2020 Mazda CX-9 vs 2020 Acura MDX Scottsdale

Compare The 2020 Mazda CX-9 vs 2020 Acura MDX
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Three-row crossovers are among today’s most popular family vehicles. You can visit a Scottsdale area Mazda dealerships to check out the 2020 Mazda CX-9, which gets some significant updates for 2020. Not only does the Mazda CX-9 now come standard with an i-Activsense safety system, but it also offers an all-new 9.0-inch touchscreen. Let’s find out how the 2020 Mazda CX-9 stacks up against the 2020 Acura MDX.

Starting Price

The 2020 Mazda CX-9 provides serious bang for the buck. Scottsdale Mazda shoppers will love the CX-9’s attractive starting Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $33,890. Acura lists the MDX with a much higher starting MSRP of $44,500.


You’ll enjoy the CX-9’s lively performance. Its standard 2.5-liter, turbocharged SkyActiv-G four-cylinder engine develops 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque with premium gas. By comparison, the Acura MDX’s standard V6 engine produces 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. While the MDX pushes more horses, the CX-9 generates more torque, which means there’s more power to drive the wheels. Whether accelerating from a stop or merging onto a busy freeway, you’ll appreciate the CX-9’s extra torque under the hood. 

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Fuel Economy

While behind the wheel of the new Mazda CX-9, you can look forward to saving more money at the pump. It returns up to an EPA-estimated 22 mpg city/28 mpg highway.* Meanwhile, the Acura MDX is only delivers 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway.

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Both of these SUVs handle well. However, only the CX-9 features G-Vectoring Control Plus. When cornering, this exclusive system applies light braking pressure to the outer wheels to improve stability. It also shifts the CX-9’s weight forward to enhance grip.

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Offroad Prowess

When equipped with all-wheel drive, the Mazda CX-9 can take you off the beaten path with confidence. Mazda’s new Off-Road Traction-Assist feature helps you to regain traction on slippery terrain. You won’t find this adventurous feature on the Acura MDX.

Interior Room

Like the Mazda CX-9, the Acura MDX seats up to seven people. However, a more spacious third row gives the CX-9 a big advantage. When sitting in the CX-9’s third row, passengers will have an extra 1.6 inches of legroom.


The Acura MDX is a stylish ride. However, it doesn’t turn heads like the new Mazda CX-9. Mazda’s “Soul of Motion” design language gives the CX-9 an incredibly sleek look. Even the base CX-9 features stylish LED headlights and a sporty set of 18-inch alloy wheels. Premium paint options like Soul Red Crystal Metallic and Snowflake White Pearl Metallic also help the CX-9 stand out.


Excellent impact protection enabled both SUVs to receive an NHTSA five-star overall safety rating. However, only the Mazda CX-9 was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS. Mazda’s optional Adaptive Front-lighting System enables the CX-9 to offer better nighttime visibility. When driving around curves, the headlights turn to provide an enhanced view of the road.

Our Take

Although the 2020 Acura MDX is a solid vehicle, it loses this head-to-head comparison. The 2020 Mazda CX-9 has a lower starting MSRP, provides more third-row legroom, and offers more driving fun.

* All vehicle mileage based on 2020 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.