Mazda CX-9 vs Volkswagen Atlas

2021 MAZDA CX-9


2021 Volkswagen Atlas

Starting MSRP


Adaptive Cruise Control

Not Available
320 lb-ft


258 lb-ft
3,500 pounds

Standard Towing Capacity

2,000 pounds
22 city/28 highway

EPA-Estimated MPG

21 city/24 highway

2021 MAZDA CX-9 vs. 2021 Volkswagen Atlas

Looking for a family-friendly, feature-packed three-row crossover SUV for sale or lease in Fond du Lac or Oshkosh? If you’ve been considering the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas, you’re in good company. But below, you’ll find out why the 2021 Mazda CX-9 is a better choice for many drivers just like you. Curious to learn why we say that? Read on for our Mazda CX-9 vs. Volkswagen Atlas comparison, or contact us now at Holiday Mazda!

MAZDA CX-9 vs. VW Atlas: Power & Capability

It’s not hard to envision yourself behind-the-wheel of either the Mazda CX-9 or VW Atlas. But when you really start comparing the Mazda CX-9 vs. VW Atlas below a surface level, you’ll note that these two SUVs differ greatly in key areas. For instance, the Mazda CX-9 offers a much more robust standard towing capacity than the Volkswagen Atlas:

  • Mazda CX-9 Standard Towing Capacity: 3,500 lbs
  • Volkswagen Atlas Standard Towing Capacity: 2,000 lbs

Looking to tow even more? You can upgrade the VW Atlas’ towing capacity, but for a price. For most Appleton drivers, the Mazda CX-9 represents the best mix of capability and value regarding towing capability. What’s more, though the VW Atlas has more standard horsepower than the Mazda CX-9, it also has significantly less torque.

MAZDA CX-9 vs. VW Atlas: Interior Amenities

The Mazda CX-9 was designed with luxury in mind. But this SUV isn’t just all polish and no practicality. In fact, some standard safety features on the Mazda CX-9 base trim require an upgrade if you want to access them on the Atlas! These features include both Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keeping Assist. The Mazda CX-9 also boasts other standard interior amenities that turn your every Beaver Dam commute into an adventure, including:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Leather/metal-look gear shift knob

MAZDA CX-9 vs. VW Atlas: Safety

Most 2021 models haven’t been rated for safety when this piece is written, so let’s take a look at the results of 2020 data for the Mazda CX–9 vs. Volkswagen Atlas. In this case, the Mazda CX-9 earned the highest possible safety scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), earning it a Top Safety Pick+ designation. The Volkswagen Atlas earned similarly high scores from the IIHS and the NHTSA as well. Check out the NHTSA and IIHS scorecards for both SUVs below:

MAZDA CX-9: Safety Scores

  • NHTSA Overall Score — 5 out of 5 stars
  • IIHS Vehicle-to-Vehicle Front Crash Prevention — Superior
  • IIHS Headlight Crash Avoidance — Moderate to Good (varies by trim)

Volkswagen Atlas: Safety Scores

  • NHTSA Overall Score — 5 out of 5 stars
  • IIHS Vehicle-to-Vehicle Front Crash Prevention — Superior
  • IIHS Headlight Crash Avoidance — Poor to Moderate (varies by trim)
  • IIHS LATCH Child Seat Anchors Ease of Use — Moderate (varies by trim)

To see how the Mazda CX-9 compares to other vehicles in its class, compare the Mazda CX-9 vs. Honda Pilot when you visit Holiday Mazda.

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*MSRP excludes taxes, title, license fees and $1,100 destination charge (Alaska $1,145). Vehicle shown may be priced higher. Actual dealer price will vary. See dealer for complete details.

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