The Acura MDX and the Mazda CX-9 offer high-end luxury and room for the whole family. Both SUVs come with three rows of seats, lots of features, and a sharp, modern design. Which one is right for you, though? To help families in Westchase, Tampa, and Pebble Creek, FL, decide, the team at Maus Acura of North Tampa looked at how they measure up in this 2020 Acura MDX vs. Mazda CX-9 comparison.

2020 Acura MDX vs Mazda CX-9: Performance Specs

The 2020 Acura MDX looks like a cross between an SUV and a stealth fighter. It backs up this bold design, too, with a 3.5L V6 engine that gets up to 290 horsepower. If you're more focused on fuel economy, you can go with a 3.0L V6 Sport Hybrid Powertrain instead. This efficient option offers 257 horsepower while also getting up to an EPA-estimated 26 city/27 highway MPG.*

The Mazda CX-9 doesn't offer any hybrid powertrains. With its EPA-estimated 20 city/26 highway MPG, you'll have to stop for gas more often. Its 2.5L 4-cylinder engine is actually the only powertrain available. Unfortunately, it may not be as much fun to drive, either, with only 250 horsepower.

Acura MDX vs Mazda CX-9: Cargo Room

The Acura MDX and the Mazda CX-9 both offer seating for seven passengers and also lots of storage space. The Acura has a slightly larger trunk, though, with 15.8 cubic feet of cargo room. The Mazda's trunk only gives you 14.4 cubic feet of space.

Folding seats come standard in both the second and third rows of each vehicle, so it's easy to load more. With the seats down, the Acura MDX offers up to 90.9 cubic feet of cargo room. You won't be able to pack as much in the Mazda CX-9. It only offers up to 71.2 cubic feet of cargo room.

If you need to bring a trailer or a boat along with you, the Acura MDX has you covered there, too. With all that power under the hood, it can tow up to 5,000 pounds. The Mazda CX-9 can only tow up to 3,500 pounds.

MDX vs CX-9: Infotainment System

In addition to its leather seats and stylish accents, the Acura MDX comes with a pair of sleek touchscreens. This makes your dashboard look like a command center, plus they'll keep you connected while you drive. Every Acura MDX comes with lots of smartphone compatibility, including:

  • Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® and streaming audio
  • Apple CarPlay®
  • Siri® Eyes Free
  • Android Auto™
  • Text message and email capabilities

While one screen can show you who's calling and what song is playing, the second screen can show you a map of your route. The Acura Navigation System is available to provide you with turn-by-turn directions.

The Mazda CX-9 also offers a navigation system, but it puts all your features onto just one screen. While Bluetooth® comes standard, features like Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ aren't available on every trim level.

Should I Buy the 2020 Acura MDX or Mazda CX-9?

Visit Maus Acura of North Tampa to test drive the stylish Acura MDX. It offers a more exciting drive, a spacious interior, and lots of standard features to families in Westchase, Tampa, and Pebble Creek, FL. Contact us to learn more about our 2020 Acura MDX vs. Mazda CX-9 comparison or schedule a test drive.


* Based on 2020 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 only) and other factors.

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