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2021 Mazda CX-9 Goes Head-to-Head With the 2021 Toyota Highlander in BC, Canada

Boasting three rows of seating and ample room for passengers and cargo alike, a crossover SUV is a family-friendly option for daily travel in BC, Canada. To provide consumers with important insights on what they’ll find in this segment, we’ve taken an in-depth look at how the 2021 Mazda CX-9 compares to the 2021 Toyota Highlander.

Which Crossover SUV Delivers Better Performance in BC, Canada?: 2021 Mazda CX-9 or 2021 Toyota Highlander

2021 Mazda CX-9
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2021 Toyota Highlander
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Equipped with a turbocharged Skyactiv-G 2.5L four-cylinder engine on all trims, the 2021 Mazda CX-9 delivers powerful acceleration to drivers in BC. With 250 hp and 320 lb.-ft. of torque, this block ensures you’ll have all the grunt you need to tow 1,588 kg behind the SUV; while standard i-Activ AWD allows you to confidently conquer harsh conditions. 

Offered in gas and hybrid powertrains, the 2021 Toyota Highlander comes standard with a 3.5L V6, which only produces 263 lb.-ft. of torque. Towing capacity is enough to pull a small travel trailer, but where the 2021 Highlander falls short is its standard front-wheel drivetrain. If you want four-season capability, you’ll have to climb the SUV’s trim levels to benefit from AWD.

Which Crossover SUV Handles Better in BC, Canada?: 2021 Mazda CX-9 or 2021 Toyota Highlander

2021 Mazda CX-9
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2021 Toyota Highlander
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In addition to its standard i-Activ AWD, the 2021 Mazda CX-9’s chassis produces one of the most energizing personalities in the segment. With its sharp steering, responsive handling, and composed ride, this SUV comes alive on the pavement. All 2021 CX-9 models also include Off-Road Traction Assist to optimize torque distribution when travelling over muddy, sandy or snowy roads in BC.

But the 2021 Toyota Highlander? It rides like a large SUV that’s not light on its feet due to its generous dimensions that create more body roll with each twist of the road. Its suspension is also comfort-focused, which provides mildly athletic handling – unless you choose the XSE trim with the sport-tuned suspension.

Which Crossover SUV Has the Best Interior in BC, Canada?: 2021 Mazda CX-9 or 2021 Toyota Highlander

2021 Mazda CX-9
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2021 Toyota Highlander
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If you’re looking for a crossover SUV that blends a lux interior with smart passenger space, you’ll love the cabin of the 2021 Mazda CX-9. Available second-row captain’s chairs offer more elbow room for friends and family, while the 60/40 split second-row seats tilt and slide to provide easy access to the rear.

Cargo space is slightly more generous in the 2021 Toyota Highlander, with 453L of volume with all seats in place; but this comes at the expense of legroom. In the 2021 Mazda CX-9, there’s 407L of trunk space behind the third row, but your third-row passengers will have 754 mm to stretch out versus the 2021 Toyota Highlander’s 703 mm of rear-seat legroom.

Which Crossover SUV Has the Most Technology in BC, Canada?: 2021 Mazda CX-9 or 2021 Toyota Highlander

2021 Mazda CX-9
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2021 Toyota Highlander
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When it comes to standard active safety features, the 2021 Mazda CX-9 has what BC drivers want. All trims include a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert to provide extra confidence on the highway or busy parking lots. Unfortunately, you won’t find this feature as standard equipment in base 2021 Toyota Highlanders. 

The 2021 Mazda CX-9 also offers a larger 229-mm touchscreen display on GS-L and higher trims. In the 2021 Toyota Highlander, a 203-mm touchscreen is included or you’ll have to spring for the Platinum trim to gain a 312-mm display. Both models include standard connectivity features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but you’ll find that the 2021 CX-9’s infotainment system is more intuitive to use. Its screen is very responsive to touch and swipe controls and boasts easy-to-see graphics. There are also well-placed physical dials to access the CX-9's features. 

The 2021 Mazda CX-9 Fits the Bill for BC, Canada Drivers

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