2020 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2020 GMC Acadia

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Safety

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Both the CX-9 and the Acadia 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, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, 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 GMC Acadia:

CX-9

Acadia

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

337

403

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.6 inches

Neck Compression

165 lbs.

186 lbs.

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 GMC Acadia:

CX-9

Acadia

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

88

106

Chest Movement

.4 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

98 G’s

155 G’s

Hip Force

195 lbs.

253 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

208

263

Hip Force

582 lbs.

896 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

249

319

Hip Force

553 lbs.

673 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 Acadia has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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The CX-9’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Acadia’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

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 46 points higher than the Acadia.

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 GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mazda 21st in reliability. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mazda second in reliability. GMC is ranked 22nd.

Engine

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The CX-9’s 2.5 turbo 4-cylinder produces 57 more horsepower (250 vs. 193) and 132 lbs.-ft. more torque (320 vs. 188) than the Acadia’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder. The CX-9’s 2.5 turbo 4-cylinder produces 20 more horsepower (250 vs. 230) and 62 lbs.-ft. more torque (320 vs. 258) than the Acadia’s optional 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The CX-9’s 2.5 turbo 4-cylinder produces 49 lbs.-ft. more torque (320 vs. 271) than the Acadia’s optional 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 Acadia:

MPG

CX-9

FWD

2.5 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

AWD

2.5 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/26 hwy

Acadia

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

21 city/27 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

3.6 DOHC V6

19 city/27 hwy

AWD

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/26 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

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The CX-9 stops shorter than the Acadia:

CX-9

Acadia

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the CX-9 has larger tires than the Acadia (255/60R18 vs. 235/65R18).

The CX-9 Sport/Touring’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Acadia’s standard 65 series tires. The CX-9 Grand Touring/Signature’s tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Acadia’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the CX-9 Sport/Touring has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Acadia.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the CX-9’s wheelbase is 2.8 inches longer than on the Acadia (115.3 inches vs. 112.5 inches).

The CX-9’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (54.7% to 45.3%) than the Acadia’s (56.5% to 43.5%). This gives the CX-9 more stable handling and braking.

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

For greater off-road capability the CX-9 has a 1.6 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Acadia (8.8 vs. 7.2 inches), allowing the CX-9 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The CX-9’s minimum ground clearance is 1 inch higher than on the Acadia All Terrain (8.8 vs. 7.8 inches).

Cargo Capacity

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

CX-9

Acadia

Behind Third Seat

14.4 cubic feet

12.8 cubic feet

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

CX-9

Acadia AT4

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

21.4”/49.7”/84.5”

n.a./48”/83”

Max Width

57.2”

50”

Min Width

40”

42.5”

Height

30.3”

33”

Towing

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The CX-9’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Acadia’s (3500 vs. 1000 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 Acadia doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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 Acadia’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully. Only its driver’s window closes automatically.

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 Acadia doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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

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 Acadia doesn’t offer cornering lights.

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 Acadia only retains 35.93% to 45.86%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CX-9 is less expensive to operate than the Acadia because it costs $418 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the CX-9 than the Acadia, including $8 less for a muffler, $94 less for front brake pads, $79 less for a starter, $80 less for fuel injection, $55 less for a timing belt/chain and $408 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Mazda CX-9, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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 GMC Acadia Denali AWD third.

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

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