2021 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring
2021 Toyota Highlander XLE
|2.5L turbo 4-cyl||
|250 hp / 320 lb-ft||
Horsepower / Torque
295 hp / 263 lb-ft
The 2021 Highlander may have more horsepower than the CX-9, but you can’t tell when you’re behind the wheel. The Highlander is capable enough, but its steering is floaty and the feedback leaves a lot to be desired. The CX-9 is better on all accounts. It has pinpoint handling, quick acceleration, and weighty steering. Stepping on the gas pedal gives you power immediately thanks to a thoroughly refined six-speed automatic. If you want a vehicle that’s engaging to drive and won’t leave you hanging when you need performance, then the CX-9 wins, hands down.
Over the past few years, Mazda has touted its signature Kodo design philosophy. The result is a stunning blend of pragmatism and sleek design. But the differences go deeper than just looking better than the opposition. The perfect showcase for Kodo design is the 2021 CX-9 interior. Interior construction materials are excellent, including things like genuine wood accents, aluminum inlays, and Nappa leather upholstery. Professional reviewers and critics usually compare the CX-9 to brands like Lexus and Audi. While the Highlander does eventually get typical leather upholstery, that’s about as luxurious as it gets.
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