2020 Hyundai Palisade vs. 2019 Mazda CX-9

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Safety

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In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Palisade are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The CX-9 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Palisade’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The CX-9 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Compared to metal, the Palisade’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 Palisade 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Palisade its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 54 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The CX-9 is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2019.

Warranty

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The Palisade comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The CX-9’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Palisade 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Mazda covers the CX-9. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the CX-9 ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Palisade’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the CX-9’s (7 vs. 5 years).

There are over 44 percent more Hyundai dealers than there are Mazda dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Palisade’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 12th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 35 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 21st.

Engine

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The Palisade’s 3.8 DOHC V6 produces 41 more horsepower (291 vs. 250) than the CX-9’s 2.5 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Hyundai Palisade is faster than the Mazda CX-9:

Palisade

CX-9

Zero to 30 MPH

2.5 sec

2.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.1 sec

7.5 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

11.3 sec

13.4 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.7 sec

4.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15.3 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89.1 MPH

87.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Hyundai Palisade, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the CX-9.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Palisade

CX-9

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

12.6 inches

The Palisade stops shorter than the CX-9:

Palisade

CX-9

60 to 0 MPH

129 feet

130 feet

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Suspension and Handling

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The Palisade 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 better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Palisade is 1.9 inches wider in the front and 2.4 inches wider in the rear than on the CX-9.

Chassis

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The Palisade is 3.3 inches shorter than the CX-9, making the Palisade easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Palisade has standard seating for 8 passengers; the CX-9 can only carry 7.

The Palisade has 1.4 inches more front headroom, 3.1 inches more front legroom, 1.4 inches more front hip room, 3.3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.6 inches more rear headroom, 3 inches more rear legroom, .3 inches more rear hip room, 2.7 inches more rear shoulder room, 2.4 inches more third row headroom, 1.7 inches more third row legroom, 3.6 inches more third row hip room and 2.1 inches more third row shoulder room than the CX-9.

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

Cargo Capacity

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

Palisade

CX-9

Behind Third Seat

18 cubic feet

14.4 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

45.8 cubic feet

38.2 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

86.4 cubic feet

71.2 cubic feet

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Palisade easier. The Palisade’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 29.6 inches, while the CX-9’s liftover is 31.6 inches.

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Palisade’s second and third row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The CX-9 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just waiting momentarily behind the back bumper can open the Palisade’s liftgate, leaving your hands completely free. The CX-9 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Towing

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The Palisade’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the CX-9’s (5000 vs. 3500 pounds).

Ergonomics

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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 Palisade’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the CX-9’s headlights are rated “Acceptable” to “Marginal.”

The Palisade has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The CX-9 only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

The Palisade’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Mazda charges extra for heated mirrors on the CX-9.

Optional air conditioned the front and second row seats keep the Palisade’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The CX-9 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats for the second row.

The Palisade offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, 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.

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