2016 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2017 Chevrolet Traverse

2016 Mazda CX-9

2016 Mazda CX-9

2017 Chevrolet Traverse

2017 Chevrolet Traverse


Tampa and Sarasota drivers looking for a quality family SUV have a lot of options to choose from, but the two that come up the most are the 2016 Mazda CX-9 and the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse. And while the Traverse certainly has its strengths, the 2016 Mazda CX-9 handily outpaces it in everything from style to mileage. With its warm, luxurious interior and an array of high-tech features, the 2016 Mazda CX-9 pulls ahead of the pack and establishes itself as one of the best family vehicles on the market today. You don’t have to take our word for it, though; let’s see how the 2016 Mazda CX-9 and the Traverse compare head to head.

Performance and Efficiency

An SUV should be as fun to drive as it is practical, and the 2016 Mazda CX-9 provides plenty of both. Its innovative SKYACTIV®-G 2.5L turbocharged engine is a joy to drive thanks to its quick responsiveness, and it delivers 310 lb.-ft. of torque, ranking far above the Traverse’s 266 lb.-ft. of torque. But the really special thing about the 2016 Mazda CX-9 engine is its incredible mileage. While the Traverse struggles to get 15 mpg/city and 22 mpg/highway, the 2016 Mazda CX-9 earns 22 mpg/city and 28 mpg/highway, handily beating out its less efficient competitors.

Style and Grace

SUVs aren’t exactly known for their good looks, but the 2016 Mazda CX-9 once again bucks the trend in offering a utility vehicle with the swooping curves and sophisticated appeal of a sedan. Where the Traverse looks every inch like a standard soccer mom van, the 2016 Mazda CX-9 sports an elongated hood and tapered roof, giving it a sleek and aerodynamic feel that belies how spacious its interior is. That cabin continues the car-like elegance its exterior exudes, sporting luxurious Nappa leather upholstery and sculpted aluminum controls, as well as space for up to seven passengers. Its foldable second-row seat makes loading up a breeze too, whether you’re transporting passengers or cargo. Meanwhile, the driver’s seat puts you front and center and raises the shifter and console further up, so all your controls are easy to access the moment you need them.


While both the Traverse and 2016 Mazda CX-9 are safe and dependable vehicles, the 2016 Mazda CX-9 wins out in terms of advanced safety technologies. Foremost among these is the innovative and available i-ACTIV AWD®. Instead of simply reacting to current conditions, i-ACTIV AWD® monitors a number of elements, like throttle input and outside temperature, to predict when AWD will be needed. That way, it can optimize torque distribution ahead of time, further curbing traction loss.

Experience the 2016 Mazda CX-9 Near Tampa and Sarasota Today

As you can see, the 2016 Mazda CX-9 handily outclasses the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse, and Tampa and Sarasota drivers can try one out for themselves at Cox Mazda, located at 3101 CORTEZ ROAD WEST in Bradenton. Our friendly and experienced sales staff will get you behind the wheel of a Mazda today. And if you have any questions or concerns, you can contact us online or over the phone at (941) 749-2790.