Hey Everyone! Today I'll be checking out the New Volkswagen Atlas SE versus 2017 Mazda CX9 Touring. Both vehicles are similar in price, but one will out rank the other!
You make the decision on which vehicle you like better!!!!
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Comments

    • Aly Mahna
      Aly Mahna

      Mazda cx9

      about 3 months ago
    • Jess Cardozo
      Jess Cardozo

      Like the detailed comparison but could only watch 8 minutes of it because your camera is too shaky and gave me car sickness haha! Maybe get a go pro with head gear then you’ll have both hands available ease of handling the cars. 🙂

      about 4 months ago
    • CharlestonCarVideos
      CharlestonCarVideos In reply to Jess Cardozo

      thanks Jess, yeah back then my camera gear was pretty simple so the shake was a bit much. I think my videos have gotten much smoother now if you watch the newer uploads this vid is a few years old. I'm not a big fan of stabilizer systems unless your using it for cool smooth shots of the cars etc. My videos now are more like vlogs so I like going handheld with it, but theres always room for improvement. Surly don't want to make anyone sea sick lol.

      about 4 months ago
    • ishan R
      ishan R

      Cx9...

      about 5 months ago
    • Not Me
      Not Me

      Atlas SE is the way to go. Enough features and wont go over 40k.

      about 5 months ago
    • Kish Galappatti
      Kish Galappatti

      Please don't drive with one hand at the top of the wheel. You can control the vehicle much better with two hands preferably at 3 and 9 positions.

      about 8 months ago
    • CharlestonCarVideos
      CharlestonCarVideos In reply to Kish Galappatti

      Good Tip. thank you

      about 8 months ago
    • sunofegypt7
      sunofegypt7

      Which has less body role? Better on gas and has the best suspension?

      about 1 year ago
    • JPStuehrenberg
      JPStuehrenberg

      You do not have to go up to the SEL trim to get a power tailgate on the Atlas, the power tailgate comes in at the SE wTechnology trim level which is the next trim up from the SE.

      about 1 year ago
    • MEL LEV
      MEL LEV

      Compare apples to apples. The Signature vs the Premium. VW puts vinil on all levels except the premium and cheap plastic all over the place.

      about 1 year ago
    • Review star
      Review star

      My cx9 had sunroof

      about 1 year ago
    • Review star
      Review star

      I had a cx9 & a vw toureg both were best

      about 1 year ago
    • Andrew Woodward
      Andrew Woodward

      Drove both the Atlas SEL loaded model and the Mazda Loaded AWD Grand Touring Model and really liked both. The Atlas had a few options the Mazda didn't, such as driver lane assist, panoramic sun roof and apple/google car play. The Mazda had superior interior with a bit more premium feel (and this is not even the signature series) heads up display that features many cool things like lane warning assist and other features that work with navigation. The VW had a slightly smoother ride, while the Mazda had tighter and more precise steering to me. The VW had much more cargo space and a lager third row seat that I felt more comfortable in. The Mazda seemed much quieter with less road noise and engine noise at low rmps while I felt its engine seemed louder than the VW at mid range rpms. To be fair they were both very quite and I'm just being picky. In the end it honestly came down to looks, and I just found the Mazda to feel more premium, sportier and appealing. But I can see the VW being more practical, so its up to you.

      about 1 year ago
    • R M
      R M

      Thank you for the detailed comparison

      about 1 year ago
    • Ray Roberts
      Ray Roberts

      One thing he didn't show was the button that (near the cubby bottom of center) that you can use to turn that (start/stop) feature off. The VW is very roomy and rides quiet and the tech features are up-to-date.

      The Mazda has a few negatives for me.
      1. The manual shift mode - You move the shifter to the forward position to gear down and pull back to gear up (that's just
      backwards)
      2. The backup camera has no trajectory with the guidelines when you turn the steering.
      3. The raised center console is very uncomfortable for tall people in driver seat on long trips.
      4. The popped up screen in the dash doesn't look good and the tech seems so dated - they need to update that screen - it's
      lackluster compared to the VW. and no Android Auto or Apple Carplay
      5. Raised hump in floor of the second row not good for tall riders.
      6. Third row seat is tight even for kids. If you and all your family are short and small bodied then it's not too much of an issue.

      about 1 year ago
    • timgrov3
      timgrov3

      I'd rather work on and buy parts for the atlas. Much easier to deal with maintaining the VW

      about 1 year ago
    • Vitaliy And
      Vitaliy And

      Hi I just got atlas and it’s a great car and big inside A lot space

      about 1 year ago
    • Subieqs
      Subieqs

      My mom is supposed to be getting one in December of 2018. She likes the top trim level, Signature

      about 1 year ago
    • rajnesh chaturvedi
      rajnesh chaturvedi

      cx9 is little expensive itsnt it ?..so we are geting as per proce doesnt matter which one you buy.

