2019 Volkswagen Atlas Vs. 2019 Mazda CX-9

Blue 2019 Volkswagen Atlas and black 2019 Mazda CX-9, separated by a diagonal line and a "VS." logo.

Since debuting all-new for the previous model year, the instantly-beloved Volkswagen Atlas has only gotten better. Picked as one of the Best Midsize SUVs for 2019 from Edmunds, the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas been widely lauded for its voluminous cargo and passenger room, sizable load of features, intuitive infotainment, and adept handling.

Another seven-seating midsize SUV name you may have heard batted around is the 2019 Mazda CX-9. In this highly competitive class, how do these two able family-haulers compare?

2019 Volkswagen Atlas


2019 Mazda CX-9

$30,895 Starting MSRP $32,280
Two Engine Options One
Up to 22 city / 26 highway Fuel Capacity Up to 22 city / 28 highway
235 to 276 hp Horsepower 227 hp
5,000 pounds Towing Capacity 3,500 pounds
20.6 cubic feet Cargo Volume (behind rear seats) 14.4 cubic feet
96.8 cubic feet Cargo Volume (with seat area) 71.2 cubic feet
Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto? Available

Capability and Price of the 2019 Mazda CX-9

The 2019 Mazda CX-9 proudly provides less cargo room, lower horsepower, and an inferior tow rating, adding up to altogether less capability. The only thing not less is the price, with Mazda slapping their 2019 SUV with a base price that starts over $1,000 higher.

Capability and Power of the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan

More cargo room in the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas means that you can take more with you when you need to. With a full 25 extra cubic feet of cargo volume, possibilities are significantly increased for trips, weekend getaways, and daily tasks like groceries and soccer games. It’s simply a lot of space, no matter which way you metaphorically slice it.

Likewise, being able to tow a full 1,500 pounds more than the 2019 Mazda CX-9 increases opportunities for what drivers can pull for weekend adventures and excursions.

The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas also boasts two engine options as opposed to the one in the 2019 Mazda CX-9. In addition to the base 2.0-liter four-cylinder, there’s a 3.6-liter V6 which comes standard in all other trim levels.