The 2015 Mazda CX-9 vs. the 2015 Toyota Highlander

2015 Mazda CX-9

2015 Mazda CX-9

2015 Toyota Highlander

2015 Toyota Highlander

Looking for a reliable and roomy family vehicle? The 2015 Mazda CX-9 is a seven-passenger crossover SUV that’s highly popular among large families. However, the 2015 Toyota Highlander is a sought-after choice in this segment as well. Cox Mazda is proud to provide this guide to both vehicles so you can see which one is right for you.


The 2015 Mazda CX-9 features a strong 3.7L V6 engine, which produces a whopping 273 hp and 270 lb-feet of torque. It comes with a standard six-speed automatic transmission, which has a manual shift control. You can choose from front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. When properly equipped, the 2015 Mazda CX-9 is able to tow up to 3500 pounds. The engine offers strong acceleration, with minimum outside noise and responsive, precise steering.

The 2015 Toyota Highlander LE has a standard 2.7L four-cylinder engine, which a smaller 185 hp and 184 lb-feet of torque. You’ll get a six-speed automatic transmission, as well as standard front-wheel drive. To get a stronger engine, you’d have to choose a higher lever trim or pay more for the 3.5L V6 engine. This option gets 270 hp and 248 lb-feet of torque, which is still less powerful than the 2015 Mazda CX-9 crossover’s base engine.


The 2015 Mazda CX-9 at the base Sport level provides tri-zone automatic climate control, with electronic features like Pandora and high-definition radio capability along with a 5.8-inch touchscreen. You also have the option to purchase heated front seats with power adjustment and lumbar support. The 2015 Toyota Highlander base LE level does include a rearview camera, and a touchscreen.

Other features on different levels of the 2015 Mazda CX-9 include safety features like a rear cross-traffic alert system with a rearview camera. You can also get trim that’s been upgraded both on the interior and exterior, as well as cross bars and a stainless steel rear bumper. Available electronic equipment includes upgraded Bose sound systems, satellite radio, and a backseat DVD player with a 9-inch screen.

The 2015 Toyota Highlander’s higher-level features include unique aspects like the Driver Easy Speak, which allows the driver to easily communicate with passengers in the rear. You’ll also get interior LED lighting, along with the Toyota Safety Connect telematics system.

Interior Space

The 2015 Mazda CX-9 has a great deal of space with lots of legroom even in the back rows. The second-row seat can recline and slide in order to provide more room in different places. The cargo space is ample, with a whopping 101 cubic feet of cargo space when the second and third rows are folded down.

The 2015 Toyota Highlander has enough room for children in the back rows, but adults may find it snug and a little small. The maximum cargo capacity is only 83.7 cubic feet of space, even with all possible rows folded down.

Get Your SUV at Cox Mazda

To test drive the 2015 Mazda CX-9, contact Cox Mazda today, and visit us in Bradenton. We are only a short drive from the Sarasota and Tampa area at 3101 Cortez Road W.