2011 Mazda
CX-9 Grand Touring
vs. 2012 Kia
Sorento SX

2012 Kia Sorento SX

10.0

starting from

$33,950
"Drives well."
edmunds.com | talking about the Sorento's transmission
"Elegantly simple dashboard layout."
edmunds.com | talking about the Sorento's controls

Reasons to buy the Kia Sorento SX

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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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Longer basic warranty
60,000 mile
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Good city fuel efficiency
20 mpg
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Fast 0-60 time
6.9 seconds
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring

9.5

starting from

$33,940
"A dash of spice in the form of driving excitement."
edmunds.com | talking about the CX-9's performance
"Stands out thanks to its smiling grille."
edmunds.com | talking about the CX-9's external styling

Reasons to buy the Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring

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Good cargo space
100.7 ft3
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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
8.0"
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Has 3 rows of seats
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Rear air conditioning
Standard
Cost 9.0 vs 10.0
2012 Kia Sorento SX Winner: Sorento SX
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  • Basic warranty lasts 2 more years, 5 year vs 3 year
  • Basic warranty lasts 24,000 more miles, 60,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Gets around 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 20 mpg vs 17 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both come standard with leather interiors
  • Both have power seats
  • Neither offers a sun roof
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, quite rare for this class
  • Both provide sporty handling
  • More gears
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • People mover
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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Road Tests - vs 10.0
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Overall 9.5 vs 10.0

Cost

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CX-9 Grand Touring
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2012 Kia Sorento SX Kia
Sorento SX
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MSRP $33,940 vs $33,950 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 20 mpg The Sorento SX has great city mileage and the CX-9 Grand Touring is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 60,000 mile The Sorento SX's basic warranty is fantastic, but the CX-9 Grand Touring's warranty is very limited
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 5 year The Sorento SX's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, but the CX-9 Grand Touring's warranty is very limited

Luxury Features

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CX-9 Grand Touring
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2012 Kia Sorento SX Kia
Sorento SX
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Crash Test Ratings

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CX-9 Grand Touring
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Sorento SX
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

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CX-9 Grand Touring
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2012 Kia Sorento SX Kia
Sorento SX
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 6 The Sorento SX has a good number of airbags, but the CX-9 Grand Touring is just OK (missing Rear Side)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Performance

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CX-9 Grand Touring
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2012 Kia Sorento SX Kia
Sorento SX
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Horsepower 273 HP @ 6,250 RPM vs 276 HP @ 6,300 RPM Average power
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 More gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, quite rare for this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 15.9 lb/hp vs 14.1 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.4 ft vs 35.7 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

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CX-9 Grand Touring
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2012 Kia Sorento SX Kia
Sorento SX
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Passengers 7 vs 7 People mover
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Cargo space 100.7 ft3 vs 72.5 ft3 The CX-9 Grand Touring has lots of cargo room and the Sorento SX is pretty good
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front seats 55.7 ft3 vs 55.6 ft3 Both average size front seats
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Base payload capacity 1501 lb vs Unknown
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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navigation system Optional vs Standard The Sorento SX's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the CX-9 Grand Touring
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Cupholders 12 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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CX-9 Grand Touring
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2012 Kia Sorento SX Kia
Sorento SX
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Number of speakers 6 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the Sorento SX's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the CX-9 Grand Touring; but it's not available at all on the Sorento SX

Road Tests

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CX-9 Grand Touring
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2012 Kia Sorento SX Kia
Sorento SX
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0-60 mph 8.2 seconds vs 6.9 seconds The Sorento SX has a good 0-60 time, but the CX-9 Grand Touring is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 137 ft vs 136 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 16.4 s @ 87 mph vs 15.3 s @ 92 mph The Sorento SX's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the CX-9 Grand Touring's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration 0.81 g vs 0.78 g The CX-9 Grand Touring has good cornering abilities compared to the merely average Sorento SX
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Top speed Unknown vs 120 mph

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring 2011 Acura MDX CX-9 Grand Touring vs MDX
2011 Mazda CX-9 Touring 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited CX-9 Touring vs Santa Fe Limited
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring 2011 Honda CR-V EX CX-9 Grand Touring vs CR-V EX
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring 2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited CX-9 Grand Touring vs Outback 3.6R Limited
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring 2011 Lexus RX 350 CX-9 Grand Touring vs RX 350
2012 Kia Sorento SX 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ Sorento SX vs Traverse LTZ
2012 Kia Sorento 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Sorento vs Santa Fe
2012 Kia Sorento 2011 Honda CR-V Sorento vs CR-V
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2011 Kia Sportage LX Sorento LX vs Sportage LX
2012 Kia Sorento 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Sorento vs Outback 2.5i Limited

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