 SUV 4WDSport Utility VehiclesStandard SUV 2WDStandard SUV 4WDSmall SUV 2WDStandard SUV 2WD
Style Name     
Sport AWDFWD 4-Door LS w/1LSBase RWD8-PassengerL FWD (GS)T5 FWD Momentum 7P
Drivetrain     
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
787887
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
i-ACTIV AWD 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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