2017 Mazda CX-9 vs 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Although the full-size crossover segment includes plenty of viable options, the Mazda CX-9 and Volkswagen Atlas are among the most popular. Each one has a lot to offer the modern driver, such as a comfortable interior and top-notch performance capabilities. Not to mention, both the CX-9 and Atlas are reliable vehicles with the latest technology features designed to enhance the ride.

If you would like to get a better idea of whether the 2017 Mazda CX-9 or 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is a better fit for you, we invite you to take a look at the key differences and similarities below before getting behind the wheel and making a final buying decision.

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2017 Mazda CX-9 VS 2018 Volkswagen Atlas
$31,520 Starting MSRP $30,500
310 lb-ft Torque 258 lb-ft
39.4 inches Rear Seat Leg Room 37.6 inches
Standard Voice Recognition Only available on higher trims


Under the hood, the Mazda CX-9 and Volkswagen Atlas are powered by 2.5-liter and 2.0-liter I-4 engines, respectively. Although the Atlas's engine is able to produce slightly more horsepower, the CX-9's powertrain stands out with more torque. Both vehicles provide comfortable seating space for seven passengers as well as standard features like Bluetooth® wireless capability, an auxiliary port, LED headlights, and 18-inch silver aluminum wheels. The Mazda CX-9, however, offers more rear seat leg room than the Volkswagen Atlas as well as a standard leather steering wheel, USB ports, and LED brake lights. Which full-size crossover is right for you?

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Although the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is an exceptional vehicle and a worthy competitor, the 2017 Mazda CX-9 stands out in multiple categories. The CX-9 comes in four unique trims—Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, and Signature. Each CX-9 model offers a different set of features and capabilities in order to cater to a wide variety of drivers. For instance, standard elements include MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment system, three-zone automatic climate control, rearview camera, Multifunction Commander control, and much more. With higher CX-9 trims, drivers can utilize more advanced equipment, such as Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Bose® Centerpoint® 2.0 Surround Sound System with AudioPilot® and 12 speakers, Mazda Radar Cruise Control, and an 8-way power driver's seat with power lumbar support.

When you are ready to experience the 2017 Mazda CX-9 in Portsmouth, NH, you can schedule a test drive with our team at Seacoast Mazda.

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