2019 Mazda CX-9 Vs. 2019 Kia Sorento

Dark 2019 Mazda CX-9 and light 2019 Kia Sorento, separated by a diagonal line and a "VS" logo.

In the world of midsize SUVs, it’s awfully hard to top the 2019 Mazda CX-9. This acclaimed zoomer boasts quick acceleration, agile handling, a smooth-as-silk ride, and an upscale interior. The whole vehicle conveys a sensation of comfort and luxury. Few other vehicles deliver such a premium feel at an affordable price tag.

The 2019 Kia Sorento also boasts some impressive numbers and features. It struggles to measure up in terms of driving enjoyment, but it does start with a lower price tag. Is this lower starting price enough to justify other shortcomings? Read on and decide for yourself which wins out between the 2019 Mazda CX-9 and 2019 Kia Sorento.

2019 Mazda CX-9


2019 Kia Sorento

$32,280 Starting MSRP $26,290
227 hp Base Horsepower 185 hp
14.4 cubic feet Cargo Room with All Seats Up 11 cubic feet
Standard Blind Spot Monitoring Available
Standard Rear Cross Traffic Alert Available
Standard Automatic Emergency Braking Available

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As is typical for a vehicle bearing the Mazda nameplate, the 2019 CX-9 is a blast to drive. It also has one of the nicest interiors in the segment. Additionally, it’s rated to be highly reliable and outfitted with an excessively healthy array of safety features.

The 2019 Kia Sorento, on the other hand, is not as athletic or enjoyable to operate. The base engine feels underpowered, and the handling is decidedly less agile than that of the 2019 CX-9. This unremarkable drivability delivers a strong blow to this midsize offering from Kia, especially when trying to compete with the likes of the 2019 Mazda CX-9.

Additional benefits of the 2019 CX-5 are the generous portions of standard safety and plenty of entertainment on most trims. Notable gizmos include adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, and a 360-degree parking camera on higher trims.