2018 Mazda CX-5 vs 2018 Mazda CX-9

side by side images of the 2018 Mazda CX-5 and 2018 Mazda CX-9

Drivers looking for an attractive crossover in the Mazda lineup have plenty of options to choose from. In this 2018 Mazda CX-5 vs 2018 Mazda CX-9 comparison, we are going to look at two models that offer different value for drivers. Small families and individual commuters can find a lot to love with the fuel efficiency and engaging driving of the 2018 Mazda CX-5, while families with more passenger and cargo needs will naturally gravitate to the larger dimensions of the three-row 2018 Mazda CX-9.

The 2018 Mazda CX-5 is the smaller model and has a lower starting price point. However, it offers seating for five passengers and can offer up to 59.6 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded down. In contrast, the more expensive 2018 Mazda CX-9 offers up to seven-passenger capacity and can hold up to 71.2 cubic feet for cargo with its seats folded down.

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2018 Mazda CX-5 vs 2018 Mazda CX-9
$24,150 Starting MSRP $32,130
5 Passenger Capacity 7
2.5-L 4-cylinder (187 hp) Base Engine 2.5-L turbo 4-cylinder (227 hp)
59.6 cubic feet Maximum Cargo Space 71.2 cubic feet

Engine and Fuel Efficiency of the 2018 Mazda CX-5 and Mazda CX-9

Both the crossovers in this 2018 Mazda CX-5 vs 2018 Mazda CX-9 come standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift and Sport mode, however they do very different things with that displacement. The engine on the 2018 Mazda CX-9 is turbocharged and offers 250 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. This is more than enough to give this model the sporty handling and confident responsiveness that Mazda drivers expect. The base engine on the smaller 2018 Mazda CX-5 is rated for 187 horsepower and 196 pound-feet of torque. While the three-row 2018 Mazda CX-9 has much more engine output, it does offer a lower mileage number than the compact Mazda option. Both of these models are available with all-wheel drive.

Some attractive comfort and convenience features that come standard on both of these well-equipped Mazda crossovers include leather-wrapped steering wheels and shift knobs, seven-inch infotainment displays, the MAZDA CONNECT™ Infotainment System, Push Button Start, Dynamic Stability Control with the Traction Control System, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alerts. If you are interested in seeing which of these models works best for you and your family, contact a representative at Seacoast Mazda today or schedule a test drive for one of the vehicles in our new Mazda inventory.


front view of a red 2018 Mazda CX-5
rear view of the 2018 Mazda CX-9 on the road
five seats of the 2018 Mazda CX-5
interior seating of the 2018 Mazda CX-9