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If you’re on the hunt for a responsive mid-sized crossover SUV, you’ve probably given the 2019 Toyota Highlander a look. The Highlander offers the latest standard features like a rearview camera, traction control, and climate control, but for a truly elegant driving experience, the 2019 Mazda CX-9 is a better choice. The Mazda SUV delivers the same standard features mentioned for the Highlander, as well as a more powerful engine, greater towing capability, and luxury amenities that Toyota doesn’t offer – and for a greater value.
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Rain Sensing Wipers
The 2019 Mazda CX-9 is powered by a standard 2.5L turbocharged SKYACTIV®-G engine capable of generating 227 hp and 310 lb-ft of peak torque. The Highlander’s standard 2.7L DOHC 4-cylinder engine manages just 185-hp and 187 lb-ft of peak torque.
Not surprisingly, the Mazda delivers greater standard towing capability than the Toyota as well, offering 3,500 pounds of pulling capability compared to the Highlander’s standard 1,500 pounds.
The interior of the 2019 Mazda CX-9 is engineered to be user-friendly, with one-touch window controls that allow every passenger to open the window and let in fresh air with a single touch of the switch. Toyota drivers have to pay extra for one-touch convenience for rear passengers. The Mazda CX-9 also gives drivers access to an available remote vehicle start system that makes it easy to start the engine and cool the vehicle’s interior before you head out. The Highlander doesn’t offer remote start, so you have to get into the blistering interior of the vehicle and cool it yourself on hot afternoons.
Mazda has engineered every part of the Mazda CX-9 to provide drivers with a safer, more convenient driving experience, including the exterior lighting. The 2019 Mazda CX-9 can be equipped with cornering headlights, which turn as the steering wheel does, allowing drivers greater visibility around corners at night. This helps to reduce accidents by making pedestrians and wildlife more visible, and gives drivers time to respond to them. The Toyota doesn’t offer cornering headlights on any trim.
*Starting at $32,280 MSRP plus $995 destination charge (Alaska $1,040) for 2019 Mazda CX-9 Sport FWD models. MSRP excludes taxes, title and license fees. Actual dealer price will vary. See dealer for complete details.