2019 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2019 BMW X7

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the CX-9 and the X7 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CX-9 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 62 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The X7 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

Mazda’s powertrain warranty covers the CX-9 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the X7. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the X7 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 69 percent more Mazda dealers than there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the CX-9’s warranty.

Reliability

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mazda third in reliability. BMW is ranked 8th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the CX-9 AWD gets better fuel mileage than the X7 xDrive40i (20 city/26 hwy vs. 20 city/25 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Mazda CX-9 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The X7 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the CX-9’s turning circle is 4 feet tighter than the X7’s (38.8 feet vs. 42.8 feet).

For greater off-road capability the CX-9 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the X7 (8.8 vs. 8.7 inches), allowing the CX-9 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Mazda CX-9 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1150 to 1250 pounds less than the BMW X7.

The CX-9 is 3.9 inches shorter than the X7, making the CX-9 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The CX-9 has 1.2 inches more front legroom, 1.8 inches more rear legroom and 5.2 inches more third row shoulder room than the X7.

Cargo Capacity

The CX-9’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The X7’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

Model Availability

The CX-9 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The X7 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Mazda CX-9, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The CX-9 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 4 of the last 12 years. The X7 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

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