2019 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Mazda CX-9 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Land Rover Discovery Sport doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the CX-9 and the Discovery Sport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, 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 Discovery Sport has not been tested, yet.


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

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


A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the CX-9’s reliability 61 points higher than the Discovery Sport.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mazda vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mazda 22nd in initial quality. With 60 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 31st.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mazda 14th in reliability. With 60 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.


The CX-9’s 2.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 13 more horsepower (250 vs. 237) and 59 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs. 251) than the Discovery Sport’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The CX-9’s 2.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs. 295) than the Discovery Sport’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Mazda CX-9 is faster than the Land Rover Discovery Sport (base engine):



Discovery Sport

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

7.9 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86.1 MPH

85.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

The CX-9 AWD’s standard fuel tank has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Discovery Sport (19.5 vs. 18.5 gallons).

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the CX-9 has larger tires than the Discovery Sport (255/60R18 vs. 235/60R18). The CX-9 Sport/Touring’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Discovery Sport (255/60R18 vs. 245/45R20).

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the CX-9’s wheelbase is 7.4 inches longer than on the Discovery Sport (115.3 inches vs. 107.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the CX-9 is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than on the Discovery Sport.

The CX-9 Signature AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Discovery Sport HSE (26.7 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 27.4 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the CX-9 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Discovery Sport (8.8 vs. 8.3 inches), allowing the CX-9 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

The CX-9 has .5 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear legroom and 1.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Discovery Sport.

Cargo Capacity

The CX-9’s cargo area provides more volume than the Discovery Sport.



Discovery Sport

Behind Third Seat

14.4 cubic feet

6.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

38.2 cubic feet


Third Seat Removed


34.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

71.2 cubic feet

62.8 cubic feet

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



Discovery Sport

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



Max Width



Min Width







To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the CX-9 has standard extendable sun visors. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Model Availability

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


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 Discovery Sport has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

The Mazda CX-9 outsold the Land Rover Discovery Sport by over two to one during 2018.

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