2011 Mazda
CX-9 Grand Touring
vs. 2011 Mitsubishi
Outlander ES

2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring

9.8

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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Average power
273 HP @ 6,250 RPM
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Good cargo space
100.7 ft3
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Has auxiliary audio input
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Has 3 rows of seats
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander ES

8.6

starting from

$22,790

Reasons to buy the Mitsubishi Outlander ES

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Has continuously-variable transmission
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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Longer basic warranty
60,000 mile
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Fantastic city fuel efficiency
23 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.0
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring Winner: CX-9 Grand Touring
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  • Leather comes standard on the CX-9 Grand Touring; the Outlander ES only offers cloth seats
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the CX-9 Grand Touring's power seats; not available on the Outlander ES
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 7.4
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring Winner: CX-9 Grand Touring
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  • The CX-9 Grand Touring's auxiliary audio input jack lets you connect your MP3 player to the car's stereo
  • It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the CX-9 Grand Touring; but it's not available at all on the Outlander ES
Performance 10.0 vs 8.4
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring Winner: CX-9 Grand Touring
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  • The CX-9 Grand Touring has 6 more gears, which can improve performance, 6 vs Continuously variable
  • The CX-9 Grand Touring's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission
  • The CX-9 Grand Touring's power-to-weight ratio is more than 20% better, providing a sportier ride, 15.9 lb/hp vs 20.1 lb/hp
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring Winner: CX-9 Grand Touring
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  • The CX-9 Grand Touring offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Outlander ES
  • Room for 2 more people, 7 vs 5
  • Room for around 40% more stuff, 100.7 ft3 vs 72.6 ft3
Cost 8.6 vs 10.0
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander ES Winner: Outlander ES
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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 40% more miles per gallon in the city, 23 mpg vs 17 mpg
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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  • Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Road Tests - vs -
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Overall 9.8 vs 8.6

Luxury Features

Mazda
CX-9 Grand Touring
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander ES Mitsubishi
Outlander ES
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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 Outlander ES
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the CX-9 Grand Touring; the Outlander ES only offers cloth seats

Entertainment System

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CX-9 Grand Touring
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander ES Mitsubishi
Outlander ES
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Number of speakers 6 vs 6 Fewer speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Yes The Outlander ES's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the CX-9 Grand Touring does not
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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 No The CX-9 Grand Touring can connect your personal music device to the stereo system
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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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 Outlander ES

Performance

Mazda
CX-9 Grand Touring
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander ES Mitsubishi
Outlander ES
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Horsepower 273 HP @ 6,250 RPM vs 168 HP @ 6,000 RPM The CX-9 Grand Touring is of average power, but the Outlander ES is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs Continuously variable The CX-9 Grand Touring has more gears, but the Outlander ES has very few
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission The CX-9 Grand Touring's semi-automatic transmission is rare for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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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 20.1 lb/hp The CX-9 Grand Touring is a sporty car, but the Outlander ES is sluggish
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs two-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 34.8 ft The Outlander ES can make tight turns, and the CX-9 Grand Touring is comparable to most other vehicles

Practicality

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CX-9 Grand Touring
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander ES Mitsubishi
Outlander ES
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Passengers 7 vs 5 The CX-9 Grand Touring has lots of passenger seats, but the Outlander ES has very few
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Cargo space 100.7 ft3 vs 72.6 ft3 The CX-9 Grand Touring has lots of cargo room and the Outlander ES is pretty good
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front seats 55.7 ft3 vs 54.7 ft3 Both average size front seats
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Base payload capacity 1501 lb vs 1180 lb Average towing capacity
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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 Outlander ES
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Cupholders 12 vs 9 Both have a good number of cupholders but the CX-9 Grand Touring is particularly good
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

Mazda
CX-9 Grand Touring
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander ES Mitsubishi
Outlander ES
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MSRP $33,940 vs $22,790 The Outlander ES has a great price and the CX-9 Grand Touring is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 23 mpg The Outlander ES gets great city mileage, and the CX-9 Grand Touring gets OK mileage
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 60,000 mile The Outlander ES'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 Outlander ES's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, but the CX-9 Grand Touring's warranty is very limited

Safety Features

Mazda
CX-9 Grand Touring
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander ES Mitsubishi
Outlander ES
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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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 FUSE

Crash Test Ratings

Mazda
CX-9 Grand Touring
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander ES Mitsubishi
Outlander ES
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

Mazda
CX-9 Grand Touring
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander ES Mitsubishi
Outlander ES
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0-60 mph 8.2 seconds vs 10.1 seconds The CX-9 Grand Touring's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Outlander ES is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 137 ft vs 137 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 16.4 s @ 87 mph vs 17.8 s @ 82 mph The CX-9 Grand Touring's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Outlander ES's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.81 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

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2011 Mitsubishi Outlander SE 2011 Toyota Highlander Outlander SE vs Highlander
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2011 Mitsubishi Outlander SE 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE Outlander SE vs Tiguan SE
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander ES 2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor SE Outlander ES vs Endeavor SE
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