Mazda CX-9

Shopping for your family's next SUV? Check out our new Mazda CX-9 at Rick Case Mazda and see how it compares to its competitors!

If you're like many drivers here in the greater Atlanta, GA area, you've got a growing family and you're always on the go with them. But whether it's dropping the kids off to soccer practice here in Duluth, GA or jetting between nearby Johns Springs and Lawrenceville, GA for work during the week, you'll need a car that can keep up with your active lifestyle. Fortunately, when it comes to meeting the needs of modern Georgia families, the Mazda CX-9 easily claims a spot at the top of its class. And if you don't believe us, we here at Rick Case Mazda have put together a short competitive comparison to show you how our new Mazda CX-9 stacks up to two of its rivals, the Toyota Highlander and Nissan Pathfinder.

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Mazda CX-9 vs. Nissan Pathfinder

  • Standard Features: Looking to get the most bang for your buck right out of the gate? The Mazda CX-9 offers a host of premium standard features, including blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic LED headlights. Similar features are notably absent from the Nissan Pathfinder's standard equipment list.
  • Fuel Efficiency: Want to spend a bit less on gas when driving to and from nearby Sandy Springs, GA? The Mazda CX-9 offers up to 22 mpg city and 28 mpg highway, easily besting the Nissan Pathfinder with its middling 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway.
  • Safety: If you want an SUV that you and your family can truly feel comfortable and confident behind the wheel of, you'll want to opt for the Mazda CX-9. Recently awarded an IIHS Top Safety Pick award, the Mazda CX-9 will offer you and your loved ones unparalleled peace of mind on the roads of Atlanta and Duluth, GA. Unfortunately for the Nissan Pathfinder, it has not earned an IIHS Top Safety Pick Award in its most current model year.
  • Size: Overall, the Mazda CX-9 is slightly smaller than the Nissan Pathfinder, and that's actually a good thing. While both SUVs can seat up to seven passengers, the Mazda CX-9 is markedly more maneuverable on the crowded city streets of Atlanta, allowing you to easily snag street-side parking while drivers of the bulky Pathfinder will find themselves frequently circling city blocks, searching for bigger spaces.

Mazda CX-9 vs. Toyota Highlander

  • Performance: Mazda excels at crafting engaging driving experiences and the Mazda CX-9 is no exception. With up to 250 horsepower humming under the hood, the Mazda CX-9 is so much more than your average people mover. Compared to the 185-horsepower of the Toyota Highlander, the Mazda CX-9 is clearly the more fun-to-drive SUV in this matchup.
  • Fuel Efficiency: Not only is the standard powertrain of the Mazda CX-9 more powerful than that of the Toyota Highlander, it's also more efficient. The Mazda CX-9 can return up to 22 mpg city and 28 mpg highway, while the Toyota Highlander barely manages 20 mpg city and 24 mpg highway.
  • Towing Capacity: Got a camping trailer you love to take out to your family's favorite outdoor destinations near Johns Springs and Lawrenceville, GA during the summertime? The Mazda CX-9 can tow up to 3,500 pounds, while the anemic standard powertrain of the Toyota Highlander means it can only tow up to 1,500 pounds.
  • Premium Features: Looking for a more luxe family SUV? Choose the 2018 Mazda CX-9 Signature trim, and enjoy rich interior accents like premium leather upholstery, rosewood interior trim, brushed aluminum accents, and more. By comparison, even the most well-equipped Toyota Highlander trim lacks comparable premium features, and only offers lower quality leather upholstery on its first and second row seating, while the third row gets simulated leather upholstery. This leaves the Toyota Highlander's cabin feeling markedly less upscale than that of the Mazda CX-9.

Visit us at Rick Case Mazda in Duluth, GA to test drive the new Mazda CX-9 today!


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