The SUV segment of vehicles is highly crowded and witnesses the influx of new vehicles every year. However, only a few SUVs have impressed customers and carved a niche for themselves in the marketplace. Mazda CX-9 and Hyundai Palisade are amongst those SUVs. Thanks to the years of experience Mazda and Hyundai put in, their vehicles top all charts – be it performance or safety. Despite going head-on, the 2021 Mazda CX-9 and the 2021 Hyundai Palisade are well poised to emerge as leaders of the SUV segment for 2021. We have compared these best-selling SUVs and charted the critical differences between them to help you choose the one that efficiently addresses your driving requisites.
2021 Mazda CX-9
2021 Hyundai Palisade
|SKYACTIV®-G 2.5 Dynamic Pressure Turbo Engine
||Base Engine||3.8 Lambda II GDi Gasoline Engine|
|SKYACTIV®-Drive six-speed automatic transmission
||Transmission||Eight-speed shift-by-wire automatic transmission|
|227 horsepower & 250 lb-ft
||Horsepower & Torque Ratings|| 291 horsepower & 261 lb-ft|
||Combined Fuel Economy||22 MPG|
It might look like the Palisade is winning the race against the CX-9 in engine power and performance ratings. The Mazda CX-9, however, makes it up when it comes to handling, exterior styling, convenience, technology elements, gas mileage, and, most importantly, safety ratings. NHTSA has given a five-star overall safety rating to the 2021 Mazda CX-9, and the IIHS includes the 2021 Mazda CX-9 in its list of Top Safety Pick+ vehicles. That’s an incredible feat for an SUV that markets as a family car.
Critical driver-assistance and safety features that come standard with the 2021 Mazda CX-9 include Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Mazda Radar Cruise Control, etc. Other features are Adaptive Front-lighting System, Lane Departure Warning, Lane-Keep Assist, Driver Attention Alert, Traffic Sign Recognition, High Beam Control, and Smart Braking Systems.