2020 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2020 Infiniti QX60

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Safety

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Both the CX-9 and the QX60 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, 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 Infiniti QX60:

CX-9

QX60

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

212

337

Neck Injury Risk

26%

42%

Neck Stress

309 lbs.

464 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

107/424 lbs.

516/475 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 Infiniti QX60:

CX-9

QX60

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

88

114

Chest Movement

.4 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

98 G’s

120 G’s

Hip Force

195 lbs.

457 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

15 inches

18 inches

HIC

249

338

Spine Acceleration

35 G’s

42 G’s

Hip Force

553 lbs.

661 lbs.

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

Warranty

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There are almost 3 times as many Mazda dealers as there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the CX-9’s warranty.

Reliability

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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 Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mazda 12th in initial quality. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 19th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Infiniti vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mazda second in reliability. Infiniti is ranked 13th.

Engine

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The CX-9’s 2.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 50 lbs.-ft. more torque (320 vs. 270) than the QX60’s 3.5 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the CX-9 gets better fuel mileage than the QX60:

CX-9

QX60

2WD

2.5 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

22 city/28 hwy

20 city/27 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

4WD

2.5 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

20 city/26 hwy

19 city/26 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

Brakes and Stopping

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The CX-9 stops shorter than the QX60:

CX-9

QX60

70 to 0 MPH

178 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the CX-9 has larger tires than the QX60 (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 QX60’s standard 65 series tires. The CX-9 Grand Touring/Signature’s tires have a lower 50 series profile than the QX60 Luxe’s optional 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the CX-9’s wheelbase is 1.1 inches longer than on the QX60 (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 QX60’s (56.3% to 43.7%). This gives the CX-9 more stable handling and braking.

The CX-9 Signature AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the QX60 AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The CX-9 Signature AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.6 seconds quicker than the QX60 AWD (26.7 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 29.3 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the CX-9 has a 2.3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the QX60 (8.8 vs. 6.5 inches), allowing the CX-9 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

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The CX-9 has .3 inches more rear headroom and 1.6 inches more rear hip room than the QX60.

Cargo Capacity

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The CX-9’s cargo area is larger than the QX60’s in almost every dimension:

CX-9

QX60

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

21.4”/49.7”/84.5”

20.7”/45”/78.5”

Max Width

57.2”

50”

Min Width

40”

46”

Height

30.3”

32.2”

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 QX60 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The CX-9’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch. The QX60

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 QX60’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 QX60 doesn’t offer cornering lights.

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 $455 to $1710 less than the QX60 over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CX-9 is less expensive to operate than the QX60 because it costs $300 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the CX-9 than the QX60, including $101 less for a muffler, $185 less for a starter, $187 less for fuel injection, $37 less for front struts and $601 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mazda CX-9 will be $2845 to $7296 less than for the Infiniti QX60.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Mazda CX-9 and the Infiniti QX60, 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 QX60 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

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