2020 Dodge Grand Caravan vs. 2020 Mazda CX-9

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Dodge Grand Caravan 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 Mazda CX-9 doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle seat belts.

The Grand Caravan has standard Reactive Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Reactive Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The CX-9 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Compared to metal, the Grand Caravan’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Mazda CX-9 has a metal gas tank.

Both the Grand Caravan and the CX-9 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Dodge Grand Caravan is safer than the Mazda CX-9:

Grand Caravan

CX-9

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Compression

11 lbs.

51 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

130

337

Chest Compression

.5 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

37%

40%

Neck Stress

143 lbs.

183 lbs.

Neck Compression

20 lbs.

165 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Dodge Grand Caravan is safer than the Mazda CX-9:

Grand Caravan

CX-9

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

51

88

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

135

208

Spine Acceleration

54 G’s

54 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

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There are over 4 times as many Dodge dealers as there are Mazda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Grand Caravan’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Grand Caravan has a standard 160-amp alternator. The CX-9’s 110-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Grand Caravan second among minivans in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The CX-9 isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Dodge vehicles are better in initial quality than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Dodge 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 12th, below the industry average.

Engine

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The Grand Caravan’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 33 more horsepower (283 vs. 250) than the CX-9’s 2.5 turbo 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Dodge Grand Caravan uses regular unleaded gasoline. The CX-9 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Grand Caravan has a gallon more fuel capacity than the CX-9 FWD’s standard fuel tank (20 vs. 19 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Grand Caravan’s brake rotors are larger than those on the CX-9:

Grand Caravan

CX-9

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.9 inches

12.8 inches

Suspension and Handling

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The Grand Caravan offers an optional automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The CX-9 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Grand Caravan’s wheelbase is 5.9 inches longer than on the CX-9 (121.2 inches vs. 115.3 inches).

Passenger Space

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The Grand Caravan has 23.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CX-9 (158.6 vs. 135.1).

The Grand Caravan has .5 inches more front headroom, 1.7 inches more front hip room, 5.8 inches more front shoulder room, 7.4 inches more rear hip room, 6.6 inches more rear shoulder room, 2.5 inches more third row headroom, 8 inches more third row legroom, 8.6 inches more third row hip room and 8.9 inches more third row shoulder room than the CX-9.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Grand Caravan’s middle and third row seats recline. The CX-9’s third row seats don’t recline.

Flexibility is maximized at the game, campground or a drive-in theatre in the Grand Caravan when its tailgating rear seats are deployed, allowing people to sit facing out of the liftgate. (Do not use while vehicle is in motion.) The CX-9 doesn’t offer tailgating seats.

Cargo Capacity

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

Grand Caravan

CX-9

Behind Third Seat

31.1 cubic feet

14.4 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

78.9 cubic feet

38.2 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

140.3 cubic feet

71.2 cubic feet

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Grand Caravan easier. The Grand Caravan’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 24 inches, while the CX-9’s liftover is 31.6 inches.

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

Grand Caravan

CX-9

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

24”/58.6”/98.1”

21.4”/49.7”/84.5”

Max Width

69”

57.2”

Min Width

48.8”

40”

Height

46.2”

30.3”

The Grand Caravan has standard Stow ‘n Go™ SE Plus/SXT for the second row, which fold flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The CX-9 doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Grand Caravan. The CX-9 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Mazda CX-9 is limited to 3500 pounds. The Grand Caravan offers up to a 3600 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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The Grand Caravan has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The CX-9 doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

Ergonomics

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The power windows standard on both the Grand Caravan and the CX-9 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Grand Caravan is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The CX-9 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

Consumer Reports rated the Grand Caravan’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the CX-9’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The Grand Caravan offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the third row, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The CX-9 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations

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The Dodge Grand Caravan outsold the Mazda CX-9 by almost five to one during 2019.

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