2016 Mazda CX-9 Vs 2016 Toyota Highlander
The 2016 Mazda CX-9 standard features, performance specs, and fuel economy make it a smart choice for Sarasota and Tampa drivers seeking a new crossover. While we’re fans of the 2016 Mazda CX-9 at Cox Mazda, we know you have other options too, so we put the 2016 Mazda CX-9 side-by-side with the 2016 Toyota Highlander to give you an idea of just what sets these two family vehicles apart from each other.
Drivers have come to expect a certain level of technology and comfort features as standard on their vehicles, and Mazda delivers with standard features that include:
- Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control
- Rearview Camera with Guidelines
- Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel and Shift Knob
- Bluetooth for Phone and Audio
- MAZDA CONNECT™ Infotainment System with 7-inch Touchscreen
- Six-Speaker Stereo System with USB/Auxiliary Inputs and HD Radio
The Toyota has some comparable features, like a six-speaker stereo or Bluetooth, but in order to be on the same level as the Mazda, drivers would have to upgrade past the Toyota Highlander’s base LE trim.
Whether you’re looking at the 2016 Toyota Highlander’s standard engine or its available V6, the Mazda has the edge on performance specs.
- SKYACTIV®-G 2.5T Engine: The standard engine on the 2016 Mazda CX-9 is rated at 250 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, towing up to 3,500 pounds and available in front- or all-wheel drive.
- Toyota’s 2.7L Four-Cylinder Engine: The standard engine on the Highlander is designed for a crossover in a smaller category, offering up only 185 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque in just front-wheel drive. It tows barely more than a car at 1,500 pounds.
- Toyota’s 3.5L V6 Engine: Upgrading to the V6 puts the horsepower on par with the Mazda engine, but its torque still falls behind at 248 lb-ft, which will leave the Highlander feeling sluggish by comparison.
Just looking at the engine specs, we’d imagine you have an idea of how the fuel economies of these models compare, but we think you’ll be a bit surprised.
For many drivers, the idea of a high-power, high-efficiency vehicle might seem counterintuitive, but Mazda’s unique engine technologies have led to some of the most efficient vehicles on the market. See how the 2016 Mazda CX-9 powertrain compares to the Highlander’s:
- Mazda: The 2016 Mazda CX-9 SKYACTIV®-G 2.5T engine earns an EPA-estimated 28 mpg/highway and 22 mpg/city on front-wheel drive models with 27 mpg/highway and 21 mpg/city on all-wheel drive.
- Toyota: The Toyota’s 2.7L engine only manages 25 mpg/highway and 20 mpg/city while the V6 earns 25 mpg/highway and 19 mpg/city on front-wheel drive models, with Highlander AWD models earning just 24 mpg/highway and 18 mpg/city.
Test Drive a 2016 Mazda CX-9 Near Sarasota and Tampa at Cox Mazda
We’ve shown you a few highlights that set these two crossovers apart, but the best way to know if a vehicle is for you is to take a test drive. The 2016 Mazda CX-9 performance specs are best felt from the driver’s seat, after all. Tampa and Sarasota drivers can get behind the wheel at Cox Mazda, 3101 CORTEZ ROAD WEST. Contact us online or by phone at (941) 749-2790 to schedule your test drive.