2019 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2019 Land Rover Discovery

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the CX-9 and the Discovery 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, 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 Discovery has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

Mazda’s powertrain warranty covers the CX-9 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Land Rover covers the Discovery. 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 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.

Reliability

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.

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.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the CX-9 AWD gets better fuel mileage than the S.C. V6 (20 city/26 hwy vs. 16 city/21 hwy).

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

Brakes and Stopping

The CX-9 stops much shorter than the Discovery:

 

CX-9

Discovery

 

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

143 feet

148 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the CX-9 has larger tires than the Discovery (255/60R18 vs. 235/65R19).

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 Discovery’s standard 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The CX-9 Signature AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the Discovery HSE Luxury pulls only .69 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The CX-9 Signature AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.5 seconds quicker than the Discovery HSE (26.7 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 29.2 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the CX-9’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Discovery’s (38.8 feet vs. 40.4 feet).

For greater off-road capability the CX-9 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Discovery (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 550 pounds less than the Land Rover Discovery.

Passenger Space

The CX-9 has 2 inches more front legroom, 1.8 inches more rear legroom, 1.7 inches more rear hip room and 5.9 inches more third row shoulder room than the Discovery.

Cargo Capacity

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

 

CX-9

Discovery

Behind Third Seat

14.4 cubic feet

11.8 cubic feet

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

 

CX-9

Discovery

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

21.4”/49.7”/84.5”

11.8”/44.1”/77.3”

Max Width

57.2”

55.6”

Min Width

40”

39.3”

Height

30.3”

37”

Ergonomics

The CX-9 offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Discovery doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Model Availability

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

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Mazda CX-9, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Land Rover Discovery isn't recommended.

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

The Mazda CX-9 outsold the Land Rover Discovery by almost three to one during 2018.

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