Mazda CX-9 vs. Ford Edge

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Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009, and has seen himself published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also works as editor in chief for a large performance car online publication. His specialty lays in the high-performance realm, but has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Prior to being an automotive writer, he was an automotive technician and manager for six years, but spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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, Automotive Editor - September 22, 2016

Both the Mazda CX-9 and the Ford Edge are strong competitors in the crossover SUV segment. They offer the maneuverability of a smaller SUV with the spacious interior of a larger one, and have plenty of tech and comfort features to offer the discerning midsize family vehicle shopper. But which vehicle gives buyers the best driving experience?

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What the Mazda CX-9 Gets Right

The spacious CX-9 underwent a huge redesign recently that not only brought it into the 21st century, but also gave it an interior that can rival some luxury cars. The latter is what you get when you opt for the fully loaded Signature trim level, but the remaining trims are pretty well equipped, too.

With the redesign also comes a new powertrain. The big news is the new 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that cranks out up to 250 horsepower. This engine may not have the power of the Edge’s V6, but it bests all of the Edge’s fuel-economy numbers with 25 mpg combined.

The CX-9 also wins out in people hauling with its room for up to seven people—two more than the Edge—and it can tow up to 3,500 pounds, regardless of its configuration.

What the Ford Edge Gets Right

The Ford Edge also underwent a full redesign, albeit a year before the CX-9. This redesign also brought the crossover up to date with the rest of its class and added more features than ever before. Inside, the Edge offers more standard rear-seat legroom and a fair amount more cargo room with all of its seats in place—mostly due to it being a five-seat crossover.

The Edge also gets a new optional 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 that cranks out an incredible 315 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. This engine pairs up with the 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 to best the CX-9’s 2.5-liter There is also a 245-horsepower 2-liter engine that nearly reaches the combined fuel economy of the CX-9.

Finally, with a footprint that’s significantly smaller than the CX-9, the Edge is easier to maneuver in tight spaces.

The Edge Gets Really Close

The Edge’s smaller size and lower price are likely attractive to many buyers. Additionally, with up to 315 horsepower, it’ll definitely outrun the CX-9 in a straight line. But the CX-9 is simply a better people mover.

Our verdict: Mazda CX-9

With a unique look, tons of luxurious features, seating for seven, and a new, more efficient turbocharged engine, the CX-9 wins a tight match-up. Its zoom-zoom personality in the corners helps, too.

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, Automotive Editor

Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009, and has seen himself published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also works as editor in chief for a large performance car online publication. His specialty lays in the high-performance realm, but has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Prior to being an automotive writer, he was an automotive technician and manager for six years, but spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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