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The CX-9 has standard Smart City Brake Support, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Voyager doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.
The CX-9 offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Voyager doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.
The CX-9’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Voyager doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.
The CX-9 Grand Touring/Signature has a standard 360° View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Voyager only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.
The CX-9 has standard E911 Automatic Emergency Notification, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Voyager doesn’t offer a GPS response system, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.
Both the CX-9 and the Voyager have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.
For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its standard headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CX-9 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2020, a rating granted to only 31 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Voyager has not been tested, yet.
A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the CX-9’s reliability 71 points higher than the Voyager.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mazda vehicles are better in initial quality than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mazda 12th in initial quality. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 25th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Chrysler vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mazda second in reliability. Chrysler is ranked 19th.
The CX-9’s 2.5 turbo 4-cylinder produces 58 lbs.-ft. more torque (320 vs. 262) than the Voyager’s 3.6 DOHC V6.
On the EPA test cycle the CX-9 FWD gets better fuel mileage than the Voyager (22 city/28 hwy vs. 19 city/28 hwy).
For more complete vehicle control the CX-9 has a manually controlled automatic, with the available convenience of an automatic transmission and the complete gear control of a manual transmission without the inconvenience of a clutch. A manually controlled automatic allows the driver to eliminate unwanted shifts and maximize engine braking by down shifting while cornering. The Voyager doesn’t offer a transmission that allows complete gear control.
For better traction, the CX-9 has larger tires than the Voyager (255/60R18 vs. 235/65R17).
The CX-9 Sport/Touring’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Voyager’s standard 65 series tires. The CX-9 Grand Touring/Signature’s tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Voyager’s 65 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the CX-9 Sport/Touring has standard 18-inch wheels. Only 17-inch wheels are available on the Voyager. The CX-9 Grand Touring/Signature has standard 20-inch wheels.
The CX-9 has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Voyager; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.
For better maneuverability, the CX-9’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the Voyager’s (38.8 feet vs. 39.7 feet).
The CX-9 is 4.4 inches shorter than the Voyager, making the CX-9 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the CX-9 Touring/Grand Touring/Signature’s power liftgate can be opened or closed by the press of a button, or just by waving your foot on the Grand Touring/Signature, leaving your hands completely free. The Voyager doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.
When two different drivers share the CX-9 Grand Touring/Signature, the memory seats make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Voyager doesn’t offer memory seats.
The CX-9 Grand Touring/Signature has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Voyager doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
The CX-9’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Voyager’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. The Voyager LX’s rear windows don’t close automatically.
The CX-9’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Voyager’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
The CX-9 has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Voyager has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the LX.
While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the CX-9 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Voyager doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.
To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the CX-9 Grand Touring/Signature has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Voyager doesn’t offer cornering lights.
Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the CX-9 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Voyager doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.
The CX-9’s optional rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Voyager doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.
The CX-9 has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the Voyager, and are only available on the Voyager LX. The CX-9 Grand Touring/Signature also has standard heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the Voyager.
Standard air-conditioned seats in the CX-9 Grand Touring/Signature keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Voyager doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.
The CX-9 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Voyager.
The CX-9’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Voyager doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.
To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the CX-9 has a standard Radar Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Voyager doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.
To direct the driver from any location to a given street address with audible turn-by-turn directions, a GPS navigation system is standard on the CX-9 Grand Touring/Signature. The CX-9’s navigation system also has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Voyager doesn’t offer a navigation system.
Consumer Reports® recommends the Mazda CX-9, based on reliability, safety and performance.
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