2020 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2020 Cadillac XT6

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Safety

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Both the CX-9 and the XT6 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, 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 front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CX-9 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 86 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The XT6 is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2019.

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 XT6.

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 Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mazda 12th in initial quality. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 17th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mazda 21st in reliability. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 23rd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mazda second in reliability. Cadillac is ranked 30th.

Engine

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The CX-9’s 2.5 turbo 4-cylinder produces 49 lbs.-ft. more torque (320 vs. 271) than the XT6’s 3.6 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the CX-9 gets better fuel mileage than the XT6:

MPG

CX-9

FWD

2.5 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

AWD

2.5 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/26 hwy

XT6

FWD

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/25 hwy

AWD

3.6 DOHC V6

17 city/24 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

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The CX-9 stops much shorter than the XT6:

CX-9

XT6

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the CX-9 has larger tires than the XT6 (255/60R18 vs. 235/55R20).

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the CX-9’s wheelbase is 2.6 inches longer than on the XT6 (115.3 inches vs. 112.7 inches).

The CX-9 Signature AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the XT6 Sport AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The CX-9 Signature AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the XT6 Sport AWD (26.7 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 27.2 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the CX-9 has a 2.15 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the XT6 (8.8 vs. 6.65 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 200 to 300 pounds less than the Cadillac XT6.

Passenger Space

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The CX-9 has 6.6 inches more front hip room, .3 inches more rear legroom, 1.7 inches more rear hip room, .7 inches more rear shoulder room, .2 inches more third row legroom and .6 inches more third row hip room than the XT6.

Cargo Capacity

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The CX-9’s cargo area provides more volume than the XT6.

CX-9

XT6

Behind Third Seat

14.4 cubic feet

12.6 cubic feet

Towing

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The CX-9’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the XT6’s (3500 vs. 1000 pounds).

Ergonomics

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The CX-9’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The XT6’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

Consumer Reports rated the CX-9’s headlight performance “Fair,” a higher rating than the XT6’s headlights, which were rated “Poor.”

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 headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the XT6’s headlights are rated “Acceptable.”

The XT6’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The CX-9 Grand Touring/Signature’s standard adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the CX-9 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The XT6 doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Mazda CX-9, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Cadillac XT6 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 XT6 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

The Mazda CX-9 outsold the Cadillac XT6 by over two to one during 2019.

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