2020 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2019 Lincoln MKT

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Safety

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The CX-9 has standard Smart City Brake Support, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The MKT offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The Mazda CX-9 has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The MKT doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The CX-9 Grand Touring/Signature has a standard 360° View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The MKT only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the CX-9 and the MKT have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and available all-wheel drive.

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 106 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The MKT was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2016.

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 Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mazda second in reliability. Lincoln is ranked 15th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the CX-9 AWD gets better fuel mileage than the MKT (20 city/26 hwy vs. 15 city/21 hwy).

The CX-9 AWD’s standard fuel tank has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the MKT (19.5 vs. 18.6 gallons).

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the CX-9 has larger tires than the MKT (255/60R18 vs. 235/55R19).

Suspension and Handling

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The CX-9 Signature AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the MKT pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The CX-9 Signature AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2 seconds quicker than the MKT (26.7 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.7 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the CX-9’s turning circle is 2.7 feet tighter than the MKT AWD’s (38.8 feet vs. 41.5 feet).

Chassis

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The Mazda CX-9 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 700 pounds less than the Lincoln MKT.

The CX-9 is 8.2 inches shorter than the MKT, making the CX-9 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The CX-9 has 1 inch more front hip room, 1.5 inches more rear hip room, 1.9 inches more third row headroom and 4 inches more third row shoulder room than the MKT.

Cargo Capacity

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To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the CX-9’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The MKT 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 CX-9’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the MKT’s (3500 vs. 2000 pounds).

Ergonomics

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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 MKT doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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

The CX-9 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The MKT doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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

Model Availability

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

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the CX-9 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the CX-9 will cost $510 to $1515 less than the MKT over a five-year period.

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 MKT only retains 39.43% to 39.89%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mazda CX-9 will be $10127 to $16508 less than for the Lincoln MKT.

Recommendations

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

The Mazda CX-9 outsold the Lincoln MKT by over seven to one during the 2019 model year.

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