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Features Comparison: Volkswagen Touareg vs. Mazda CX-9

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Model Year 2015 2015 2015
Model CX-9 CX-9 CX-9
Trim Sport Touring Grand Touring
Engines (show)  
3.7L V6
DOHC-4v
273 hp@6250
270 lb-ft@4250
Transmissions (show)  
6-speed manually-shiftable automatic
Drivetrains (show)  
FWD
AWD
Tires (show)  
245/60HR18 tires
245/50R20 tires    
Audio Systems (show)  
Unbranded, 6 speakers
Bose, 277W, 10 speakers  
Bose, 277W, 11 speakers (with subwoofer)    
Accessories (show)  
AC power outletPowers devices with a regular home electrical outlet. Limited wattage: forget about using it to power a blow drier.    
Cruise control
Power front side windowsOften must be ordered with power rear side windows, if these are available.
Power liftgateLiftgate can be opened and closed using buttons inside the vehicle and on the keyfob.  
Power locks
Power rear side windows
Proximity keyEnter and start the vehicle without removing the key from your pocket.  
Remote keyless entryUnlock and lock the car using buttons on the keyfob.
Remote startStart the car using a button on the keyfob. Interior can be a comfortable temperature as soon as you get in.
Remote window/roof operationOperate the power windows, sunroof, and/or convertible roof using buttons on the keyfob.
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel, manual
Universal garage door openerHomelink.  
Brakes, Airbags, and Other Safety (show)  
4-wheel disc brakesRear disc brakes.
AlarmOnly listed when pricing a single model because insufficient data for all cars.
Antilock brakes (ABS)Automatically pulse the brakes in hard stops to prevent wheels from locking up, making it possible to brake and steer at the same time.
Blind spot warning systemMirror-mounted lights indicate when another vehicle is in a blind spot.  
Brake assistWhen a panic stop is sensed, fully applies the brakes.
Front airbagsMandatory, in all cars.
Front seat active head restraintsAutomatically move forward when the vehicle is rear-ended.
Obstacle detection, rearBeeps signal distance to object behind vehicle. Parking aid.  
Rear cross-traffic detectionWarns of traffic coming from either direction when vehicle is in reverse, to prevent accidents when backing out of parking spaces.  
Rearview cameraRearview camera connected to display screen on the instrument panel. Often requires navigation system.  
Rollover sensorDeploys extended duration side curtain airbags when the vehicle rolls over. Usually included on tall vehicles. Rare on others.
Side curtain airbags, three rowsAirbags contained just above the window level. Cover all three rows.
Stability controlSelectively applies the brakes to prevent excessive understeer or oversteer (spinning).
Termporary spare tire
Tire-pressure monitorTwo types: a warning light when a tire is low on air and a pressure readout for each tire.
Traction controlWhen a drive wheel slips, it is braked and/or engine power is reduced, restoring traction.
Cargo Management (show)  
Cargo mat
Cargo net
Cargo tray
Class II trailer hitchHitch rated for up to 3,500 pounds. Capacity of the vehicle could be lower.
Console with shifter
Overhead sunglass holderUsually part of an overhead console.
Roof rackIncludes side rails and crossbars.  
Roof railsNo crossbars.    
Storage beneath cargo floorLarge storage area beneath the load floor, often compartmentalized.
Trailering equipment (4 wire)Includes four-wire harness, limited to relatively small trailers.
Climate Control and Infotainment (show)  
Air conditioning
Audio controls on steering wheel
Automatic climate control, frontMaintains set temperature in front row. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.
Aux inputJack for an iPod or similar device. No value because of incomplete data. Will soon be standard on nearly every car.
Bluetooth audio streamingUses Bluetooth rather than a cable to integrate audio device. Requires compatible audio device and/or phone.
Bluetooth cell phone linkEnables hands-free communication by wirelessly connecting a cell phone to a microphone and the vehicle's stereo speakers.
CD player
Dual-zone climate controlTemperature can be separately set for left and right sides of the passenger compartment. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.
Entertainment system, ceiling-mountedA DVD player and ceiling-mounted screen. Often includes a pair of wireless headphones.    
Interior air filterFilters exterior air before it enters the passenger compartment. No default value because most cars have them, even in cases where they're not in the official list of features.
MP3-compatible playerAudio system capable of playing discs with MP3 files.
Navigation systemScreen-based navigation system.  
Pandora internet radio connectivityRequires connected compatible phone.
Rain-sensing wipersWipers automatically turn on and adjust their speed based on input from a rain sensor.    
Rear air vents with automatic controlsMaintains set temperature in rear passenger area by providing heated or cooled air through vents in the center console, B-pillars, and/or ceiling. Replaces and includes value of rear air vents with manual controls.
