What's the Difference Between the Mazda CX-5 and Mazda CX-9?

If you're looking for an elegant, sporty SUV that handles well and is fun to drive in addition to being spacious and capable, you won't be disappointed with Mazda's offerings. Both the Mazda CX-5 and Mazda CX-9 are exceptional choices that are packed with convenience and safety features, but which one you choose depends heavily on your individual needs. The CX-5 is a compact SUV while the CX-9 occupies the midsize SUV category, so that is something to consider. Explore both to see which one is right for you!


 Nimble handling is the name of the game with the entire Mazda lineup, but you will likely find the smaller CX-5 a bit easier to maneuver than the CX-9 on busy city streets due to its more diminutive size. The CX-9 is taller, wider, and roughly 20 inches longer than the CX-5, so if you often find yourself piling in multiple passengers, you'll appreciate the extra space. Browse new Mazda CX-5 inventory here!

Seating Capacity

The CX-5 can comfortably seat five passengers in its roomy, upscale cabin, offering plenty of head- and legroom and supportive seats. However, if you're looking for something a bit more family-oriented, the three-row CX-9 can seat seven and offers more third-row legroom than many of its rivals. Front- and second-row space is comparable between the two models, but the extra third-row in the CX-9 will be a must-have for families who need the extra seats.

Cargo Capacity

If you often find yourself packing up your SUV with lots of gear, both models feature rear seats that fold down flat to create ample storage space, allowing you to accommodate passengers and cargo on the fly. Both also offer a power rear liftgate to make loading and unloading even easier. While the CX-5 offers plenty of passenger and cargo space for your daily adventures, the larger CX-9 may be easier to work with if you have a larger family. Browse new Mazda CX-9 inventory here!


You'll enjoy spirited driving dynamics and a fun-to-drive attitude from both CX-5 and the CX-9 thanks to SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY. While both models marry power and efficiency harmoniously, the larger CX-9 boasts a more powerful SKYACTIV®-G 2.5T Dynamic Pressure Turbo engine that generates up to 250 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque.

Conversely, the smaller CX-5 comes with a 187-horsepower SKYACTIV®-G 2.5L engine with cylinder deactivation technology, a feature that helps to further optimize the engine for improved fuel economy, helping you save at the pump.

Both models offer all-wheel drive as an option so you can enjoy improved traction on wet or wintry Danbury streets.


The CX-5 is well-equipped for your daily drives around Greenwich, offering a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen, a forward-collision warning and mitigation system, a rearview camera, and much more so you can enjoy comfort and convenience as you travel around Milford, CT. The CX-5 also boasts a lower starting price than its larger counterpart, the CX-9.

If you want more luxury features straight out of the gate, though, the CX-9 comes standard with features such as tri-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker sound system, 18-inch alloy wheels, and more, ensuring that you get plenty of value for the cost.

Which One is Right for You?

Want to explore the Mazda CX-5 and Mazda CX-9 a little further? Stop by our Stamford Mazda dealer so we can set you up for a test drive! We'll help you pick out the model that is best-suited for your needs. Visit today to learn about these incredible SUVs and go over affordable financing and lease options! We look forward to helping you find the perfect SUV for you and your family!


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