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2019 Volkswagen Atlas VS Mazda CX-9

A mid-size SUV is the weapon of choice for tackling everyday life with a family and all the travel it requires. The Volkswagen Atlas and the Mazda CX-9 both offer capabilities and technologies aimed at making daily trips easier for Quebec families. But they still differ on several levels. Here's how these two SUVs compare on paper.

On the mechanical level

Under the hood, the Volkswagen Atlas is offered with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a 3.6-liter V6. For the Mazda CX-9, we're talking about a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that develops more torque than the V6 engine in the Volkswagen Atlas, with 310 lb-ft.

This is due in part to the advanced SKYACTIV technology. Even with all that torque, the Mazda CX-9's 2.5 L engine is more fuel efficient than the Atlas V6, with 10.2 L / 100 km on the highway for the Atlas and 9.1 L / 100 km for the Mazda CX-9. Both SUVs are available with all-wheel drive.

Two three-row cabins

The Volkswagen Atlas and the Mazda CX-9 both have three rows of seats to accommodate maximum passengers. On the other hand, the CX-9 is the only one of the two to offer the three-zone air conditioning system on all variants. On the entertainment front, the Mazda CX-9 and Volkswagen Atlas both come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto suites.

In its basic Trendline version, the Volkswagen Atlas offers an adjustable driver's seat in six positions. For the Mazda CX-9, we are talking more about eight positions for optimal comfort in the basic variant. In addition, for the same variants, the interior of the Atlas has a 6.5-inch screen while the Mazda CX-9 benefits from a slightly larger screen, at 7 inches.

The Volkswagen Atlas and the Mazda CX-9 are two vehicles to consider if you are looking for an SUV with three rows of passengers. On the other hand, the Mazda CX-9 takes the lead on several fronts, such as powertrain, fuel economy and comfort.

And Mazda's reliability rating is unbeatable compared to European brands, and reliability is important when carrying your family. Come see us at Ami Junior Mazda to learn more about the superb Mazda CX-9.