2020 Mazda CX-9 vs 2020 Kia Telluride 

2020 Mazda CX-9 vs 2020 Kia Telluride

If comfort and safety are priorities for your family, your vehicle search will likely lead you to the Mazda CX-9 full-size SUV. The 7-seat SUV competes beyond its segment with sophisticated styling, quality craftsmanship and impressive technology abound. See how this Mazda favorite competes with the segment’s newest entrant in our 2020 Mazda CX-9 vs 2020 Kia Telluride comparison.

In the battle of the engines, the Telluride packs about 50 more horsepower, but the CX-9 leads in torque by about 60 lb-ft. The Mazda CX-9 SUV is the faster of the two, jumping from 0 to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds. The Telluride makes the sprint in 7.1 seconds. Check out the table below for a quick summary of some key differences.

2020 Mazda CX-9 


2020 Kia Telluride 

$33,790  Starting MSRP  $31,690 
2.5-liter SKYACTIV®-G turbocharged inline-4  Base Engine  3.8-liter DOHC V6 
250 hp, 310 lb-ft  Performance Ratings  291 hp, 262 lb-ft 
22 city/28 hwy/24 combined  Fuel Economy  20 city/26 hwy/23 combined 

Comparing the Safety Features of the 2020 Mazda CX-9 and 2020 Kia Telluride 

There’s more to see in the rivalry between the 2020 Mazda CX-9 and the 2020 Kia Telluride. The Telluride packs a bit more interior space, but the CX-9 upgrades to a more advanced suite of standard equipment.

Both the Mazda CX-9 and the Kia Telluride have standard forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, radar cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-path monitoring, lane departure warning and lane-keep assist. The CX-9 also comes equipped with standard automatic high beams and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

Offering exceptional nighttime visibility with the available Adaptive Front-lighting System, the 2020 Mazda CX-9 earns the “Top Safety Pick+” designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. That’s the highest denomination offered by the institute. IIHS headlight quality ratings for the 2020 Kia Telluride range from Poor to Acceptable.

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