The 2023 Toyota Highlander and Mazda CX-9 are two exceptionally capable competitors in the 

 highly competitive midsize three-row SUV sector, and both Japanese automakers provide

The 2023 Mazda CX-9 attempts to provide a sportier and higher-quality feel to attract consumers

 with well-known models like the Kia Telluride, Hyundai Palisade, and the impending 2023 Honda Pilot, 

while the Toyota Highlander concentrates more on practicality and economy as its strengths.

Two different powertrains are available for the 2023 Toyota Highlander, the first of which is a 2.4-liter turbocharged

 horsepower and 310 pound feet of torque coupled to an 8-speed ECT automated gearbox. 

 Both FWD and AWD are available as options. The other option is a hybrid drivetrain, which