2020 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2020 Mercedes GLB

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Safety

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To help make backing safer, the CX-9’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The GLB doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the CX-9 and the GLB 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, rearview cameras, 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 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 GLB has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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Mazda’s powertrain warranty covers the CX-9 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the GLB. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the GLB ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 45 percent more Mazda dealers than there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the CX-9’s warranty.

Reliability

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From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mazda second in reliability. Mercedes is ranked 21st.

Engine

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The CX-9’s 2.5 turbo 4-cylinder produces 29 more horsepower (250 vs. 221) and 62 lbs.-ft. more torque (320 vs. 258) than the GLB’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Mazda CX-9 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The GLB requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The CX-9 FWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the GLB (19 vs. 15.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The CX-9 AWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the GLB (19.5 vs. 15.9 gallons).

Tires and Wheels

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

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the CX-9’s wheelbase is 3.9 inches longer than on the GLB (115.3 inches vs. 111.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the CX-9 is 2.1 inches wider in the front and 2 inches wider in the rear than on the GLB.

For greater off-road capability the CX-9 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the GLB (8.8 vs. 7.9 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 2 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear legroom, 3.2 inches more rear shoulder room, .6 inches more third row headroom, .6 inches more third row legroom and 9.3 inches more third row shoulder room than the GLB.

Cargo Capacity

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

CX-9

GLB

Behind Third Seat

14.4 cubic feet

5.1 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

38.2 cubic feet

24 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

71.2 cubic feet

62 cubic feet

Ergonomics

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To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the CX-9 has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the GLB only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

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

The CX-9 has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the GLB. The CX-9 Grand Touring/Signature also has standard heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the GLB.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Mazda CX-9, 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 13 years. The GLB has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

The Mazda CX-9 outsold the Mercedes GLB by almost 23 to one during 2019.

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