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2018 MAZDA CX-9 vs. the Competition

When it comes to finding a great SUV for your family, we know you have a lot of options. Here at Gem Mazda, we’re convinced that when you take a look at the Mazda CX-9 against the competition, the Mazda CX-9 will come out ahead each time. If your family is growing or if you’re the type of person who seeks adventure, look no more! The 2018 Mazda CX-9 has everything your looking for from space to space. Gem Mazda wants to show why this is the perfect SUV among its competitors.

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2018 Mazda CX-9

2018 MAZDA CX-9

Cost

This midsize SUV will begin at $33,070. The 2018 model features incredible updated features this year!

Performance

The capability of this vehicle is outstanding with a six-speed automatic transmission and 250-horsepower. Handling the Mazda CX-9 is unlike any other SUV of its kind. It offers maximum efficiency with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine falling into the fuel-efficient selection. The Mazda CX-9 offers a strong acceleration for everyday commutes. FWD is standard across the four trim levels.

Cargo and Space

The Mazda CX-9 offers the option to fold down either the second or third rows allowing to take more items with you. Whereas the second row splits in a 60/40 the third-row folds in a 50/50 split giving 71 cubic feet of space. Space sits above average in this seven-passenger SUV. If you’re looking for stretch and comfort look no more. Although you might see some trims offering leather upholstery, you will see that all options have gotten major improvements and have made comfort a priority to anyone who steps into the vehicle.

Features

With the overall update of the Mazda CX-9 this year, the 2018 model delivers features to fit the needs of each driver. Mazda has gone out of their way to add a few standard features to the midsize SUV such as low-speed automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring. Regardless of the trim level, you will also find the addition of a smartphone integration system.

Honda Pilot

Honda Pilot

Cost

This minivan crossover starts at just $30,900, but you will see a price increase as you upgrade to the trim level appropriate for your needs.

Performance

The Pilot drives with ease powered by a V-6 engine. However, the 4-cylinder engine on the Mazda CX-9 impressed us with the turbocharge outperforming the V-6. In addition, the torque offered on the Mazda CX-9 allows it to be ahead when it comes to fuel efficiency.

Cargo and Space

The 2018 Honda Pilot remains one of the spacious family-friendly vehicles in the SUV segment. With its third-row availability, this SUV seats eight passengers in leather upholstery. The Pilot added a sliding function to the second-row seats for more leg room.

Features

The Honda Pilot saw minor changes this year but was has kept smart features like the¬ Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard on every trim available. If you opt for the right package, we saw forward collision warning, lane-keeping assist with lane departure warning and much more. These are also seen on the Mazda CX-9.


Toyota Highlander

Toyota Highlander

Cost

For just $31,030, you will enjoy a standard 2018 Toyota Highlander. Higher trim levels will increase price and performance.

Performance

The Toyota Highlander is big and spacious. It almost feels like a pickup truck compared to other crossover SUVs. The size of the Highlander will allow you and the family to enjoy a quiet yet very spacious ride. This crossover is available in seven trim levels with a starting horsepower of 185 and strong 6-speed automatic engine.

Cargo and Space

There is about the same amount of stretch room compared to the Mazda CX-9. The only difference you will see here is the seating capacity. The 2018 model adopted its shape from the 2017 model, keeping its eight-passenger seating capacity. When both the second and third rows are folded down enjoy 83.7 cubic feet.

Features

This crossover offers standard and optional features. You will see features such as blind-spot monitoring, power liftgate and keyless entry port. Reaching over to access certain interior capabilities have been difficult to navigate while driving.


Hyundai Santa FE SE/Ultimate

Hyundai Santa FE SE/Ultimate

Cost

The retail price begins at $30,850 and is more expensive than the Mazda CX-9. Selecting extra perks to the package will make it more expensive when compared to the buildable packages the Mazda CX-9 offers.

Performance

The Santa Fe runs on a 3.3-liter V-6 Engine with FWD. The option to drive off with AWD is there for an additional $1,750.

Cargo and Space

This year the cargo capacity was left alone and saw no updates. Excellent passenger and cargo space is available for the Hyundai Santa Fe. For its size, it surprised us to see the third-row space on the slimmer side

Features

There is an unlimited number of packages offered for the Santa Fe SE/Ultimate. The premium package for the SE begins at $3,650 and the tech package for the SE Ultimate starts at $2,100 added to the MSRP.


These SUVs are customizable, but the Mazda CX-9 has the efficiency and performance you won’t see in its competitors. Let Gem Mazda show you the Mazda CX-9 trim that best fits your needs. Call 850-792-1162 to set up an appointment.