The midsize SUV segment has come a long way from the gas guzzling utility vehicles of the past. Modern vehicles in this segment are expected to deliver practical fuel economy ratings and fun driving dynamics without sacrificing utility. Looking at the 2019 Mazda CX-9 vs the 2020 Hyundai Palisade compares two models in this segment. How well does the new Palisade stack up against the established Mazda CX-9?
The 2019 Mazda CX-9 is offered in four total models, each coming equipped with a variety of features and technology systems. The Palisade if only available in three models. Fuel economy ratings for the two crossovers check in at 22 miles per gallon in the city and 28 mpg on the highways for 24 mpg combined for the 2019 CX-9 and 19 mpg city/ 24 mpg highway/21 combined for the Palisade.
2019 Mazda CX-9 models offer the i-ACTIVSENSE® suite of driver assistance features. This suite includes Standard Smart City Brake Support and Blind Spot Monitoring System with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, available Smart Brake Support, Lane Departure Warning with Lane-Keep Assist, Mazda Radar Cruise Control and High Beam Control and the new 360° View Monitor with front and rear parking sensors.
The turbocharged SKYACTIV®-G turbocharged engine powering the 2019 Mazda CX-9 delivers up to 250 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with the SKYACTIV®-DRIVE six-speed automatic transmission. Both front wheel drive and the i-ACTIV® all-wheel drive system are available as options on the 2019 Mazda CX-9.