2018 Mazda CX-9 vs 2018 Kia Sorento

2018 Mazda CX-9 vs 2018 Kia Sorento

Do you need a three-row SUV with plenty of room for passengers and cargo along with some extra power under the hood, all-wheel drive availability, and some style to top it all off? Maybe our 2018 Mazda CX-9 vs 2018 Kia Sorento comparison can help.

Before we dive into the numbers, let’s take a look at these two models side by side. The Kia Sorento looks dull and bland. Outside of the barely interesting grille, there is nothing notable about this model’s looks. The Mazda CX-9 tells a very different story. Not only is it beautiful and elegant, it also has a style all its own. There’s no mistaking the Mazda CX-9 for anything else. You can click the link below to see our Mazda CX-9 inventory at Royal South Mazda in Bloomington, IN, or you can keep reading to see how these two models compare.

2018 Mazda CX-9


2018 Kia Sorento

7 Standard Seating Capacity 5
250 Standard Horsepower 185
310 Pound-Feet Max Torque 252 Pound-Feet
Available All-Wheel Drive Available

Who makes the best 3-row SUV: Mazda or Kia?

To start off this conversation, we have to talk about the three rows. Despite the standard seating figure above, the Kia Sorento does indeed have three rows with a max seating capacity of 7, but that’s only available on certain trim levels. Several trim levels including the base model only come with 5 passenger seating and some even lack the option for a third-row upgrade. On the other hand, the Mazda CX-9 was built from the ground up as a three-row SUV with seating for 7 passengers at every trim level.

What about power? The Mazda CX-9 wins that conversation too. Not only does it have more horsepower standard, but when it comes to top-end torque, the standard Mazda CX-9 engine delivers far better performance than even the top V6 Kia Sorento engine. When it comes to performance, especially for SUVs, it’s the torque that really matters, and the Mazda CX-9 has all the torque you’ll ever need and then some!

Are you concerned about all-wheel drive? Then don’t be. The Mazda CX-9 offers available all-wheel drive at every trim level, which is actually more than we can say for the Kia Sorento. The Sorento doesn’t even have an all-wheel-drive option on its base model trim.

If you’ve decided that the Mazda CX-9 is the right SUV for you, then Royal South Mazda can help. Come to see us in Bloomington, and let us help you find the perfect Mazda CX-9 model in our inventory today!

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