2020 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL

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Safety

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Both the CX-9 and the Santa Fe XL 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 all-wheel drive and around view monitors.

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

CX-9

Santa Fe XL

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

26%

34%

Neck Stress

309 lbs.

375 lbs.

Neck Compression

51 lbs.

103 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

40%

53%

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 and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Mazda CX-9 is safer than the Hyundai Santa Fe XL:

CX-9

Santa Fe XL

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

88

96

Chest Movement

.4 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

98 G’s

147 G’s

Hip Force

195 lbs.

339 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

249

267

Spine Acceleration

35 G’s

48 G’s

Hip Force

553 lbs.

612 lbs.

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

Reliability

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From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mazda second in reliability. Hyundai is ranked 6th.

Engine

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The CX-9’s 2.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 68 lbs.-ft. more torque (320 vs. 252) than the Santa Fe XL’s 3.3 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the CX-9 gets better fuel mileage than the Santa Fe XL:

CX-9

Santa Fe XL

2WD

2.5 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

22 city/28 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

3.3 V6/Auto

n/a

18 city/23 hwy

3.3 V6/Auto

4WD

2.5 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

20 city/26 hwy

18 city/24 hwy

3.3 V6/Auto

n/a

17 city/22 hwy

3.3 V6/Auto

Brakes and Stopping

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The CX-9 stops shorter than the Santa Fe XL:

CX-9

Santa Fe XL

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the CX-9 has larger tires than the Santa Fe XL (255/60R18 vs. 235/60R18).

The CX-9 Grand Touring/Signature’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Santa Fe XL Ultimate’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the CX-9 Grand Touring/Signature has standard 20-inch wheels. The Santa Fe XL’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the CX-9’s wheelbase is 5.1 inches longer than on the Santa Fe XL (115.3 inches vs. 110.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the CX-9 is 1.2 inches wider in the front and .7 inches wider in the rear than on the Santa Fe XL.

The CX-9 Signature AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the Santa Fe XL AWD pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The CX-9 Signature AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.7 seconds quicker than the Santa Fe XL AWD (26.7 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Cargo Capacity

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The CX-9’s cargo area provides more volume than the Santa Fe XL.

CX-9

Santa Fe XL

Behind Third Seat

14.4 cubic feet

13.5 cubic feet

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

CX-9

Santa Fe XL

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

21.4”/49.7”/84.5”

17.6”/47”/84”

Max Width

57.2”

50.7”

Min Width

40”

44”

Height

30.3”

n/a

Ergonomics

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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 Santa Fe XL doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The CX-9 Grand Touring/Signature has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Santa Fe XL doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The CX-9’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch. The Santa Fe XL

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 Santa Fe XL’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The CX-9’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Santa Fe XL’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Economic Advantages

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The CX-9 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the CX-9 will retain 40.78% to 94.55% of its original price after five years, while the Santa Fe XL only retains 44.15% to 45.38%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CX-9 is less expensive to operate than the Santa Fe XL because it costs $182 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the CX-9 than the Santa Fe XL, including $29 less for fuel injection, $174 less for a timing belt/chain and $213 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Mazda CX-9 and the Hyundai Santa Fe XL, 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 Santa Fe XL has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

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