If you’ve been looking for an SUV, the chances are you’ve investigated the Mazda lineup. Mazda SUVs offer exceptional driving dynamics, luxurious interiors and head-turning exterior styling. The Mazda CX-5 and CX-9 are two Mazda crossovers that are popular with Henderson Mazda shoppers. We’ll go over both models to give you an idea of which one might be best for your needs.
If price is a consideration, you may want to go for the more economical Mazda CX-5, which has a starting Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $25,190. By comparison, the 2020 Mazda CX-9 has a starting MSRP of $33,890. The MSRP isn’t the price you’ll pay at a dealership like the Mazda dealer near Henderson. We use this figure as a good way to compare the cost of these two vehicles.
The 2020 Mazda CX-5 gets a base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 187 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. There’s also an optional 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 250 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque. This is the same engine that’s standard on the 2020 Mazda CX-9. Both powerplants come with Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control Plus, which improves stability when cornering by shifting the vehicle’s weight forward.
If you’re looking for the most fuel-efficient of the two vehicles, the CX-5 is the best choice. The CX-5’s base engine with front-wheel drive gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg city/31 mpg highway. The CX-9 with front-wheel drive gets a bit less, with fuel economy rated at 22 mpg city/29 mpg highway with front-wheel drive.
The CX-5 and CX-9 provide exceptional impact protection. Both models received the highest score of five stars for overall safety by the NHTSA. While both received the top rating of Good in all IIHS crash tests, the agency named the CX-5 a Top Safety Pick+. The CX-9 was named a Top Safety Pick.
There are many similarities between the 2020 Mazda CX-5 and the CX-9. Ultimately, the choice comes down to personal preference and your needs. The CX-5 is less expensive, smaller, and has a more fuel-efficient base engine. The CX-9 has a more powerful standard engine and seats more passengers.