2020 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2020 BMW X7

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Mazda CX-9 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 BMW X7 doesn’t offer height-adjustable front seat belts.

Both the CX-9 and the X7 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available all wheel drive and around view monitors.

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 vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its standard headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CX-9 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2020, a rating granted to only 31 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The X7 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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Mazda’s powertrain warranty covers the CX-9 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the X7. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the X7 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 59 percent more Mazda dealers than there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the CX-9’s warranty.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the CX-9’s reliability 77 points higher than the X7.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mazda vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mazda 12th in initial quality. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 20th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mazda second in reliability. BMW is ranked 17th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the CX-9 gets better fuel mileage than the X7:

MPG

CX-9

FWD

2.5 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

AWD

2.5 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/26 hwy

X7

AWD

xDrive 40i 3.0 turbo 6-cyl.

20 city/25 hwy

xDrive50i 4.4 turbo V8

15 city/21 hwy

M50i 4.4 turbo V8

15 city/21 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Mazda CX-9 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The X7 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping

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The CX-9 stops much shorter than the X7:

CX-9

X7

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

140 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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The CX-9 Signature AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the X7 xDrive50i pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The CX-9 Signature AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the X7 xDrive40i (26.7 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .66 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the CX-9’s turning circle is 4 feet tighter than the X7’s (38.8 feet vs. 42.8 feet).

For greater off-road capability the CX-9 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the X7 (8.8 vs. 8.7 inches), allowing the CX-9 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Mazda CX-9 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1150 to 1250 pounds less than the BMW X7.

The CX-9 is 3.9 inches shorter than the X7, making the CX-9 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The CX-9 has 1.2 inches more front legroom, 1.8 inches more rear legroom and 5.2 inches more third row shoulder room than the X7.

The front step up height for the CX-9 is 1.7 inches lower than the X7 (18.3” vs. 20”). The CX-9’s rear step up height is 1.7 inches lower than the X7’s (18.8” vs. 20.5”).

Cargo Capacity

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The CX-9’s cargo area is larger than the X7’s in almost every dimension:

CX-9

X7

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

21.4”/49.7”/84.5”

18.5”/45”/81.5”

Max Width

57.2”

48”

Min Width

40”

43.5”

Height

30.3”

32”

The CX-9’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The X7’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

Ergonomics

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To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the CX-9 has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the X7 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Model Availability

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The CX-9 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The X7 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 $5920 to $8475 less than the X7 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 X7 only retains 37.87% to 40.24%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mazda CX-9 will be $43758 to $55901 less than for the BMW X7.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Mazda CX-9, based on reliability, safety and performance. The BMW X7 isn't recommended.

The CX-9 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 4 of the last 13 years. The X7 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

The Mazda CX-9 outsold the BMW X7 by 25% during 2019.

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