Toyota Highlander vs Mazda CX-9 Compare price, expert/user reviews, mpg, engines, safety, cargo capacity and other specs at a glance.

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User Ranking Drivers and owners ranked these cars in 9 categories.

New Car Pricing New listing price comparison and analysis.

2021 Toyota Highlander
L AWD
MSRP
$36,685
Invoice
$33,493
Average Price Paid
$36,685
65 listings nationwide

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2021 Mazda CX-9
Carbon Edition AWD
MSRP
$43,180
Invoice
$40,848
Average Price Paid
$41,500
345 listings nationwide

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Pricing Analysis Price analysis based on recent sales data applied to current trim without options.

2021 Toyota Highlander
L AWD
Fair Price
$37,687
Good Price
$35,390
Great Price
$34,077
2021 Mazda CX-9
Carbon Edition AWD
Fair Price
$42,748
Good Price
$41,074
Great Price
$40,116

Used Car Pricing Used listing price comparison and analysis.

2021 Toyota Highlander
L AWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$39,002
7 listings nationwide

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2021 Mazda CX-9
Carbon Edition AWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$44,455
19 listings nationwide

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Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2021 Toyota Highlander
L AWD
Matt Smith Test Drive Review:

Toyota hardly needs any help selling three-row Highlanders. It already sits close to the top of the sales charts for its segment, and few vehicles carry the name recognition as the Hig...

2021 Mazda CX-9
Carbon Edition AWD
Stephen Edelstein Test Drive Review:

Translated, the Japanese concept of jinba ittai refers to a horse and rider as one. Mazda has adopted it as a guiding philosophy for all of its products, and among them, the 2021 CX-9 ...

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  • Look and Feel 8
  • Performance 6
  • Form & Function 7
  • Technology 7
  • Safety 10
  • Cost-Effectiveness 7
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  • Look and Feel 8
  • Performance 7
  • Form & Function 6
  • Technology 6
  • Safety 9
  • Cost-Effectiveness 6

User Reviews Reviews from CarGurus users who have driven or owned the car.

2021 Toyota Highlander
L AWD
30
Guru9XQB87 writes:
Enjoying it
Handling Ranked 2021 GMC Acadia SLT AWD worse.
"it has tighter steering"
Looks/Style Ranked 2021 GMC Acadia SLT AWD better.
"I like the body style more"
Cbunn123 writes:
Goid
Power Ranked 2021 Chevrolet Traverse worse.
"Good "
Handling Ranked 2021 Chevrolet Traverse better.
"Goid"
20
EDDIE writes:
Family Car Ranked 2021 Toyota Avalon Limited FWD worse.
"It bigger"
Value Ranked 2021 Toyota Avalon Limited FWD better.
"Both are very good and dependable vehicles so its a toss up for me"
2021 Mazda CX-9
Carbon Edition AWD
No User Reviews

Specs

2021 Toyota Highlander
L AWD
2021 Mazda CX-9
Carbon Edition AWD
Powertrain 8-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Automatic
Drivetrain
AWD
AWD
Fuel Economy, City
20 MPG
20 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
27 MPG
26 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 17.9 gal 19.5 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
295 hp @ 6,600 RPM
250 hp @ 5,000 RPM
Torque
263 lb-ft @ 4,700 RPM
320 lb-ft @ 2,500 RPM
Cylinders
6 cylinders
4 cylinders
Compression Ratio
11.8:1
10.5:1
Displacement
3,500 cc
2,500 cc
Bore x Stroke
3.7 in x 3.27 in
3.5 in x 3.94 in
Safety
ABS Brakes Standard Standard
Driver Airbag Standard Standard
Passenger Airbag Standard Standard
Front Side Airbags Standard Standard
Curtain Airbags Standard Standard
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Overall 4 stars 4 stars
Front Crash Overall 4 stars 4 stars
Front Crash Driver 4 stars 4 stars
Front Crash Passenger 4 stars 4 stars
Side Crash Overall 5 stars 5 stars
Side Barrier Driver 5 stars 5 stars
Side Barrier Passenger 5 stars 5 stars
Side Pole Driver 5 stars 5 stars
Rollover 5 stars 5 stars
Comfort and Convenience
Sunroof/Moonroof -- Standard
Air Conditioning Standard Standard
Radio Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Driver Power Seats Standard Standard
Passenger Power Seats -- Standard
Interior
Maximum Seating 8 seats 6 seats
Front Legroom 42 in 41 in
Back Legroom 41 in 39.4 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 16 cu ft 14.3 cu ft
Maximum Payload 1,605 lbs 1,434 lbs
Maximum Towing Capacity 5,000 lbs 3,500 lbs
Exterior
Length 194.9 in 199.4 in
Width 76 in 77.5 in
Height 68.1 in 69 in
Wheelbase 112.2 in 115.3 in

Available Options

2021 Toyota Highlander
L AWD

Exterior Colors

  • Blizzard Pearl
  • Blueprint
  • Celestial Silver Metallic
  • Magnetic Gray Metallic
  • Midnight Black Metallic
  • Opulent Amber
  • Special Color

Option Packages

  • Four Season Floor Mat Package (TMS)
  • Highlander XP Package (XX1000) (Set)
  • Highlander XP Package (XX1010) (Set)
  • Paint Protection Film: Hood & Door Package (Set)
  • Protection Package #3 (TMS)
  • Running Boards (RB1100) (Set)
  • Running Boards (RB1200) (Set)
  • Running Boards (TMS)
  • Tow Hitch Kit (TMS)
  • Tow Hitch Receiver & Trailer Wire Harness (Set)
  • Toyoguard Platinum (XT9000) (Set)
  • Toyoguard Platinum (XY9000) (Set)
  • Wheels: 20" Black Gloss (Set)
2021 Mazda CX-9
Carbon Edition AWD

Exterior Colors

  • POLYMETAL Gray

Option Packages

  • Illuminated Doorsill Trim Plates

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