2018 Toyota Highlander vs. 2018 Mazda CX-9

The Toyota Highlander, available at Spitzer Toyota, is one of the charter members of the crossover SUV segment of the automotive industry. Since its first generation, the Highlander has set the bar very high in terms of handling, interior spaces and outright capability. While the popular three-row crossover SUV has all but had a stranglehold on its corner of the class, that hasn't stopped other automakers from making a play for the top spot. A comparison of the 2018 Toyota Highlander vs. 2018 Mazda CX-9 very quickly shows Highlander isn't in much danger of losing its current exalted position. Spitzer Toyota customers who would like to take a closer look at the 2018 Highlander can schedule a test drive with a product expert by calling, 412-365-4281.

For a crossover SUV to be as successful as the Toyota Highlander, it needs to meet customer expectations in two key areas, capability and interior flexibility. The 2018 model easily meets these marks and certainly outshines the 2018 Mazda CX-9. When properly equipped, the 2018 Toyota Highlander can tow as much as 5,000 pounds. This represents more than a half-ton advantage over what can be pulled by the 2018 Mazda CX-9, which tops out at 3,500 pounds. Both vehicles offer three rows of seats, however, the 2018 Highlander has more interior space than the 2018 CX-9. When configured for maximum cargo volume, owners of the 2018 Highlander will have more than 83.7 cubic-feet of space to use. By comparison, the current CX-9 registers a little more than 70 cubic-feet.


2018 Toyota Highlander


2018 Mazda CX-9

3.5-L, V-6 Engine Turbo., 2.5-L, 4-Cyl.
295/263 Horsepower/Torque 227/310
5,000 lbs. Max. Towing 3,500 lbs.
83.7 cu.-ft. Max. Cargo Space 71.2 cu.-ft.


Performance Specs

Most of the trims of the 2018 Toyota Highlander offer the option of being outfitted with a powerful, yet efficient, 3.5-liter, V-6 engine. Attached to an eight-speed automatic transmission, the 2018 Highlander makes 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. Entry-level versions of the 2018 Toyota Highlander are equipped with 2.7-liter, four-cylinder engine that's mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. On the other side of the equation, the 2018 Mazda CX-9 makes just one powertrain setup for its customers, a turbocharged, 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that records a peak power output of 227 horsepower.



An interior photo showing the available sunroof in the 2018 Toyota Highlander.
A photo showing the available rear-seat entertainment system that can be equipped in the 2018 Highlander.
Another interior photo showing how much passenger space is available in the back of the 2018 Highlander.
A photo showing one of the ways the interior of the 2018 Highlander can be configured.
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