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CX-9, Highlander, Santa Fe Comparison

​ ​  ​ If you find that you are the type of driver that appreciates a vehicle that does more for you than get from point A to point B, then Mazda’s fun-filled lineup of exciting vehicles should prove the ideal match for you. The Mazda CX-9 in particular, is a seven passenger crossover vehicle that is completely redesigned inside and out for the 2016 model year. When it comes to the latest and greatest, virtually nothing else in its class can touch it. Equipped with features like LED lighting inside and out, an all new engine choice, surround sound and a striking exterior design that will lead you to immediately question the price tag, the CX-9 is worthy of more than just a test drive. However, to ensure that it’s the best match for you, we’ve compiled a comparison from two of its most fervent competitors: The Toyota Highlander and the Hyundai Santa Fe.


The three are neck and neck when it comes to pricing and when options are added in to make it your own, most consumers will find that the three crossovers virtually cost the same. However, for comparison purposes, the CX-9’s starting price of $31,520 closely falls in line with the starting price of $30,800 for the Santa Fe and $30,490 for the Highlander.


The 2016 CX-9 drops its V6 engine in favor of a powerfully efficient 2.5L Turbo four cylinder. The engine outputs 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. Drivers will find the new engine in the vehicle to be peppy yet humble at the gas tank, an ideal combination for car buyers who demand value, fuel efficiency and power in one vehicle.

The Santa Fe is offered in a 290 horsepower 3.3L V6 engine, while the Highlander can be had in either a 185 horsepower 2.7L 4-cylinder engine or a 3.5L V6 engine that outputs 270 horsepower.

Fuel Efficiency:

Despite the Highlander’s offering of a 4-cylinder choice as well in engine, the CX-9 bests both the Highlander and the Santa Fe in fuel economy ratings, achieving 21 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway compared to 18/25 MPG respectively in the Santa Fe and 20/25 MPG respectively in the 4-cylinder Highlander option.


As stated above, the CX-9 is completely redesigned inside and out and therefore offers the newest and most technologically advanced interior of all three. The drivers and passengers of the Mazda will be delighted to find features like Bose surround sound audio, 8 way heated power seating, tri-zone climate control, a power liftgate, 12-volt power outlets, Bluetooth and HD radio, a complete infotainment system and seating for seven passengers.


The only crossover of the three to offer 20” wheels, the subtle differences that the CX-9 provide make it a vehicle that cannot be ignored. Kelley Blue Book states, regarding the CX-9 that:

​ ​  ​ “Mazda understands that just because you need a larger vehicle doesn’t mean you have to miss out on a rewarding driving experience or high style.” Visit Mazda of Erie today to explore the all new, beautifully engineered Mazda CX-9 for yourself.


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