2021 Mazda CX-9 vs 2021 Kia Telluride 

2021 Mazda CX-9 vs 2021 Kia Telluride

The Kia Telluride is the brand’s biggest and most ambitious SUV yet. At the top of Mazda’s roster, the Mazda CX-9 is in good position to give crossover shoppers a reason to choose otherwise. In this model comparison we explore some of the most telling factors that drivers consider when choosing between the 2021 Mazda CX-9 and the 2021 Kia Telluride.

The comparison table below offer a quick summary of differences that drivers cross shopping the two lineups should consider before making the dive unto a new three-row crossover.

2021 Mazda CX-9


2021 Kia Telluride

$33,960 Starting MSRP $31,990
22 city /28 hwy mpg Fuel Economy 20 city /26 hwy mpg
2.5-liter turbocharged I4 Base Engine 3.8-liter V6
10.3-inch display Infotainment System 8- or 10.25-inch display

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The 2021 Kia Telluride may be backed by a 3.8-liter V6, but the Mazda CX-9's turbocharged SKYACTIV® engine demonstrates equally satisfying performance. And with 320 lb-ft of torque at a low 2,800 rpm, the CX-9 has the muscle to move quickly and passes even faster at highway speeds. Top it off with buttery cornering abilities and the 2021 Mazda CX-9 has the clear advantage in driving ability.

New this year to the Mazda CX-9, the standard 10.25-inch display and the updated interface is notably larger than the Kia Telluride’s 8-inch screen. Even the Telluride’s own optional 10.25-inch display is underwhelming in comparison. The interior of the 2021 Mazda CX-9 continues to dominate in other facets, providing above-class features and elements at a price that’s low enough to compete with the more mainstream Telluride.

Both crossovers come packed with standard safety-enhancing features like automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert—but only the Mazda CX-9 offers standard automatic high beams and pedestrian detection. We invite you to speak with a team member here at Gwatney Mazda for more information on the 2021 Mazda CX-9 in Memphis, TN.

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