Mazda CX-5 vs. Mazda CX-9 SUV Comparison

Mazda CX-5 vs. Mazda CX-9
Mazda CX-5 (left) vs. Mazda CX-9 (right)

Compare the Mazda CX-5 and CX-9: Which Crossover SUV is Right for You?

The right crossover SUV can do more than provide transportation. It can add convenient and versatile utility, improve comfort, and enhance driving enjoyment. And when it comes to combining these attributes with elegant, head-turning style, no one does it better than Mazda.

The two largest options in the automaker's SUV line are the Mazda CX-5 compact crossover and the Mazda CX-9 midsize crossover. Both are excellent representations of their segment and deliver an upscale and engaging experience unmatched in their class. But which one is best for you and your family's needs? Here's a quick breakdown of the differentiating characteristics of these two compelling crossovers.

Mazda CX-5

  • Seats: 5
  • Max Cargo Capacity: 59.6 cubic feet
  • Wheelbase: 106.2 in.
  • Length x Width x Height: 179 x 72.5 x 66 in.
  • Engines: Standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder (187 horsepower, 186 pound-feet of torque) | Available turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder (227 horsepower, 310 pound-feet of torque)
  • Trims: Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, and Signature

The CX-5 is the largest of Mazda's 5-seat crossovers (above the CX-3 and CX-30). Drivers will appreciate the elevated driving position, unobstructed visibility, and easy-to-use and intuitive controls, and available power driver's seat. Passengers will feel right at home thanks to the details like reclining rear seats, available dual-zone automatic climate control, and multiple upgraded upholstery options.

The upscale and impressively appointed cabin implements high-quality materials, attractive accents, and a seamless blend of elegance, technology, and uncluttered minimalism. Mazda's meticulous attention to detail and obsession with quality create a luxurious experience that competitors can't equal for the price.

The CX-5's versatile interior provides abundant small-item storage solutions to help you stay organized, plus 30.9 cubic feet for cargo behind the rear seats. Have a full day of errands and need extra storage? The 40/20/40-split reclining rear seats fold down to expand capacity to nearly 60 cubic feet.

Driving enthusiasts will love the CX-5 for its precise steering and balanced handling. With Skyactiv-Vehicle Dynamics with G-Vectoring Control Plus and available predictive i-Activ AWD®, CX-5 excels in the corners and on winding roads. It's no wonder called it "the best-handling small crossover. No doubt about it."*

All CX-5 trims include a full array of i-Activsense driver-assistance features that enhance hazard detection and avoidance and help mitigate driving fatigue on longer journeys. Standard technologies include:

  • Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection
  • Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go
  • Lane Departure Warning System with Lane-keep Assist
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert

{*Source: - (2020 model year)}

Mazda CX-9

  • Seats: 7 -- 6 with second-row captain's chairs)
  • Max Cargo Capacity: 71.2 cubic feet
  • Wheelbase: 115.3 in.
  • Length x Width x Height: 199.4 x 77.5 x 69 in.
  • Engines: Standard turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder (227 horsepower, 310 pound-feet of torque; 250 horsepower, 310 pound-feet of torque with premium gas)
  • Trims: Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, and Signature

With seating for up to seven, the Mazda CX-9 is an excellent option for discerning families seeking an alternative to the typical uninspiring midsize crossover. If you don't require a seventh seatbelt, available second-row captain's chairs open up the space and provide easy access to the third row. Like the CX-5, the CX-9 exhibits Mazda's penchant for affordable yet uncompromising luxury. And with the automaker's unique KODO design language, this attention-grabbing crossover evokes a sense of motion even at a standstill.

The CX-9's elegant and athletic style perfectly complements its sporty nature. With Mazda's signature driving dynamics, standard turbocharged powerplant, and available all-wheel-drive, you'll look forward to every opportunity behind the wheel.

The CX-9 comes standard with Mazda's i-Activsense driver aids, as well as other premium touches like 18-inch alloy wheels, an 8-way power driver's seat with lumbar support, heated front seats, three-zone automatic climate control, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

Test Drive the Mazda CX-5 and Mazda CX-9 in Conroe, TX

If you're looking for a crossover SUV to upgrade your daily drives, the Mazda CX-5 and CX-9 and sure to impress. For more information about these models and available financing options, contact Gullo Mazda at your convenience. If you'd like to experience the accommodations, amenities, and performance for yourself, we invite you to visit us for a test drive. We'd love to give you a tour.