      about 1 year ago
    • mrah b
      mrah b

      the Atlas AC turning off is dumb af. no way i would buy that here in L.A. and traffic. wtf. thx for pointing out. wow.

      about 1 year ago
    • Ray Roberts
      Ray Roberts In reply to mrah b

      Charlie; it's not that the AC turns off - it's that start/stop option that help save on fuel when at a stoplight. One thing he didn't show was the button that (near the cubby bottom of center) that you can use to turn that feature off. The VW is very roomy and rides quiet and the tech features are up-to-date. The Mazda has a few negatives for me.
      1. the manual shift mode - You move the shifter to the forward position for gearing down (that's just backwards)
      2. the backup camera has no trajectory with the guidelines when you turn the steering.
      3. The raised center console is very uncomfortable for tall people in driver seat on long trips.
      4. The popped screen doesn't look good and the tech seems so dated - they need to update that screen - it's
      lackluster.
      5. raised hump in floor of the second row not good for tall riders.
      6. Third row seat is tight even for kids. If you and all your family are short and small bodied then it's not too much of an issue.

      about 1 year ago
    • ggolds5
      ggolds5

      RELIABLITLY> The Atlas will likely be awful!!. It will need that long warranty. The Mazda is very reliable. That should be mentioned before anything else.

      about 1 year ago
    • Calla Something
      Calla Something In reply to ggolds5

      gggolds- well my company does a lot of the recalls for VW/AUDI. I can start posting here of every one I come across : ). There are a shitton of them.

      about 1 year ago
    • RayR Strebor
      RayR Strebor In reply to ggolds5

      I test drove both but had to choose the VW - my first VW and man I tell you this is smooth and spacious. The Mazda didn't feel right to me and the VW had 276HP vs the Mazda @ 250HP only if you put in Premium gas in. I get the 276HP on the VW regardless of the grade gas I fill the tank with. I agree that the Mazda will give better MPG but I love the tech in the VW vs the Mazda. The CX-9 does not have Android Auto or Apple Car Play. You don't have to go to SEL to power tailgate on the VW you get it at SE. The sound system in the VW is so crisp! the seating offers a lot more space in VW - I have kids that would grow out out of the Mazda in a couple years. Entry/Exit to the 3rd row is so much easier and offers more space in the VW. As one person said - If I could own both then yes. The Mazda for yourself and a couple people but for the family of 6 or 7 then the VW for sure..

      about 1 year ago
    • ggolds5
      ggolds5 In reply to ggolds5

      Ive had 4 Mazdas in my lifetime. Starting with my parents first new car a 1973 Mazda RX-3 Rotary sport wagon. 379,000 miles. 22 years. 4 family members. I learned to drive on it-standard. Mazda MX3- not very fast, bright green but reliable and fun. Black MX3. Mazda CX 5 2016 love it. In comparison, our bus, 4 rabbits, Tiguan, 1 bug in 77 but my mother crashed it. Almost forgot the 74 Carmen Ghia. That was a great car. Lots of cars in my family , loved the VW's but most sucked. Mazda's were great across the board. Read Consumer Reports, only thing worth reading on cars, VW has never consistently been very reliable in the long run. Resale value on the VW's is VERY high, always has been. Mazda about average.

      about 1 year ago
    • CharlestonCarVideos
      CharlestonCarVideos In reply to ggolds5

      good point ggolds5. this will be a good video to make talking about the reliability of these two vehicles. thank you.

      about 1 year ago
    • STEPHANE Jore
      STEPHANE Jore

      I do not understand your comment i thaught the mazda was biger than the VW
      CX-9/ 5.07X1.97X1.71m
      Atlas .5.03x1.98x1.77m
      Mazda is longer, widht +/- the same and height is Atlas

      about 1 year ago
    • Brandon Dreher
      Brandon Dreher

      Points to a 3" hole "a decent amount of leg room back here"

      about 1 year ago
    • Ali Raza
      Ali Raza

      go fuck your self you don't know what r u talking about >

      about 1 year ago
    • Ali Raza
      Ali Raza

      spot lieing

      about 1 year ago
    • Ali Raza
      Ali Raza

      yo bro show the right the atlas has more space than cx9 in 3rd roll I did work for mazda and I do work for v.w

      about 1 year ago
    • Brandon Dreher
      Brandon Dreher In reply to Ali Raza

      Ali Raza English plz

      about 1 year ago
    • PTR Vlogs
      PTR Vlogs

      I have the CX-9 and I love it. Great ride. Great power. Fit and finish is very luxurious. The VW Atlas is an American made boat. No German engineering it it. I test drove the Atlas and it was no good. CX-9 is fantastic!

