2011 Honda
CR-V
vs. 2011 Mazda
CX-9 Grand Touring

2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring

9.9

starting from

$33,940
"A dash of spice in the form of driving excitement."
edmunds.com | talking about the CX-9's performance
"Stands out thanks to its smiling grille."
edmunds.com | talking about the CX-9's external styling

Reasons to buy the Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring

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Average power
273 HP @ 6,250 RPM
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Good cargo space
100.7 ft3
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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
8"
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Comparable towing weight
1,501 lb
2011 Honda CR-V

9.0

Runner-up

Honda CR-V

starting from

$23,405
"We're certainly smitten with the CR-V's ability to comfortably take on both people and cargo."
edmunds.com | talking about the CR-V's interior quality
"Well-rounded and a great choice for families."
edmunds.com | talking about the CR-V's overall satisfaction

Reasons to buy the Honda CR-V

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Good city fuel efficiency
21 mpg
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Good highway fuel efficiency
28 mpg
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Good braking distance from 60mph
123 ft
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Average-sized back seats
48.2 ft3
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.0
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring Winner: CX-9 Grand Touring
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.4
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring Winner: CX-9 Grand Touring
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  • Almost the same
  • Room for 2 more people, 7 vs 5
  • The CX-9 Grand Touring has 4 more cupholders, 12 vs 8
Performance 10.0 vs 9.1
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring Winner: CX-9 Grand Touring
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  • The CX-9 Grand Touring's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission
  • More than 50% more powerful, 273 HP @ 6,250 RPM vs 180 HP @ 6,800 RPM
  • The CX-9 Grand Touring's power-to-weight ratio is around 20% better, providing a sportier ride, 15.9 lb/hp vs 18.8 lb/hp
Cost 9.3 vs 10.0
2011 Honda CR-V Winner: CR-V
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  • Gets more than 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 21 mpg vs 17 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $10,535 cheaper (more than 30% less), $23,405 vs $33,940
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.5
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring Winner: CX-9 Grand Touring
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  • Almost the same
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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Road Tests - vs -
Missing information
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Crash Test Ratings - vs 10.0
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  • Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Overall 9.9 vs 9.0

Luxury Features

Mazda
CX-9 Grand Touring
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring
2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the CX-9 Grand Touring's power seats; not available on the CR-V
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the CX-9 Grand Touring; the CR-V only offers cloth seats

Practicality

Mazda
CX-9 Grand Touring
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring
2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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Passengers 7 vs 5 The CX-9 Grand Touring has lots of passenger seats, but the CR-V has very few
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Cargo space 100.7 ft3 vs 72.9 ft3 The CX-9 Grand Touring has lots of cargo room and the CR-V is pretty good
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front seats 55.7 ft3 vs 55.6 ft3 Both average size front seats
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Base payload capacity 1,501 lb vs 850 lb Average towing capacity
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The CX-9 Grand Touring offers an optional navigation system; not available on the CR-V
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Cupholders 12 vs 8 Both have a good number of cupholders but the CX-9 Grand Touring is particularly good
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Performance

Mazda
CX-9 Grand Touring
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring
2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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Horsepower 273 HP @ 6,250 RPM vs 180 HP @ 6,800 RPM The CX-9 Grand Touring is of average power, but the CR-V is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 5 The CX-9 Grand Touring has more gears and the CR-V is OK, too
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission The CX-9 Grand Touring's semi-automatic transmission is rare for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 15.9 lb/hp vs 18.8 lb/hp The CX-9 Grand Touring is a sporty car, while the CR-V is just average
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.4 ft vs 37.8 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Cost

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CX-9 Grand Touring
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring
2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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MSRP $33,940 vs $23,405 The CR-V has a great price and the CX-9 Grand Touring is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 21 mpg The CR-V has great city mileage and the CX-9 Grand Touring is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Entertainment System

Mazda
CX-9 Grand Touring
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring
2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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Number of speakers 6 vs 6 Fewer speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Yes The CR-V 's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the CX-9 Grand Touring does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the CX-9 Grand Touring; but it's not available at all on the CR-V

Safety Features

Mazda
CX-9 Grand Touring
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring
2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Road Tests

Mazda
CX-9 Grand Touring
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring
2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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0-60 mph 8.2 seconds vs 9.2 seconds The CX-9 Grand Touring's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the CR-V is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 137 ft vs 123 ft The CR-V has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the CX-9 Grand Touring is just OK
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1/4 mile 16.4 s s @ 87.0 mph mph vs 16.9 s s @ 82.9 mph mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.81 g vs 0.77 g The CX-9 Grand Touring has good cornering abilities compared to the merely average CR-V
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

Mazda
CX-9 Grand Touring
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring
2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs 4 stars
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs 3 stars

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Honda CR-V EX-L 2011 Honda Accord EX-L CR-V EX-L vs Accord EX-L
2011 Honda CR-V 2011 Nissan Murano LE CR-V vs Murano LE
2011 Honda CR-V 2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i CR-V vs X3 xDrive28i
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L 2011 Toyota Highlander SE CR-V EX-L vs Highlander SE
2011 Honda CR-V 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour EX CR-V vs Accord Crosstour EX
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring 2011 Mazda CX-7 i SV CX-9 Grand Touring vs CX-7 i SV
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited CX-9 Grand Touring vs Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring 2011 Acura MDX CX-9 Grand Touring vs MDX
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring 2011 Audi Q7 Premium CX-9 Grand Touring vs Q7 Premium
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring 2011 Buick Enclave CXL CX-9 Grand Touring vs Enclave CXL

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