2020 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2020 Toyota Sequoia

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Safety

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Full-time four-wheel drive is optional on the CX-9. Full-time four-wheel drive gives added traction for safety in all conditions, not just off-road, like the only system available on the Sequoia.

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 Sequoia only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the CX-9 uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The Sequoia uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

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 Sequoia doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the CX-9 and the Sequoia have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.

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 Sequoia has not been tested, yet.

Reliability

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From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Toyota vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mazda second in reliability. Toyota is ranked third.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the CX-9 gets better fuel mileage than the Sequoia:

MPG

CX-9

FWD

2.5 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

AWD

2.5 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/26 hwy

Sequoia

RWD

5.7 DOHC V8

13 city/17 hwy

AWD

5.7 DOHC V8

13 city/17 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

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The CX-9 stops much shorter than the Sequoia:

CX-9

Sequoia

70 to 0 MPH

178 feet

192 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

139 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

143 feet

163 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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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 Sequoia SR5’s standard 65 series tires. The CX-9 Grand Touring/Signature’s tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Sequoia TRD Sport/Limited/Platinum/TRD Pro’s 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The CX-9 Signature AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the Sequoia Platinum 4x4 pulls only .71 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The CX-9 Signature AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 3.1 seconds quicker than the Sequoia Limited 4x4 (26.7 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 29.8 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Mazda CX-9 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1500 to 1600 pounds less than the Toyota Sequoia.

The CX-9 is 5.7 inches shorter than the Sequoia, making the CX-9 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The CX-9 is 9.4 inches shorter in height than the Sequoia, making the CX-9 much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Unibody construction lowers the CX-9’s center of gravity significantly without reducing ground clearance. This contributes to better on the road handling and better off-road performance and stability. In addition, unibody construction makes the chassis stiffer, improving handling and reducing squeaks and rattles. The Sequoia uses body-on-frame design instead.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the CX-9 Signature AWD is quieter than the Sequoia Platinum 4x4:

CX-9

Sequoia

At idle

37 dB

45 dB

Full-Throttle

71 dB

71 dB

70 MPH Cruising

66 dB

66 dB

Passenger Space

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The CX-9 has 4.5 inches more front headroom, 3.6 inches more rear headroom and .9 inches more third row headroom than the Sequoia.

The front step up height for the CX-9 is 2.7 inches lower than the Sequoia (18.3” vs. 21”). The CX-9’s rear step up height is 3.4 inches lower than the Sequoia’s (18.8” vs. 22.2”).

Cargo Capacity

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A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the CX-9 easier. The CX-9’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 31.6 inches, while the Sequoia’s liftover is 33 inches.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the CX-9’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The Sequoia doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics

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The engine computer on the CX-9 automatically engages the starter until the car starts with one twist of the key and disables the starter while the engine is running. The Sequoia’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

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 Sequoia doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The CX-9’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch. The Sequoia

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 Sequoia’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The CX-9’s power window, power lock and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Sequoia’s power window (except driver window), power lock and cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The CX-9 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Sequoia doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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 Sequoia’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 Sequoia doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The CX-9’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Sequoia’s power mirror controls are on the dash where they are possibly hidden by the steering wheel and are awkward to manipulate.

On extremely cold winter days, the CX-9 Grand Touring/Signature’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Sequoia doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CX-9 is less expensive to operate than the Sequoia because it costs $27 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the CX-9 than the Sequoia, including $3 less for front brake pads, $652 less for a starter, $82 less for fuel injection, $118 less for a fuel pump, $66 less for front struts and $239 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mazda CX-9 will be $12888 to $13495 less than for the Toyota Sequoia.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Mazda CX-9 and the Toyota Sequoia, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The CX-9 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 4 of the last 13 years. The Sequoia has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

The Mazda CX-9 outsold the Toyota Sequoia by almost three to one during 2019.

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