Deciding between 2019 Mazda CX-9 vs the 2019 Toyota Highlander can be a difficult time for the average driver. Both are offered in an impressive assortment of trim levels, provide drivers with a wealth of storage space and can seat up to seven passengers. But comparing their performance ratings, entertainment features and safety technology can shed some light on the tangible differences between these two SUVs.
Comparing the standard powertrains found in both vehicles reveals that the 2019 Mazda CX-9 beats out the 2019 Highlander’s standard engine in terms of performance. The 2019 Mazda CX-9 is powered by a four-cylinder, 2.5-liter engine which produces 227 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. The 2019 Highlander’s standard powertrain is also a four-cylinder, 2.5-liter engine, but only generates 185 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.
One of the 2019 Mazda CX-9’s major updates came in the form of smartphone integration. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both available for the 2019 Mazda CX-9, while the 2019 Toyota Highlander lacks support for either service. In addition, the 2019 Mazda CX-9 come standard with a blind-spot monitoring system, which is locked behind higher trim levels in the 2019 Highlander. Other advanced driver aids and technology systems are listed below. Available 2019 Mazda CX-9 Driver Assistance Features Include: Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go, a traffic sign recognition system, a smart braking support system with collision warnings, advanced smart city brake support, a blind-spot monitoring system, high beam control, rear cross traffic alert, an adaptive front-lighting system, a lane departure warning system and lane keeping assistance.