Rear defrost
Rear heat ductsDucts under front seats direct heated air to the second row.
Rear HVAC unitA second evaporator provides cool air to rear vents. Does not include the value of these vents. Includes rear heater.
Rear wiper
Satellite radioXM or Sirius. Includes a subscription for three to six months, after which monthly fees apply.
SMS text-to-speech readerConverts text messages to speech.
Surround sound  
Traffic informationInformation about traffic conditions. Monthly fee after first 3-12 months.    
USB portOften permits an iPod or phone to be integrated into the vehicle's entertainment system and controls.
Variable intermittent wipersTime between wipes can be precisely adjusted.  
Voice control for nav and audioSometimes also includes voice control over climate control system.  
Exterior (show)  
Bodyside cladding (gray/black)Protective cladding extending partly onto the doors.
Bright-finished exhaust tip(s)Chrome or polished metal exhaust tip.
Deep-tinted rear windows
Mud guardsFlaps mounted behind two to four wheels, to protect the body from mud and rocks.
Paint, special white
Rear bumper protector
Rear spoilerCan be small lip spoiler or a larger raised spoiler.
Sunroof  
Instruments, Lights, and Mirrors (show)  
Auto-dimming rearview mirrorInterior rearview mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.
Automatic headlightsHeadlights automatically turn on and off. Includes value of automatic-off headlights.    
Automatic-off headlightsHeadlights automatically turn off.    
CompassWe haven't given this feature a value because it's hard to tell which cars have it.  
Fog lightsLight wide area close in front of the vehicle.  
Heated mirrorsClears ice and fog from mirrors.
Illuminated visor mirror, driverIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.
Illuminated visor mirror, passengerIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.
Interior ambient lightingLEDs cast a soft glow over and/or highlight parts of the interior.    
Map lightsFront row reading lights.
Mirror tilt-down in reverseOne or both exterior mirrors tilt down when the transmission is in reverse, to provide view of the curb.    
Outside temperature display
Power mirrorsIncludes value of manual remote mirrors.
TachometerReports engine speed.
Turn signals on or near mirrors    
Upgraded instrumentsOnly listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.    
Xenon HID headlightsProvide a brighter, whiter light than halogen headlights.    
Powertrain (show)  
Additional engine coolingNo value because no way to compare across models.
Transmission coolerOnly listed when pricing a single model because insufficient data for all cars.
Seats and Interior Trim (show)  
Front buckets
Second-row 2-section 3-person split bench
Third-row 2-section 2-person split bench
All-weather floor matsAll-weather floormats.
Center armrest(s), front row
Center armrest(s), second row
Floor mats
Folding second row seatsSeat folds to enlarge cargo area. Unless the seat is also removable, it usually folds flat or nearly flat.
Folding third row seatsSeat folds to enlarge cargo area. Unless the seat is also removable, it usually folds flat or nearly flat.
Heated front seats
Leather seating surfacesSeating surfaces are trimmed in leather; other upholstery tends to be leatherette.  
Leather-wrapped steering wheel
Manual fore-aft adjuster, second row seatsSeat adjusts back and forth to vary the split between the second row and the third row or cargo area.
Manual height adjuster, driver seat      
Manual lumbar adjuster, driver seatManually adjustable lower back support.    
Manual recliner, second row seats
Memory system, driver seat    
Power fore-aft adjuster, driver seat
Power fore-aft adjuster, passenger seat  
Power height adjuster, driver seat
Power lumbar adjuster, driver seatPower-adjustable lower back support.  
Power recliner, driver seat
Power recliner, passenger seat  
Power tilt adjuster, driver seatPower tilting seat cushion; can take the form of a second height adjustment.
Suspension, Wheels, and Tires (show)  
Alloy wheels
Wheel locksLug nuts that can only be removed using a special key. Prevents theft of wheels.

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Option Package Contents

Power driver seat

Features
Heated mirrors
Heated front seats
Power fore-aft adjuster, driver seat
Power height adjuster, driver seat
Power tilt adjuster, driver seat
Power recliner, driver seat
Manual lumbar adjuster, driver seat

Technology Package

Features
Sunroof
Roof rack
Bose, 277W, 10 speakers
Proximity key
Bose, 277W, 10 speakers

Navigation system

Features
Navigation system
Surround sound
Voice control for nav and audio

Technology Package

Features
Sunroof
Roof rack
Bose, 277W, 10 speakers
Proximity key
Bose, 277W, 10 speakers

Rear Seat Entertainment System Pkg.

Features
Entertainment system, ceiling-mounted
AC power outlet
Traffic information
Bose, 277W, 11 speakers (with subwoofer)

Navigation system

Features
Navigation system
Surround sound
Voice control for nav and audio

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