2018 Mazda CX-9 vs 2018 Kia Sorento

2018 Mazda CX-9 vs 2018 Kia Sorento

Hunting for the perfect SUV for you and your family? You are probably looking at a variety of SUV options with third rows and seating for seven. With our 2018 Mazda CX-9 vs 2018 Kia Sorento comparison, we may be able to narrow that down a little.

Here we will discuss everything from comfort and capacity to performance and capability. First though, we would like to take a look at the physical appearance of these two models. For starters, the Mazda CX-9 is stylish and elegant, but the Sorento is very different. With its boxy appearance and dull lines, this Kia model is utterly boring. Looks may not be everything, but if they were, we know which one we would pick. Take a look at the Bill Gatton Mazda of Johnson City inventory of new Mazda CX-9 models below or keep reading to learn more!

2018 Mazda CX-9


2018 Kia Sorento

310 Pound-Feet Max Torque 252 Pound-Feet
Standard Automatic Climate Control Available
7 Standard Passenger Capacity 5 Standard 7 Available
Available All-Wheel Drive Available

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When you get to SUVs this size, the battle of power really comes down to torque. With the expert engine designers at Mazda, they can squeeze a surprising amount of torque out of an engine. When it comes to the standard 250 horsepower engine that lies under the hood of the 2018 Mazda CX-9, you have 310 pound-feet of torque at your disposal.

Keep in mind that this engine comes standard even on the base Mazda CX-9. For comparison, the base model Sorento only offers an engine that delivers 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. With the Mazda CX-9, you will always have the power you need.

Comfort is another question, but there again, the Mazda CX-9 provides with an automotive climate control system that comes standard at every trim level. You have to go up four trim levels in the Sorento lineup before automatic climate control becomes standard.

With an SUV as big and bulky as the Sorento, you may assume that the third row is standard. Think again. If you want third-row seats in the Sorento, then you have to choose wisely, nearly half the trim levels don’t have it The third-row seats that give the Mazda CX-9 a seating capacity of 7, come standard at every trim level.

If all-wheel drive is a necessity, then both models can provide. However, the base model Sorento leaves this feature entirely absent, so be mindful of that. In the end, the Mazda CX-9 no doubt looks more attractive. If you want to explore your options, then come down to Bill Gatton Mazda of Johnson City, and let us help you find your perfect Mazda in Johnson City.

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