Toyota LandCruiser LC5 Prado Vs Mazda CX-9 Review

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Here's a quick comparison between the 150 series Toyota Land Cruiser Prado and the Mazda CX-9. Although we have driven the CX-7 we didn't try the CX-9 for very long. The comparison between the two are based on specification and showroom impressions a very brief test drive impression.

The CX-9 is not that much bigger than the CX-7 on the inside so it is surprisingly only a 7 seater although its called the '9'.  Likewise the CX-7 only seats 5 and called a '7'. There are a few differences between the two models apart from the larger exterior size: CX-9 is powered by V6 engines and is bigger. Similar interior materials are used for both models and similar exterior design themes.

The 2011 upgrade sees the front wheel drive only model introduced which seems like a good idea besides it doesn't have much off-road ability in AWD form anyway.


Mazda CX-9
150 Toyota LandCruiser Prado

The CX-9 is not a true 4WD so you can't compare the Prado on that basis. It is basically a road only wagon with an on demand AWD system for very mild off road work.  But if you need the space then this is a good choice.  Bear in mind that the interior feels closeted due to being packaged as a regular wagon rather than a 4WD style wagon.

Fuel consumption again is a problem with the CX-9 hampered further by its small fuel tank. Thankfully you can use regular unleaded rather than the higher octane and more expensive variety.

The interior of the CX-9 looks and feels good. It is a nice place to be. There where 1 or 2 trim alignment issues with the one I looked at but overall it is really good.  It is very close to the Prado in terms of materials used though which helps things. The exterior is very sleek for a wagon and I would not blame you if you bought one solely on looks. However it does feel smaller due to the seating position but look back and there's is lots of space.

Performance should be good and handling around the suburbs should be good too. However by all accounts it is noisier than the Prado and steering feel of almost a regular car with some vibes. Not so subtle suspension with less body roll give the impression of good handling but the turn in viewed in retrospect was only a tad ahead of the Prado but with appreciated greater road feel.

The exterior design of the CX-9 is great, wedge shaped and sporty looking makes it standout amongst the numerous rectangular SUVs available in 2010. Looks and goes well on the road.



Last known pricing (RRP)

NOT including on roads, discounts etc...

150 Series Toyota Prado
2010 $58,490 - 88,990 AUD

Mazda CX-9
2011 $44,490 - 62,100 AUD
2010 $51,990 - 63,186 AUD



There are not many competitors in this class of vehicle so if fuel consumption is not an issue for you than put this on the short list. It is probably one of the largest cars you buy in the price range. This is not a Prado competitor when you start to compare off-road ability or refinement.

Toyota Prado (150 Series) Mazda CX-9

1GR-FE (modified)
V6 Petrol
Quad Cam with Dual VVTi EFI
4 Litre (3956cc)
Claimed 203Kw @ 5600RPM
Claimed 380Nm @ 4400RPM

1KD-FTV (modified)
IL4 DOHC Diesel
Turbo-charged - Intercooler
Direct Injection - Common Rail
3 Litre (2982cc)
Claimed 128Kw @ 3400RPM
Claimed 410Nm @ 1600-2800RPM
V6 Petrol
V6 Petrol
Quad Cam with S-VT EFI
3.7 Litre (3726cc)
Claimed 204Kw @ 6250RPM
Claimed 367Nm @ 4250RPM

Weight (Kerb)  
2195 - 2435Kg
Towing capacity up to 2500kg
2036 - 2097Kg
Towing capacity up to 2000kg
Fuel capacity & consumption  
Up to 150 litres
IL6 Petrol 11.5 litres per 100km (Auto)
IL4 Diesel 8.5 litres per 100km (Auto)
Up to 76 litres
V6 Diesel 12.2 litres per 100km (Auto)
Other specifications  
5 speed Auto or 6 speed manual
Overall height/width 1845/1890
Overall length/Wheelbase 4930/2790
Track (front/rear) 1585/1585
ANCAP safety rating 4/5
6 speed Auto
Overall height/width 1728/1936
Overall length/Wheelbase 5099/2875
Track (front/rear) 1654/1644
ANCAP safety rating 5/5
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach 32
Departure 24-25
Breakover 22
Drive system AWD with modes
Minimum ground clearance 220mm
Water Fording depth 700mm Max
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach xx
Departure xx
Breakover xx
Drive system AWD on demand or FWD only
Minimum ground clearance 147
Water Fording depth xx Max
Performance Performance

Prado performance figures

0-100kph x.x secs (V6 petrol)

2010 $58,490 - 88,990 AUD
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing, specifications, on-road costs, accessories and specials etc.. everything as usual is subject to change!
2010 $51,990 - 63,186 AUD
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing, specifications, on-road costs, accessories and specials etc.. everything as usual is subject to change!

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