2018 Mazda CX-9 vs 2018 Kia Sorento

2018 Mazda CX-9 vs 2018 Kia Sorento

Have you been kicking around the idea of upgrading your current vehicle to a more spacious SUV but have been procrastinating because the idea of filling up your gas tank more often than you already do has you weak in the knees and the wallet as well? Then take a look at the stylish, spacious and best of all efficient 2018 Mazda CX-9 and 2018 Kia Sorento. These two SUVs offer sleek and sporty exterior allure, along with a comfortable and tech savvy interior too. You have noticed them on the street and now and it is time to get up close and personal with the differences and similarities between the 2018 Mazda CX-9 and the 2018 Kia Sorento.

2018 Mazda CX-9


2018 Kia Sorento

2.5L 16-valve Turbo 4-cylinder Standard Engine 2.4L 16-valve I4
227 Horsepower 185
310 lb-ft Torque 178 lb-ft
22 city/28 hwy mpg Fuel Economy 21 city/28 hwy mpg

Decide Between the 2018 Mazda CX-9 & the 2018 Kia Sorento

The chart above paints a pretty clear picture of the standard drivetrain differences between the 2018 Mazda CX-9 and the 2018 Kia Sorento, however the 2018 Sorento does offer more than just the standard engine while the 2018 Mazda CX-9 does not. The 2018 Kia Sorento provides a 3.3L V6 engine and a 2.0L Turbocharged I-4 engine. Unfortunately, both of these engines only deliver slightly more horsepower than the 2018 Mazda CX-9’s engine and still don’t deliver the torque that it does. On top of the paltry improvements to power, the 2018 Sorento’s engine upgrades also pale in comparison to the fuel efficiency of the 2018 Mazda CX-9’s engine. The 2018 Kia Sorento offers seven trim levels to chip away at your budget, while the 2018 Mazda CX-9 only has four frugal options. All trim levels of the 2018 Mazda CX-9 and 2018 Sorento have All-Wheel Drive (AWD) available, but AWD comes standard on the Mazda CX-9 Signature edition and doesn’t come standard on any trim level of the 2018 Sorento. Other standard features of the 2018 Mazda CX-9 that aren’t available on any trim level of the 2018 Kia Sorento include: Three-Zone Automatic Climate Control, Remote Keyless Entry w/ “answer back”, cargo area with storage boxes and under-floor storage, and three USB ports. With a more powerful and efficient standard engine, more budget-friendly standard options, and features that that the 2018 Kia Sorento doesn’t even offer, the 2018 Mazda CX-9 cruises into the winner circle and leaves the Sorento making up laps.

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