2019 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2020 Hyundai Palisade

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the CX-9 and the Palisade 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, 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 88 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Palisade has not been tested, yet.

Reliability

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mazda third in reliability. Hyundai is ranked 10th.

Engine

The CX-9’s 2.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 48 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs. 262) than the Palisade’s 3.8 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

CX-9

FWD

2.5 Turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

AWD

2.5 Turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/26 hwy

Palisade

FWD

3.8 DOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy

AWD

3.8 DOHC V6

19 city/24 hwy

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the CX-9 has larger tires than the Palisade (255/60R18 vs. 245/60R18).

Suspension and Handling

The CX-9 has variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Palisade doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

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

For greater off-road capability the CX-9 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Palisade (8.8 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the CX-9 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Cargo Capacity

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

CX-9

Palisade

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

21.4”/49.7”/84.5”

20.8”/49”/82.5”

Max Width

57.2”

53.7”

Min Width

40”

43.4”

Height

30.3”

30.5”

Ergonomics

The CX-9’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Palisade’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

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 Palisade doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The CX-9 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Palisade SEL/Limited.

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

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