2023 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2023 Toyota RAV4 Prime Review

Picture of the 2023 Mazda CX-9

2023 Mazda
CX-9

MSRP*: $38,750 to $48,460
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Picture of the 2023 Toyota RAV4 Prime

2023 Toyota
RAV4 Prime

MSRP*: $43,090 to $46,960
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MPG - City 20 MPG Info not available
MPG - Hwy 26 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 6 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 71.2 ft3 63.1 - 63.2 ft3
Engine
  • 227-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 302-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Plug-In Electric/Gas)
Transmission Automatic Continuously Variable
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Horsepower 227 hp 302 hp
Towing Capacity 3,500 lbs 2,500 lbs
Exterior Length 199.4 in 180.9 in
Exterior Width 77.5 in 73.0 in
Leg Room Front 41.0 in
Rear 39.4 in
Front 41.0 in
Rear 37.8 in
Head Room Front 40.1 in
Rear 38.5 in
Front 37.7 - 39.5 in
Rear 37.7 - 39.5 in

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Mazda CX-9 offers rear passengers about the same room to stretch out as the Toyota RAV4 Prime, with comparable head- and legroom. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between front seat comfort in the Mazda CX-9 and the Toyota RAV4 Prime.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The Mazda CX-9 is somewhat more expensive than the Toyota RAV4 Prime.

Dimensions
Since the Mazda CX-9 is much wider than the Toyota RAV4 Prime, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. If you go with the Mazda CX-9, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the Toyota RAV4 Prime.

Handling
The Mazda CX-9 has a larger turning radius than the Toyota RAV4 Prime, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When considering towing capacity, the Mazda CX-9 is clearly the choice over the Toyota RAV4 Prime for pulling heavy loads. When it comes to horsepower, the Mazda CX-9 has a lot less horsepower than the Toyota RAV4 Prime.

Powertrain
Due to its much higher torque, the Mazda CX-9 does a much better job of transmitting its engine's horsepower to its wheels than the Toyota RAV4 Prime.

Utility
The Mazda CX-9 offers greater seating capacity than the Toyota RAV4 Prime, making it a better choice for those who find themselves chauffeuring others around. The Mazda CX-9 has a roomier cargo area for putting your bags or other items than the Toyota RAV4 Prime.