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2019 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2018 Toyota RAV4

The 2019 lineup of Mazda crossover SUVs available at Gorman McCracken Mazda is better than ever. This is especially true for the automaker’s three-row Mazda CX-9. A comparison of the 2019 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2018 Toyota RAV4 shows just how far the Mazda crossover SUV has come in relation to some of the best models the class has to offer. For the current model year, the 2019 Mazda CX-9 picks up a new suite of advanced connectivity gear that places it ahead of its Toyota RAV4 competitor as well as a reconfigured suspension system and one of the most refined interiors in the class.

Each of these things helps the 2019 Mazda CX-9 be one of the top rivals of the Toyota RAV4. Customers can schedule a test drive with the Mazda CX-9 and a Gorman McCracken Mazda product expert today by calling, 903-686-9319.

To be completely honest, the Toyota RAV4 is a strong competitor in a very densely-packed segment of the automotive industry. There are few important areas where the 2019 Mazda CX-9 is able to offer more capability than its Toyota rival. Crossover SUVs need to be able to accommodate the changing needs of its owners in order to be competitive. The 2019 Mazda CX-9 has three rows of seats as standard equipment across all of its trim grades. This gives owners a maximum seating capacity of seven. The 2018 Toyota RAV4 will only have two rows of seats and space for up to five passengers. Additionally, the 2019 Mazda CX-9 makes more advanced connectivity technology available to its owners. On the Touring trim and above, drivers will be able to connect their compatible smartphones to the vehicle’s infotainment system and have access to the Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ suites of applications.


2019 Mazda CX-9


2018 Toyota RAV4

Turbo., 2.5-L, 4-Cyl. Engine 2.5-L, 4-Cyl.
227/310 Horsepower/Torque 176/172
7 passengers Max. Seating Cap. 5 passengers
Yes Smartphone Integration No


Performance Specs

Because a spec sheet says that the 2019 Mazda CX-9 and 2018 Toyota RAV4 use similar engines, they would have the same level of performance. This just isn’t the case in any way. All trims of the 2019 Mazda CX-9 use a turbocharged version of the SKYACIV®-G 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine and is attached to a six-speed automatic transmission. It will make 227 horsepower when the gas tank is filled with regular grade gasoline. Owners can boost that figure to 250 horsepower with premium fuel. The power plant will make 310 pound-feet of torque, regardless of fuel choice. On the other hand, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 is powered by a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine, but it only makes 176 horsepower.



A photo of the driver's cockpit in the 2019 Mazda CX-9.
A photo of some of the cargo space in the 2019 Mazda CX-9.
A photo of the gear-shifter in the 2019 Mazda CX-9.
A front-right quarter photo of the 2019 Mazda CX-9.