2020 Mazda CX-9 vs 2020 Kia Sorento 

2020 Mazda CX-9 vs 2020 Kia Sorento

In the realm of midsize SUVs, it doesn’t get much better than the Mazda CX-9. The acclaimed 7-seater SUV boasts impressive turbo power, smooth handling and an exceptional grade of interior refinement. A range of SKYACTIV® technologies coalesce to create a memorable driving experience from even the shortest commutes.

Few other family non-luxury entries can deliver the same premium experience, but they sure do try. Keep reading to see just how Kia’s midsize entry keeps up in our 2020 Mazda CX-9 vs 2020 Kia Sorento comparison, or check out the Mazda CX-9 in our inventory at Gwatney Mazda.

2020 Mazda CX-9 


2020 Kia Sorento 

$33,790  Starting MSRP  $26,990

2.5-liter turbocharged inline-4
250 hp, 320 lb-ft

Base Engine 

2.4-liter inline-4
185 hp, 178 lb-ft

14.4 cubic feet  Cargo Volume  11.3 cubic feet 
3,500 lbs.  Towing Capacity  2,000 lbs. 

Highlights and Advantages of the 2020 Mazda CX-9 

If you’ve set your sights on a hefty pack of driver assistance features, this is a no-brainer. All Mazda CX-9 models come equipped with a full suite of active safety technologies, including blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, lane-departure warning with lane-keep assist and adaptive cruise control. On the Kia Sorento, you won’t find any of these features without an extra investment.

Whether you’re loading in your cargo or pulling it behind, the 2020 Mazda CX-9 comes better equipped to take on your most challenging hauls. With 14.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat, the Mazda CX-9 offers plenty of space to store luggage, groceries and gear with ease. The Kia Sorento measures in about 3.0 cubic feet shorter with 11.3 cubic feet to show.

The base-level towing capacity of the Mazda CX-9 is also notably higher, reaching 3,500 lbs. compared to the Sorento’s 2,000-lb. standard tow rating.

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