      about 1 year ago
    • R M
      R M In reply to PTR Vlogs

      Mehmet Caglayan cx9 third row seats offered plenty room when i sat in it

      about 1 year ago
    • Mehmet Caglayan
      Mehmet Caglayan In reply to PTR Vlogs

      CX-9 is a very nice car. VW Atlas is not an American boat. It rides like a car and it has great road handling. Just because it's built in the USA doesn't make Atlas an American engineered vehicle. It was designed by VW engineers for American market. It is a pure VW. Plasticky utilitarian, but nice practical interior . CX-9 is smaller with useless third row seats and has a better interior. I think CX-9 looks sexier.. But, Atlas is more practical.

      about 1 year ago
    • loveVten power
      loveVten power In reply to PTR Vlogs

      Yep, the engine is built in Germany, trans is made in Japan on the atlas.

      about 1 year ago
    • CharlestonCarVideos
      CharlestonCarVideos In reply to PTR Vlogs

      Thanks for the input Pybeh83. Well thats nice to hear that the V6 engine is being built in Germany. So I guess the rest of the Atlas is built in the good old USA which is great! Opens up more jobs for our American's.

      about 1 year ago
    • Pybeh83
      Pybeh83 In reply to PTR Vlogs

      Just wanted to correct you here, Atlas engine is made in Germany if you get the V6 option. I only know because I'm looking around for a new car and stopped by VW to check out the Atlas.

      about 1 year ago
    • TA1199
      TA1199

      I have test drove both in the past week. The Atlas is bigger and has more room overall for second and third-row passengers. There is much more cargo space as well. The ride was very nice. The power was ok. A little underpowered for such a large heavy truck. The ride was pretty good. The Atlas soaked up the biggest ruts and bumps with ease. The handling wasn't up to German car standards. Since the Atlas is geared towards the United States buyer and is built in the USA that comes as no surprise. Handling was also uninspiring.

      I liked the shape and style of the Atlas as well. I like an aggressive stance. I love the look of the wide fender flares. Were the Atlas lost us was the cheap looking interior. The plastic wood panels on the dashboard screamed 1980's GM. The door handles were made of hard plastic. No elbow padding no soft touch material. The switches, buttons, and vents looked cheap and felt flimsy. Not what you would expect for a $50,000 truck which is what the top of the line Atlas with out the R-line package goes for. Our salesman had a horrible time trying to figure out how the second row slides to allow access to the third row and fold the seats down flat. The second-row seats did not slide easily at all. Almost like the rails weren't lined up properly. The second and third row seats recline. With all the seats down cargo room is abundant. With the third row down there is still a lot of cargo room and ample room when the third row is in use.

      The Mazda is smaller than the Atlas. It's a great looking SUV/crossover. The front end is wide and aggressive. The sleek lines of the side give it very aero-dynamic feel while still maintaining sharp edges and an aggressive stance.

      There is Lot's of room for the front passengers. Second-row passengers will feel claustrophobic because of the headroom. Legroom is ok if no one is using the third row, otherwise, things can get more tight. However, since second and rows recline that helps. With both rows of seats down the cargo room is sufficient. Third row down is ok. When the third row is up there isn't much room at all. Enough for grocery bags, small to medium luggage. This is where the shape of the Mazda's roof line comes into play. Although it's handsome in style it takes a lot of cargo space away.

      The second and third-row seating operate smoothly and efficiently. Although, it is not as easy to gain entry to the third row as it is in the Atlas because the Mazda is smaller. The seating position of the third row on the Atlas is better than the Mazda. The Mazda makes you feel like you are sitting on the floor. The Atlas third row seats sit higher and are overall more comfortable. The third row in the Atlas can accommodate adults were the Mazda is better suited for children or someone that has flexibility like a Yoga instructor.

      When we test drove the Mazda I did not tell my significant other that the Mazda was a 4cyl turbo-charged engine. I felt the power was fine. She told me that she loved how much pick up it had and when she floored it there was no lack it just went. When I told her it was a 4 cyl she was pleasantly surprised as she has been used to driving 6 and 8 cylinders the past 13 years in our other SUV's.

