Compare 2020 Mazda CX-9 vs 2020 Toyota Highlander

2020 Mazda CX-9
2020 Toyota Highlander

2020 Mazda CX-9


2020 Toyota Highlander

20 city / 26 hwy*

Fuel Economy

21 city / 29 hwy*
227 HP


295 HP
2.5L 4cyl Turbo


3.5L 6cyl

Serving Houston and Katy, TX

With a #5 ranking among midsize 3-row SUVs, the 2020 Mazda CX-9 is a desirable vehicle for the 2020 model year. The CX-9 has three spacious rows of seats and an interior that’s filled with many amenities. Captain’s chairs are available for the Mazda in 2020 to give you the option of having more seats or more space in the cabin depending on your needs. You can also upgrade to an enhanced infotainment display screen with the 2020 CX-9. Power and performance remain a strong suit of the SUV, which is available with two engines for 2020. A striking interior and exterior design gives the CX-9 an upscale and presentable look. The CX-9 belongs to the same competitive class as the 2020 Toyota Highlander, but the CX-9 surpasses the Highlander in overall rankings. The Highlander ranks behind the CX-9 as the #6 vehicle in its class. Although the Highlander has some changes for 2020, its overall performance is less than what the CX-9 provides, which makes the Mazda a more fun car to drive. Additionally, the CX-9 has more space in the cabin, and its interior is outfitted with higher-quality materials and a generally more sophisticated design than you’ll find with the Highlander. Through a 2020 Mazda CX-9 virtual test drive at Jeff Haas Mazda, you’ll have the opportunity to see and virtually try out the Mazda’s top features.


The Mazda CX-9 is available with one engine in 2020 that offers a higher power output depending on the type of fuel you use. In comparison, the Toyota Highlander has one engine with the same power output for all trims. The engine for the Mazda is a turbo-charged 4-cylinder with a 2.5L displacement. With regular gasoline, the engine’s power output reaches 227 HP. Its maximum torque output reaches 310 LB-FT. If you use premium fuel instead the engine’s power output goes up to 250 HP, and its peak torque output is 320 LB-FT. A six-speed transmission is standard. Front-wheel drive is the assigned drivetrain, but you can get all-wheel drive if you prefer. The Toyota Highlander has the same engine for all trims. Its engine only produces up to 263 LB-FT of torque, which is less than the engine on the Mazda. The Highlander can be ordered with a regular all-wheel drive drivetrain, while the Mazda’s offers off-road assist.

Technology and Amenities

When you arrange a 2020 Mazda CX-9 virtual test drive, you’ll find that the CX-9 has many standard amenities across the board. A fully-loaded ride starts with the base trim, which has a seven-inch touchscreen display, dual USB ports, keyless entry, a six-speaker stereo, and a leather steering wheel. A nine-inch infotainment system is available starting with the second trim called the Touring. The Touring also adds a power liftgate and leather seats. The Highlander does not have standard USB ports, and it doesn’t get a leather-wrapped wheel until the second trim level. Captain’s chairs, which are available on all trims of the CX-9, are only offered on certain Highlander trim levels.


When you take the CX-9 for a ride through an online test drive, you can also get a glimpse of its head-turning style. LED lights are standard on the Mazda. It also has chrome accents and starts off with 18-inch wheels. This year, high-beam light control and automatic windshield wipers are standard as well. Neither feature is included in the 2020 Toyota Highlander. Larger 20-inch wheels, adaptive headlights, and LED fog lights are added to the top trim. The Highlander has a more aggressive appearance than the CX-9, while the CX-9 has a more refined exterior appearance that has a wider general appeal.

The 2020 CX-9 is a solid SUV that has many appealing features inside and out. To try out the 2020 Mazda CX-9 for yourself and see how it compares to the 2020 Highlander, don’t hesitate to schedule an online test drive at Jeff Haas Mazda today.

Contact us today to book a test drive to experience the MazdaCX-9 in person. Our friendly and well-trained staff is ready to answer any questions you may have.

*All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.