2019 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2019 Infiniti QX60

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the CX-9 and the QX60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, 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 all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CX-9 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 86 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The QX60 was a “Top Pick” for 2017, but no longer qualifies under the tighter 2018 guidelines.

Warranty

There are almost 3 times as many Mazda dealers as there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the CX-9’s warranty.

Engine

The CX-9’s 2.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 40 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs. 270) than the QX60’s 3.5 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the CX-9 gets better fuel mileage than the QX60:

 

 

CX-9

QX60

 

2WD

2.5 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

22 city/28 hwy

20 city/27 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

4WD

2.5 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

20 city/26 hwy

19 city/26 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

Brakes and Stopping

The CX-9 stops shorter than the QX60:

 

CX-9

QX60

 

70 to 0 MPH

178 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the CX-9 has larger tires than the QX60 (255/60R18 vs. 235/65R18).

The CX-9 Sport/Touring’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the QX60’s standard 65 series tires. The CX-9 Grand Touring/Signature’s tires have a lower 50 series profile than the QX60 Luxe’s optional 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the CX-9’s wheelbase is 1.1 inches longer than on the QX60 (115.3 inches vs. 114.2 inches).

The CX-9’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (54.7% to 45.3%) than the QX60’s (56.4% to 43.6%). This gives the CX-9 more stable handling and braking.

The CX-9 Signature AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the QX60 AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The CX-9 Signature AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.6 seconds quicker than the QX60 AWD (26.7 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 29.3 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the CX-9 has a 2.3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the QX60 (8.8 vs. 6.5 inches), allowing the CX-9 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

The CX-9 has .3 inches more rear headroom and 1.6 inches more rear hip room than the QX60.

Cargo Capacity

The CX-9’s cargo area is larger than the QX60’s in almost every dimension:

 

CX-9

QX60

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

21.4”/49.7”/84.5”

20.7”/45”/78.5”

Max Width

57.2”

50”

Ergonomics

The CX-9 Grand Touring/Signature has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The QX60 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The CX-9’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the QX60’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the CX-9 Grand Touring/Signature has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The QX60 doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Standard Mazda Connect for the CX-9 allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, following twitter accounts and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The QX60 doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CX-9 is less expensive to operate than the QX60 because it costs $297 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the CX-9 than the QX60, including $97 less for a muffler, $174 less for a starter, $180 less for fuel injection, $37 less for front struts and $595 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

The CX-9 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 3 of the last 11 years. The QX60 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

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