Acura MDX vs. Mazda CX-9

Acura MDX

Acura MDX

Mazda CX-9

Mazda CX-9


Now available for drivers in the Naperville, Elmhurst, and Chicago area, the 2022 Acura MDX for sale offers an unbeatable crossover SUV experience. Balancing the economy, precision, and handling of a sedan, the Acura MDX provides the spacious interior and robust power of an SUV. This balance gives the Acura MDX an incredible advantage over the competition, and no other car in its class delivers a driving experience quite like it. Take the new Mazda CX-9 as an example. The Mazda CX-9 is a fine vehicle, but watch the two go head to head to see which one comes out on top.

How Does Each SUV Handle?

Sporting a 3.5L direct-injection V6 engine, the new Acura MDX achieves 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque – that means the MDX can haul up to 3,500 pounds of cargo! And with its four-wheel independent suspension and narrow 111.0-inch wheelbase, the Acura MDX pairs that strength with nuanced handling. Plus, with an EPA rating of 27 mpg highway*, the Acura MDX is one of the most fuel efficient vehicles in its class.

The 2.5L SKYACTIV engine in the new Mazda CX-9 can only offer a standard 227 hp. And with 310 lb-ft of torque, the balance between the two is out of sync, which may lead to jerky acceleration and rough handling. The Mazda CX-9 sports a wide 115.3-inch wheelbase, which means it won’t be able to handle turns or curves with the precision of the Acura MDX. To its credit, the Mazda CX-9 is able to compete in fuel economy, but its 28 mpg highway* only just edges out the Acura MDX.

What About Features?

Performance isn’t everything; the comfort and convenience of your vehicle matters, too. Here are some of the standard features you’ll find in the new Acura MDX:

  • Seating for seven
  • Power tailgate
  • GPS-linked climate control
  • HomeLink
  • Keyless ignition
  • Heated/cooled seats
  • Leather upholstery
  • Satellite radio
  • Adaptive cruise-control
  • Lane keeping assist system

While the Mazda CX-9 also provides seating for seven, that’s about where the comparisons stop. The Mazda CX-9 is missing out on standard keyless ignition, heated/cooled seats, power seats, satellite radio, leather upholstery, and more.

Which Vehicle is Right for You – Acura MDX or Mazda CX-9?

The new Mazda CX-9 is a fine vehicle, but there are clear deficiencies. It has comparable fuel economy when compared to the Acura MDX, but it lacks the power of the Acura MDX, and the difference between its power and torque may lead to difficult and counterintuitive handling. And, with its clear lack of available features, many of which are standard on every model of the Acura MDX, the Mazda CX-9 demonstrates that it just can’t compete.

Learn More About the new Acura MDX Today

If you’re a driver in the Naperville, Elmhurst, or Chicago area and you’d like to learn more about the new Acura MDX or how it compares to the Mazda CX-9, contact us online at McGrath Acura of Westmont today, or by phone at 630-323-8200. Or stop in and see us at 400 East Ogden Avenue in Westmont, IL for a test drive!

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*Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid models only) and other factors.