I absolutely enjoyed my anniversary with a 2019 Mazda CX-9 Signature edition, so abundant so that aback a 2020 Kia Telluride SX accustomed the anniversary after, with a attending that reminded me of the antecedent ride, I absitively to do article that has never been done afore in this space: analyze two new vehicles.
The top-of-the-line amid the CX-9s—Mazda additionally has Sport, Sport All-Wheel-Drive, Touring, Touring AWD, Grand Touring and Grand Touring AWD trims—the Signature is an SUV with AWD, a six-speed automated manual and a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder, turbo agent that generates 227 application at 5,000 rpm. Its towing accommodation is 3,500 pounds.
The SX AWD acme the Telluride trims—Kia additionally has LX, LX AWD, S, S AWD, EX, EX AWD and SX—with the SUV’s 3.8-liter, six-cylinder, Gas Direct Injection agent blame out 291 hp at 6,000 rpm. The eight-speed automatic’s towing accommodation is 5,000 lbs.
Both collection actual well. I’m commonly asked to name my admired agent of all I accept driven, and I chase up with a catechism about what the asker is attractive for. (EV? SUV? Sedan? Sports car? Monster truck?) What I consistently acknowledgment is, of all the makes, Mazda impresses me most. They are consistently such a amusement to drive, and you anon amount out that they are engineered that way. And yet I don’t own one. Go figure.
Here is a actual estimated altitude of the two vehicles: No one in my neighborhood, appointment parking lot or the beggarly streets of Orange County approached me about the CX-9. But I had bodies ample out of the woodwork to analyze about the Telluride–more than with any added Ride Me ride. Heck, added than with my pimped out 1974 Cadillac El Dorado convertible that now belongs to a assertive Los Angeles Times scribe. With that one, bodies would drive up abutting to me at stop lights and ask how abundant I’d advertise it for. I was not alone accepting “How much?” for the Kia but “What is that?”; “Is it a 2020?” and “Is that a Mercedes?”
Talk is cheap. Afterwards aloof one day with the Telluride, I allegation acknowledge that I let it slip, “I anticipate I like this bigger than the CX-9.” Perhaps that is not fair accustomed the allegory of a four-cylinder to a V6. The Telluride feels actual solid alike though, aback it comes to barrier weight, its 4,354 lbs. to the CX-9’s 4,383 lbs.
Both handled actual able-bodied about the curves and up the hills and were affluence able demography off from a asleep stop to freeway speeds. The CX-9 gets the bend in gas mileage, with the government appraisement it at 20 afar per gallon in the city, 26 mpg on the artery and 23 mpg combined. The Telluride is at 19 mpg in the city, 24 mpg on the artery and 21 mpg combined. Its anniversary ammunition amount of $1,950 is $300 added than the CX-9’s.
On the EPA’s Ammunition Economy and Greenhouse Gas Rating, on a 1-10 calibration with 10 actuality best, the CX-9 beats the Telluride 5 to 4, but the billow appraisement has the Kia at 5 and the Mazda at 3. No Government 5-Star Assurance Ratings abstracts was accessible yet on the 2020 Kia. The 2019 Mazda got a bristles out of bristles stars overall, which included fives for avant-garde bench and rear bench ancillary crashes and fours for rollover and disciplinarian and commuter aboveboard crash.
When it came to sliding into the driver’s seats my anatomy type–I can’t advice it, I’M BIG BONED!–it was awkward titling my arch to get through the aperture aperture and I kept arena with the bench adjuster to acquisition the absolute position in the CX-9. I encountered no such issues with the Telluride. Each seats seven, although the CX-9 has a bench-style, three-seater additional row and the Telluride has two captain’s chairs, which do accomplish it easier to get to the three fold-down, third-row seats in the actual back. The driver’s bench in the Mazda has ability with lumbar and anamnesis for two positions, and both avant-garde seats can be heated. The Kia’s 12-way powered avant-garde seats can be acrimonious and ventilated, as can the second-row seats as allotment of the $2,000 SX Prestige Amalgamation on the tester.
That Kia amalgamation additionally includes a head-up affectation and 110-volt inverter, Nappa accoutrement bench trim, exceptional bolt amateur and sun visors and rain-sensing windshield wipers, the closing of which is included at no added allegation on the CX-9. The alone another accessories on my CX-9 tester were the burden mat ($100), aflame doorsill trim plates ($575) and the apparatus gray acrylic job ($300). Nothing added was listed for the Telluride’s Dark Moss atramentous covering, but carpeted attic mats and burden mat with bench aback aegis were $210 and $115 respectively.
These analysis cartage appear loaded, and the Kia and Mazda were appealing agnate aback it came to actuality overstuffed with goodies. Both had: keyless entry; advance button starts; 20-inch admixture wheels; ability lift gates; avant-garde cruise control; adherence ascendancy features; LED headlights and fog lamps; ability folding and acrimonious alfresco mirrors; bifold front, avant-garde side-impact and ancillary blind airbags; ability moonroof (as Mazda calls it; Kia says “sunroof”); rear appearance cameras and surround/360-degree monitors; leather-trimmed interiors (black on the Telluride, chestnut on the CX-9); and assurance alerts, sensors and warnings for altered active and parking scenarios.
The Telluride has a 10-inch blush touchscreen abreast birr controls for the Harmon/Kardon audio system, while the CX-9 has an 8-inch blush touchscreen and Bose complete system. Both cartage audio systems can additionally be controlled on their council wheels. The Mazda has a rear roof addle-brain and shark-fin antennae. The Telluride has these accepted appearance the CX-9 does not: wireless buzz charging; ancillary window curtains; acrimonious council wheel; and anchored bottle rear sunroof.
The abject amount on the CX-9 is $45,365 while the Telluride is $43,490. Adding in the corresponding account and fees, the Kia still comes out beneath expensive, $46,806 versus $47,385.
Mazda offers a 60-month/60,000-mile (whichever comes first) powertrain assurance and 36 months/36,000 afar bumper-to-bumper with 24-hour roadside assistance.
Kia’s is 10 years/100,000 afar on the powertrain (limited) and bristles years/60,000 afar for the basal assurance and roadside assistance.
Even after the amount and assurance differences, and I can’t accept I’m autograph this accustomed my overwhelmingly absolute angle of Mazdas (including the CX-9 I tested), arch to arch I accept to go with the Telluride.
But as the ol’ car journo adage goes, I would not bang the CX-9 out of the bed.
OC Weekly Editor-in-Chief Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and absorbing readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent the aboriginal 13 years of his career in journalism at circadian newspapers afore “graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as the another newsweekly’s aboriginal agenda editor.
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