2022 Mazda CX-9 vs. Volvo XC90: Which is better?

2022 Mazda CX-9 vs. Volvo XC90: Which is better?

The Mazda CX-9 and Volvo XC90 have very different starting prices, but these SUVs have more in common than you might think. Both offer 3-row seating and excellent safety ratings, making them family-friendly.

Let’s take a closer look at these SUVs and find the right one for you.

2022 Mazda CX-9

The Mazda CX-9 is a classy and sporty choice among the standard mid-size SUVs. This is Mazda’s MZDAY,

A large SUV and yet has the nimble handling of a small car. Pricing starts at $35,630.

Mazda CX-9 highlights

Value Price: The Mazda CX-9 is the more affordable option of the two SUVs. Not only does it have a good starting price, but it has an impressive list of standard features, adding to its value proposition. Standard features include all-wheel drive, heated front seats, three-zone climate control, Android Auto, Apple AAPL,
CarPlay and i-Activsense safety technology suite.

Fun to drive: The CX-9 only has one powertrain option, but you won’t hear us complain about that. The turbocharged engine under the hood delivers satisfying thrust and 310 lb-ft of torque, and the well-tuned chassis gives it the fun-to-drive character that Mazda is famous for. Meanwhile, the standard AWD system improves all-weather traction and road grip.

Good interior quality for the money: The CX-9’s interior isn’t as luxurious as the XC90’s, but it’s one of the best interiors you’ll find in a non-luxury SUV. This luxury cabin has a good design, good materials and modern technology features that make the CX-9 a more expensive SUV than it is.

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2022 Volvo XC90

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The XC90 is one of the most practical and family-friendly choices in mid-size 3-row luxury SUVs. It has a generous interior space, unique beauty and safety that the brand is known for. Pricing starts at $56,000.

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Highlights of the Volvo XC90

Luxurious interior: The CX-9’s interior is nice, but the XC90’s cabin is more luxurious. The quality of the leather is top notch, the seats are very comfortable and there is more interior space than the Mazda. Advanced features include a digital instrument cluster, navigation, wireless charging, a sunroof and 4-zone climate control.

Plug-in hybrid option: The XC90 Recharge is a plug-in hybrid that develops 455 horsepower and can travel up to 32 miles on electric power alone. This hybrid powertrain improves the performance and efficiency of the XC90 without compromising safety or practicality.

Scandinavian Style: The Volvo XC90 has a distinctive Scandinavian look inside and out, making it ideal for drivers looking for something a little different. This Volvo offers family utility and exceptional beauty.

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IIHS Top Safety Pick+, 3-row seats, same size and interior space, standard turbo engine


Which of these SUVs is right for you depends a lot on your budget. The Volvo XC90 has many of the same features as the CX-9, such as 3-row seating and an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating, but with a more luxurious interior and more powertrain options, but at a lower price. The Mazda is the best value if you’re looking for a luxury family SUV without the hefty price tag.

2022 Mazda CX-9 2022 Volvo XC90
Starting price



Popular power plants


2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder

2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo


227 hp at 5,000 rpm

250 hp at 5,500 rpm

A couple

310 lb-ft at 2,000 rpm

258 lb-ft at 1,500 rpm


6-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

fuel economy

20 city/26 highway/23 mpg combined

21 city/30 highway/25 mpg combined

Maximum drag

3,500 pounds

5,000 pounds

Also available

4-cylinder turbocharged engine, plug-in hybrid powertrain, all-wheel drive


Basic warranty

3 years/ 36,000 miles

4 years/50,000 miles

Powertrain Warranty

5 years/60,000 miles

4 years/50,000 miles

NHTSA International Safety

5 stars

5 stars

Maximum seating capacity



The base of the wheels

115.3 inches

117.5 inches

Total length

199.4 inches

195.0 inches


77.5 inches

75.7 inches


67.6 inches

69.9 inches

Turning diameter

38.8 feet

39.7 feet

Head room, 1st row

40.1 inches

38.9 inches

2nd Row headroom

38.5 inches

38.5 inches

Head room, 3rd row

35.4 inches

36.3 inches

1st row leg room

41.0 inches

40.9 inches

2nd row leg room

39.4 inches

37.0 inches

3rd Row Leg Room

29.7 inches

31.9 inches

Shoulder room, row 1

57.9 inches

57.7 inches

Shoulder room, 2nd row

58.1 inches

56.5 inches

Shoulder room, 3rd row

53.1 inches

46.9 inches

Amount of cargo

21.5/50.5/84.9 cubic feet

21.8/49.6/80.3 cubic feet

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