Mazda CX-9 vs BMW X5


Families in Metairie, Harvey, and New Orleans are searching for a refined vehicle with ample space and premium features designed to enhance their drive. The Mazda CX-9 and the BMW X5 are both desirable options, but which one is the better SUV for you?

Paretti Mazda wants to help you answer this question, so we put together this review. Read on to see how the Mazda CX-9 and the X5 stack up against each other, then contact us if you want to learn more.

Mazda CX-9 Performance

Sophisticated Performance at Every Mile

Family adventures to the park or museums are much more enjoyable when you don’t have to stop often to fuel up. Fortunately, the BMW X5 is fairly efficient with an EPA-estimated 21 city/26 highway MPG. However, if you really want to cruise past gas stations, opt for the Mazda CX-9. This SUV is armed with a Skyactiv®-G 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that achieves an EPA-estimated 22 city/28 highway MPG.[1]

To ensure every mile is enjoyable, the Mazda CX-9 is equipped with Skyactiv®-Vehicle Dynamics with G-Vectoring Control Plus. When cruising around corners, this system goes to work to balance vehicle weight and manage power distribution for a sleek and refined ride. Since this feature is exclusive to Mazda, you may notice a difference in the way these two SUVs perform.

Mazda CX-9 Interior

Mazda CX-9 vs BMW X5: Interior Dimensions

Larger families will love what these SUVs have to offer with seating for seven passengers. If you want to upgrade to more seating in the BMW X5, you’ll have to add the optional third row, while that comes standard in the Mazda CX-9. Additionally, everyone in your cabin will thank you for the extra legroom to stretch out that’s found in the Mazda CX-9:



Front Legroom: 41 inches

Second-Row Legroom: 39.4 inches



Front Legroom: 39.8 inches

Second-Row Legroom: 37.4 inches


Every family getaway calls for different cargo, so the interiors of these SUVs are configurable to meet your needs. With all three rows upright in the Mazda CX-9, you’ll be treated to 14.4 cubic feet of cargo room to store school bags and groceries. When more room is needed, the back-row folds flat to provide 38.2 cubic feet of room. Once again, things might get cramped in the X5 since it only has 33.9 cubic feet of cargo room with the third seat folded down.

Mazda CX-9 Safety

Keep Your Whole Cabin Protected

Nothing is more important than keeping your family protected. With baseline features, including Advanced Smart City Brake Support with pedestrian detection, Lane-keep Assist, and Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, the Mazda CX-9 and the BMW X5 do just that. These advanced systems work to help protect you by monitoring the open road and alerting you to potential obstacles and collisions.

Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go also comes standard on the Mazda CX-9 and works to maintain a safe following speed and distance between you and the car ahead, so you can focus on steering. While the X5 has a similar feature, it’s not a baseline amenity, so you’ll have to upgrade to a higher trim level if you’re interested in the convenience and peace of mind it provides.

Schedule a Test Drive Today!

At Paretti Mazda, we think you’ll prefer the Mazda CX-9 over the BMW X5 due to its standard amenities and sophisticated performance. So, schedule a test drive of this family-friendly SUV today, and get ready to jet around Metairie, Harvey, and New Orleans in style.

[1] Up to an EPA-estimated 22 city/28 highway MPG for 2019 Mazda CX-9 FWD models. AWD models, 20 city/26 highway MPG. Actual results will vary.

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