2020 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2020 Hyundai Palisade

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Safety

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Both the CX-9 and the Palisade 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, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive and around view monitors.

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 21 points higher than the Palisade.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mazda second in reliability. Hyundai is ranked 6th.

Engine

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The CX-9’s 2.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 58 lbs.-ft. more torque (320 vs. 262) than the Palisade’s 3.8 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Mazda CX-9 is faster than the Hyundai Palisade:

CX-9

Palisade

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

6.9 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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

CX-9

Palisade

2WD

2.5 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

22 city/28 hwy

19 city/26 hwy

3.8 V6/Auto

4WD

2.5 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

20 city/26 hwy

19 city/24 hwy

3.8 V6/Auto

Brakes and Stopping

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The CX-9 stops shorter than the Palisade:

CX-9

Palisade

70 to 0 MPH

178 feet

182 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the CX-9 has larger tires than the Palisade (255/60R18 vs. 245/60R18).

Suspension and Handling

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The CX-9 has variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Palisade doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the CX-9’s wheelbase is 1.1 inches longer than on the Palisade (115.3 inches vs. 114.2 inches).

The CX-9’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (54.7% to 45.3%) than the Palisade’s (56% to 44%). This gives the CX-9 more stable handling and braking.

The CX-9 Signature AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the Palisade SEL 4x4 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 1.6 seconds quicker than the Palisade Limited 4x4 (26.7 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the CX-9 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Palisade (8.8 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the CX-9 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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

CX-9

Palisade

At idle

37 dB

38 dB

Full-Throttle

71 dB

74 dB

70 MPH Cruising

66 dB

69 dB

Cargo Capacity

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

CX-9

Palisade

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

21.4”/49.7”/84.5”

20.8”/49”/82.5”

Max Width

57.2”

53.7”

Min Width

40”

43.4”

Height

30.3”

30.5”

Ergonomics

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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 Palisade’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 Palisade SE/SEL’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 Palisade doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The CX-9 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Palisade SEL/Limited.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Mazda CX-9 and the Hyundai Palisade, 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 Palisade has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

The Mazda CX-9 outsold the Hyundai Palisade by almost two to one during the 2019 model year.

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