2020 MAZDA CX-9 vs 2020 Toyota Highlander
2020 MAZDA CX-9 2020 Toyota Highlander
Starting MSRP *
  $33,890 * $34,600
  310 lb-ft 263 lb-ft
Ground Clearance
  8.8 in. 8.0 in.

2020 MAZDA CX-9 vs 2020 Toyota Highlander

Serving Farmington Hills, MI

As midsize crossover SUVs, the 2020 Mazda CX-9 and the 2020 Toyota Highlander have superficial similarities, such as the functionality of a third row of seats. However, the Mazda CX-9 is slightly more affordable. An in-depth review reveals many other differences that will play a role in your purchase decision.


The 2020 Mazda CX-9 is undeniably appealing with modern, sultry exterior styling. You can appreciate gentle curves that flow up the windshield, over the fenders, and across the side doors through the four trim levels. The chrome-outlined grille angles directly into the slanted LED headlights. The Toyota Highlander’s exterior, on the other hand, has a smaller grille with separation between it and the headlights. The hood sits higher in the profile, and the molding over the rear fenders is thicker.


Differences extend throughout these models’ interiors. The Mazda CX-9 has a floating display screen with layered dashboard design. The features across the Mazda CX-9’s interior could include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a navigation system, a rotary mode selector, a heated steering wheel, and other features. The Toyota Highlander’s interior has a different look with an integrated display screen and a floating ledge through the dashboard. The climate management controls and sound system controls are integrated with the display screen.


The Mazda CX-9 for 2020 is offered with a 2.5-liter turbo Skyactiv®-G engine that delivers up to 250 horsepower. All trims also have a Skyactiv®-Vehicle Dynamics system with G-Vectoring Control Plus. In comparison, the 2020 Toyota Highlander is offered with a gas engine or a hybrid engine. These are linked to a continuously variable transmission.

Suburban Mazda of Farmington Hills is your convenient source for a thorough review of the Mazda CX-9. Drop by soon to compare the trim levels, or make an appointment with one of our sales associates by calling our office today.

* MSRP excludes tax, title, license fees and $1,100 destination charge (Alaska $1,145). Vehicle shown may be priced higher. Actual dealer price will vary. See dealer for complete details.