When it comes to bringing more people and things with you than the standard compact crossover class allows, midsize crossover SUVs allow you to do so in style and comfort. These vehicles provide seating for up to seven passengers, luxuriously furnished interiors with plenty of tech and enough power to bring along a camper or trailer in tow. They are as close to a minivan as you can get with the added bonuses of improved ride height and all-weather performance.
Within this class, the Kia Sorento has been a stand-out performer, delivering legendary value without sacrificing passenger comfort or capability. Additionally, it’s one of the few vehicles in this crowded, family-friendly class to achieve a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Today, we’re comparing it to Mazda’s under-the-radar CX-9 third-row SUV that promises to equal the capability and driving joy of class leaders. Does it achieve this? Let’s see:
2018 Kia Sorento
2018 Mazda CX-9
|5,000 lbs. when equipped||Maximum towing capacity||3,500 lbs. when equipped|
|39. 5 inches / 39.3 inches / 36.3 inches||Headroom (first row / second / third)||39.3 inches / 38.5 inches / 35.4 inches|
|44.1 inches / 39.4 inches / 31.7 inches||Legroom (first row / second / third)||41 inches / 39.4 inches / 29.7 inches|
|73.5 cubic feet||Maximum cargo volume||71.2 cubic feet|
|Yes||Apple CarPlay / Android Auto compatibility||No|
|5 years / 60,000 miles||Bumper-to-bumper limited warranty||3 years / 36,000 miles|
|$18,220 – Best Friendly Kia VIP price*||Starts at...||$32,130|
If you’re after a vehicle that can do more for less, the 2018 Kia Sorento is the perfect solution. Outfitted with your choice of three engines – the leanest of which gives you up to 28 highway MPG, the most powerful of which gives you 5,000 lbs. of towing and 290 horsepower – the Kia Sorento puts you in control.
While the Mazda CX-9’s front- and second-row seating may come close to that of the Sorento, drivers looking to use their third row for anybody besides very small children will love the extra inch of headroom and two inches of legroom afforded by the larger Kia Sorento. Those interested in the Sorento as a cargo vehicle will also appreciate the extra interior space devoted to cargo.
Both long and short trips need good entertainment. Gone are the days when you would tune through FM stations, hoping you’d hear that song that’s been stuck in your head all day to finally banish it. These days, using smartphone apps on your vehicle is no big deal. The 2018 Kia Sorento empowers you to listen to music through Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music and more through its Apple CarPlay and Android Auto-compatible UVO infotainment system.
The 2018 Mazda CX-9 didn’t get the memo and foregoes the brilliance of smartphone technology for a proprietary system that lets you enjoy all of the benefits of limited app selection and a learning curve.
Finally, the 2018 Kia Sorento provides a superior value – both in its pricing (the best at Friendly Kia) and its warranty that sees you covered for two additional years or 24,000 additional miles.
When you want to configure, test-drive and lease/buy your Kia Sorento, we’re here to help. As new members of the Kia Presidents Club, we join only 29 other Kia dealerships in providing top-recognized customer service. Out of all the Kia dealerships in Tampa Bay, we’ve got the lowest prices, the largest inventory and the highest ratings. See for yourself how being Friendly makes a difference. For more information about the 2018 Kia Sorento or to schedule a test drive, contact us today!