2016 Kia Sorento vs. 2016 Mazda CX-9

Three-row SUVs are supposed to provide room for seven or eight passengers, give you room for your luggage and other items, and have the oomph you need under the hood to make carrying all this important cargo seem easy. It's the standard for this class that a vehicle must meet or be pushed aside. So it's the vehicles that surpass the standard that end up a cut above the also-rans. And like Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls of the 1990s, the 2016 Kia Sorento midsize SUV dispatches all challengers. But let's take a look at the 2016 Kia Sorento vs. 2016 Mazda CX-9 to see why it is the superior vehicle.

If we told you the 2016 Sorento got a money-saving 21 mpg city, 29 mpg highway while also topping out at a power level that enables it to climb surfaces off-road as easily as it allows you to make rapid lane changes on the morning commute with a maximum of 290 HP, you'd probably think it cost would cost you at least $30,000. But that's the suggested retail price for the 2016 Mazda CX-9, while you can have the 2016 Sorento for more than $10,000 less at Friendly Kia with our available VIP Price – in other words, for a mere $20,025. And the 2016 Sorento's top horsepower exceeds the 2016 Mazda CX-9's power by 40 HP, or 16 percent.

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2016 Kia Sorento  Vs. 2016 Mazda CX-9
$20,025 (Friendly Kia VIP) Price MSRP starts at $31,520
290 Top HP 250
21 city, 29 highway Base MPG (FWD) 22 city, 28 highway
Yes 2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick? No
10-yr/100k-mile limited powertrain, 5-yr/60k-mile bumper-to-bumper Warranty Coverage 5-yr/60k-mile limited powertrain, 3-yr/36k-mile bumper-to-bumper

What Hit the Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg Area? The 2016 Kia Sorento

Midsize SUVs provide spacious interiors so you can bring along a large group and have room to spare, which is why they are optimal for use as family vehicles or carpooling. The 2016 Kia Sorento has 154.2 cubic feet for passengers in seven-passenger models, which is about 50 percent more than you have in a sedan. And you can luxuriate in the 2016 Sorento's plush seats, which come with available leather or Nappa leather trim. And while your passengers are playing games to pass the time in back, you know they are safe with the 2016 Sorento's IIHS Top Safety Pick, which recognizes this sweet SUV as one of the most impact-resistant vehicles in its class. Another comforting thought about the 2016 Sorento, besides its edges in power and price, is its superior warranty. The 2016 Mazda CX-9 comes with three-year bumper-to-bumper coverage and five-year powertrain coverage, while the 2016 Sorento will get its parts replaced for several thousand miles and a couple years more with 10-year powertrain coverage and five year bumper-to-bumper coverage.

The 2016 Kia Sorento has the value, the safety and the performance you need in a midsize SUV, and we are proud to carry it on the lot at Friendly Kia, 5819 US Highway 19 in New Port Richey, FL. We also serve the Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg area, as well as Trinity, Tarpon Springs and Spring Hill. Call us at 877-544-6706 or come visit us so you can take a Sorento for a test drive today. If you plan on purchasing a new or used car, please take advantage of our trade-in policy and our exclusive partnership with Kelley Blue Book KBB.com's Trade-In Marketplace/Buying Center.

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