The Mazda CX-5 vs. the CX-9: Who is the Ideal Driver for Each?
If you’re looking for a new car in the St. Charles area, you’ve likely looked at a few different Mazda vehicles. The 2014 CX-5 and the 2013 CX-9 remain two of the most popular vehicles available from Mazda, each with its own advantages and disadvantages that make them perfect for a specific type of driver.
The CX-5 is a very roomy vehicle; it can comfortably seat up to five people and boasts 65.4 cubic feet of cargo room. It also comes with a variety of technological features such as Bluetooth, streaming audio, and HD radio. One of its biggest advantages comes in the realm of fuel efficiency: the manual transmission has 26 mpg city and 35 mpg highway fuel efficiency.
The CX-9 is a tough vehicle; it comes with a 273 hp, 3.7L DOHC V6 engine, available in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. It’s also capable of hauling seven passengers and comes with an all new 5.8” color touchscreen display that helps control your navigation system, Pandora radio, and much more.
One of the major disadvantages of the CX-5 is its relatively small 2.0L DOHC four-cylinder SKYACTIVE engine. It produces 155 hp, which is respectable, but nowhere near the CX-9. Some trims of the CX-5 come with a larger 2.5L engine that produces 184 hp, but these cost more money.
All that extra power and room takes its toll on the CX-9′s fuel efficiency. The more efficient FWD model only offers 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway efficiency ratings. This can be a problem for somebody who has a limited budget for gasoline or who doesn’t haul a lot of people or items.
The CX-5 is the perfect vehicle for a single driver or a couple looking for a highly efficient vehicle that still possesses solid power and excellent control. The CX-9 is more suited for a large family or a driver who needs the power of a large engine for towing or hauling and doesn’t mind the drop in fuel efficiency.