      It did feel and sound like a Japanese import with the exception of the doors. The doors felt like a high end important when they are opened and closed. They have a great feel of sturdiness and luxury and make a solid sound when pulling them shut not an empty tinny sound like we have become accustomed to from decades of far East imports. The steering was crisp and agile. The ride was smooth and comfortable. I would call the ride stiff compared to the Atlas. But in a good way. It was more sporty than lumbering.

      The top of the line interior of the signature line beautiful The wood and seats feel and look rich. The stitched materials along the Dash and door handles look expensive. The door panels, armrest, switches, and buttons feel nice to the touch. The one thing I did not like was the position of the nav-screen. I hate the placement of it. I despise how all many of the car makers are sticking a tablet like a screen on the top of the dash like it's an afterthought. It actually drives me crazy and ruins an otherwise great looking interior. The top of the line fully loaded CX9 is roughly $45,000.

      My Conclusion: If you need a lot of cargo space and leg room for children and teens the Atlas is the way to go. I would not recommend heavily optioning the Atlas as the bottom of the line up is competitively priced and a fully loaded Atlas just isn't worth the money and the price tag compared to the actual car doesn't match up well and, falls hard below German car maker standards. VW is not trying to compete with Mercedes or BMW. They are competing with the American market car makers and that is hurting their brand.

      The Mazda lives up to it's vroom vroom heritage that is sporty and fun to drive in a handsome looking shell and is perfect for a family of four that doesn't need to utilize the entire third row down and can still haul a decent amount of cargo as well. An entry-level CX9 is an absolute bargain when looking at what comes standard. The top of the line signature at $45,000 is a steal when compared to the Atlas at $50,000. The only thing the Atlas gives you that the Mazda doesn't is ventilated seats.

      I recommend the Mazda.

      about 1 year ago
    • Matt D
      Matt D In reply to TA1199

      Its not a truck you idiot

      about 1 year ago
    • Travel Light
      Travel Light In reply to TA1199

      Great feedback! Not to mention the maintenance expenses. I had VW Passat V6 before with $130 oil changes. Mazda is charging $45 with coupons. I ride a 2016 CX9 AWD sport. Perfectly fine "knock-knock" reliable drive so far over 16K miles.

      about 1 year ago
    • ggolds5
      ggolds5 In reply to TA1199

      Im sold, finally. Thank you for cinching it for me. Also, I would say the VW is likely to not be very reliable and the Mazda to be very reliable.

      about 1 year ago
    • CharlestonCarVideos
      CharlestonCarVideos In reply to TA1199

      Thank you for the feedback. I really enjoyed reading what you had to say this evening. Both cars are amazing vehicles and I like the way you worded your review. This is the exact reason why I love making videos of cars and putting them on YouTube. Its great to learn what others have to say and its helpful info for future car buyers reading this. Thank you again and please feel free to watch other films on my channel. Chad

      about 1 year ago
    • Che Palino
      Che Palino

      4cyl Turbo engine cmon,

      about 1 year ago
    • TA1199
      TA1199 In reply to Che Palino

      It's a great motor. Very quick, fast off the line. No turbo lag. In manual transmission mode the motor sounds sweet in the upper RPM range. Mzda makes great engines.

      about 1 year ago
    • Omar Elias Duran Lantigua
      Omar Elias Duran Lantigua

      Very nice review. Mazda CX-9 is a very reliable SUV. The feeling that you have regarding the handling in curves is because Mazda is more sporty SUV than the Atlas, CX-9 has AWD on demand which mean that is not permanent as the Atlas does. Mazda has more lb/hp than the Atlas also more Torque. Touring TRIM in the CX-9 (which is not the full TRIM) comes with leather and very nice features like Garage Door opener in the mirror, separate A/C modes for passengers and driver, the Atlas is more like plane in the interior, for me lack of basic tech for a 2018 vehicle. Mazda CX-9 is the best option between those two, you receive more for your money, reliability, quality and a lot of tech.

      about 1 year ago
    • 陆迪骁
      陆迪骁

      Waiting for Subaru Asscent! Probably take all the advantages from Atlas and CX9.

      about 1 year ago
    • Spiros Zafiratos
      Spiros Zafiratos In reply to 陆迪骁

      CharlestonCarVideos yea I'm waiting to see the price point and features on the Subaru too! First 8 passenger coming summer 2018. Can't wait. Nothing drives like a Subaru in the snow

      about 1 year ago
    • CharlestonCarVideos
      CharlestonCarVideos In reply to 陆迪骁

      hmm really. I'll have to research that one today. thank you for the feedback.

      about 1 year ago
    • MrBRBG
      MrBRBG

      Cx9 if u like fast driving

      about 1 year ago