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

2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring

9.4

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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Average power
273 HP @ 6,250 RPM
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Keyless entry
Standard
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Has 3 rows of seats
2012 Kia Sorento LX

7.8

Runner-up

Kia Sorento LX

starting from

$26,150
"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 LX

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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
21 mpg
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Good highway fuel efficiency
27 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 5.5
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring Winner: CX-9 Grand Touring
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Cost 8.7 vs 10.0
2012 Kia Sorento LX Winner: Sorento LX
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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 more than 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 21 mpg vs 17 mpg
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Road Tests - 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
  • More gears
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • People mover
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers satellite radio
Overall 9.4 vs 7.8

Luxury Features

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CX-9 Grand Touring
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring
2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the CX-9 Grand Touring's power seats; not available on the Sorento LX
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keyless entry Standard vs Not Available The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the CX-9 Grand Touring; not available on the Sorento LX
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the CX-9 Grand Touring; the Sorento LX only offers cloth seats

Cost

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CX-9 Grand Touring
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring
2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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MSRP $33,940 vs $26,150 The Sorento LX has a great price and the CX-9 Grand Touring is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 21 mpg The Sorento LX 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 LX'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 LX's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, but the CX-9 Grand Touring's warranty is very limited

Crash Test Ratings

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CX-9 Grand Touring
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring
2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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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

Road Tests

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CX-9 Grand Touring
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring
2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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0-60 mph 8.2 seconds vs 10.3 seconds The CX-9 Grand Touring's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Sorento LX is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 137 ft vs 140 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 16.4 s @ 87 mph vs 17.7 s @ 79 mph The CX-9 Grand Touring's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Sorento LX's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.81 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

Mazda
CX-9 Grand Touring
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring
2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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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 LX 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 LX Kia
Sorento LX
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Horsepower 273 HP @ 6,250 RPM vs 191 HP @ 6,000 RPM The CX-9 Grand Touring is of average power, but the Sorento LX is underpowered
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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 20.6 lb/hp The CX-9 Grand Touring is a sporty car, but the Sorento LX is sluggish
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The Sorento LX has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor 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

Mazda
CX-9 Grand Touring
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring
2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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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 LX 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 Not Available The CX-9 Grand Touring offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Sorento LX
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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
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring
2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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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 Not Available Neither offers 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 LX

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring 2011 Mazda CX-7 i SV CX-9 Grand Touring vs CX-7 i SV
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited CX-9 Grand Touring vs Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring 2011 Honda CR-V CX-9 Grand Touring vs CR-V
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring 2011 Honda Odyssey EX CX-9 Grand Touring vs Odyssey EX
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring 2011 Buick Enclave CXL CX-9 Grand Touring vs Enclave CXL
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2011 Kia Sportage EX Sorento LX vs Sportage EX
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2012 Kia Sedona LX Sorento LX vs Sedona LX
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Sorento LX vs Santa Fe
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Sorento LX vs Outback 2.5i Limited
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2011 Acura MDX Sorento LX vs MDX

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