The Mazda CX-5 vs. the CX-9: Who is the Ideal Driver for Each?

January 17th, 2015 by

When you’re shopping for a passenger vehicle near Chicago, you won’t have to search long when you choose a crossover or sport utility vehicle from Biggers Mazda. That’s because we have two of the most sought-after SUVs on the market in our inventory: the 2015 Mazda CX-5 and the 2015 Mazda CX-9.

Both of these models deliver ample cabin and cargo space without compromising performance, and their varying attributes appeal to a broad spectrum of customers. To determine which of these models best meets your needs, our experts developed this comparison.

The Mazda CX-5 and the Mazda CX-9 at a Glance


The 2015 Mazda CX-5

  • Larger standard cargo capacity
  • Substantial towing capacity


The 2015 Mazda CX-9

  • Seats 7 passengers
  • Standard 273 hp engine

How Much Power Do You Need?

Depending upon your performance needs, the 2015 Mazda CX-5 and the 2015 Mazda CX-9 are sure to satisfy.

The Mazda CX-5 is ideal for small families looking for high fuel economy and moderate power. Its standard engine produces 155 hp and 150 lb.-ft. of torque while getting an estimated 32 mpg on the highway.

For larger families in need of greater capability, the Mazda CX-9 delivers. Under the hood is a standard 3.7L V6 engine that puts out 273 hp and 270 lb.-ft. of torque while getting an estimated 24 mpg on the highway.

What Are Your Space Requirements?

Whether you’re going on a road trip or simply running errands, the 2015 Mazda CX-5 and the 2015 Mazda CX-9 have enough room to meet your needs.

Inside the Mazda CX-5, you’ll find comfortable seating for up to 5 passengers and a total passenger volume of 103.8 cubic feet of space. The cargo area of the Mazda CX-5 can accommodate up to 34.1 cubic feet of luggage without sacrificing seating.The cabin of the Mazda CX-9 has enough room to seat up to 7 passengers and features 139.4 cubic feet of occupant volume. However, the cargo area of the Mazda CX-9 is slightly smaller when the second and third rows of seating are in place. It can fit up to 17.2 cubic feet of cargo.

Interior CX-5

2015 Mazda CX-5

What Is Your Spending Limit?

The 2015 Mazda CX-5 ($22,945 MSRP) and the 2015 Mazda CX-9 ($32,480 MSRP) are both priced competitively and come with a variety of standard features, including:

  • An audio system with a CD player and CD changer
  • Cruise control
  • Steering wheel-mounted controls

The Mazda CX-5 has a lower starting price because it’s not nearly as large or as powerful as the Mazda CX-9, but these two models are similarly equipped. Available features like Bluetooth handsfree communication, voice-activated media controls, and fog lights are optional for both vehicles as well.

2015 Mazda CX9

2015 Mazda CX-9

Which SUV Best Fits You?

After reviewing our comparison of the 2015 Mazda CX-5 and the 2015 Mazda CX-9, check out our brief overview to give you a better idea of which vehicle is right for you:

  • If you’re in the market for a small, efficient crossover at a low price, consider the new Mazda CX-5.
  • If high performance and more interior space are important to you, explore what the new Mazda CX-9 has to offer.

Schedule a Test Drive at Biggers Mazda Today

To experience the 2015 Mazda CX-5 and the 2015 Mazda CX-9 at your local Chicago Mazda dealer, visit Biggers Mazda at 1320 E. Chicago Street in Elgin. Our sales team can arrange a test drive for you upon your arrival.

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