2020 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2020 Dodge Durango

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Safety

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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 Durango 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 Durango 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, rearview cameras and available all wheel drive.

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 Dodge Durango:

CX-9

Durango

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

26%

34%

Leg Forces (l/r)

107/424 lbs.

427/350 lbs.

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

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Mazda CX-9 is safer than the Durango:

CX-9

Durango

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

9 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Femur Force R/L

1.3/.2 kN

5.3/2.5 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

6%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Tibia index R/L

.37/.44

1.53/.59

Tibia forces R/L

1.8/.6 kN

1.9/1.4 kN

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 Dodge Durango:

CX-9

Durango

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.4 inches

1.1 inches

Abdominal Force

98 G’s

112 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

35 G’s

39 G’s

Hip Force

553 lbs.

666 lbs.

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

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 Durango is not even a standard “Top Pick.”

Reliability

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the CX-9 has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the Durango.

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 55 points higher than the Durango.

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 Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mazda 21st in reliability. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 28th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mazda second in reliability. Dodge is ranked 8th.

Engine

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The CX-9’s 2.5 turbo 4-cylinder produces 60 lbs.-ft. more torque (320 vs. 260) than the Durango’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6. The CX-9’s 2.5 turbo 4-cylinder produces 60 lbs.-ft. more torque (320 vs. 260) than the Durango Dual Exhaust’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Mazda CX-9 is faster than the Durango Dual Exhaust V6:

CX-9

Durango

Zero to 30 MPH

2.3 sec

2.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

7.8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

19 sec

20.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.5 sec

8.3 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.4 sec

4.2 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.7 sec

5.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.4 sec

16 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91 MPH

88 MPH

Top Speed

132 MPH

117 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

CX-9

FWD

2.5 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

AWD

2.5 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/26 hwy

Durango

RWD

3.6 DOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy

AWD

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/25 hwy

5.7 OHV V8

14 city/22 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

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The CX-9 stops much shorter than the Durango:

CX-9

Durango

70 to 0 MPH

178 feet

190 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

142 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

143 feet

160 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

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The CX-9 has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the CX-9 flat and controlled during cornering. The Durango’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the CX-9 is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than on the Durango.

The CX-9 Signature AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the Durango GT pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The CX-9 Signature AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.1 seconds quicker than the Durango GT 4x4 (26.7 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.8 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the CX-9’s turning circle is 2.2 feet tighter than the Durango’s (38.8 feet vs. 41 feet).

For greater off-road capability the CX-9 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Durango (8.8 vs. 8.1 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 450 to 1050 pounds less than the Dodge Durango.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the CX-9 Signature AWD is quieter than the Durango GT 4x4:

CX-9

Durango

At idle

37 dB

38 dB

Full-Throttle

71 dB

76 dB

70 MPH Cruising

66 dB

67 dB

Passenger Space

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The CX-9 has .7 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more rear legroom, 1.9 inches more rear hip room, .4 inches more rear shoulder room and 2.7 inches more third row shoulder room than the Durango.

The front step up height for the CX-9 is 2.2 inches lower than the Durango (18.3” vs. 20.5”). The CX-9’s rear step up height is 1.8 inches lower than the Durango’s (18.8” vs. 20.6”).

Cargo Capacity

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To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the CX-9 Grand Touring/Signature’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The Durango doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

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 Durango doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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

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 Durango’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 Durango’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

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 Durango’s headlights are rated “Marginal.”

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the CX-9 Grand Touring/Signature has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Durango doesn’t offer cornering lights.

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

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 $540 less than the Durango over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CX-9 is less expensive to operate than the Durango because it costs $127 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the CX-9 than the Durango, including $40 less for front brake pads, $178 less for a starter, $6 less for fuel injection and $113 less for front struts.

Recommendations

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

Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its August 2017 issue and they ranked the Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD first. They ranked the Dodge Durango GT 4x4 fourth.

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

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