2018 Mazda CX-9 Signature vs Mazda 6 Signature: Who Wore It Best? [Video]

Is the “mommy missile” CX-9 Signature better than the Mazda 6 sedan?

For 2018 and beyond, Mazda decided to fit their 2.5-liter turbocharged engine in the Mazda 6 midsize sedan. Making 250 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, it matches the CX-9 three-row crossover for power. In fact, it shares the powertrain with the Mazda CX-9, which first introduced the new turbocharged engine.

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Mazda CX-9 Signature. [Photo: Mazda]
This year also introduced the Signature trim level to the Mazda 6 – another carryover from the redesigned CX-9. That got us thinking – which car wears it best? To be fair, both cars do carry out different purposes. While the Mazda 6 is meant to serve as a svelte, fun-to-drive sedan, the 2018 Mazda CX-9, Sarah says, is more of a “mommy missile”. While the CX-9 has the same engine, it is encumbered by its main purpose as a three-row crossover. As a result, the Mazda CX-9 is significantly heavier than the Mazda 6. Unlike the Mazda 6, it’s also offered in all-wheel drive.

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Apart from those distinctions, however, the two cars are remarkably similar. They both have leather throughout, with much of the same switches and features. However, the Mazda 6 is a bit more modern, as its redesign incorporates a partially-digital gauge cluster. Both cars use a 8.0-inch touchscreen display with the MazdaConnect infotainment system.

While the Mazda 6 Signature tops out around $36,000, the 2018 Mazda CX-9 Signature starts at $44,315. Spec one out and you’re looking at spending over $48,000. So, is Mazda’s three-row crossover worth $12,000 more than the range-topping sedan? Check out Sarah’s review above to find out!

If you missed her review of the Mazda 6, watch the video below. Subscribe to The Fast Lane Car and TFLnow for more news, views and real-world reviews!