2018 Kia Sorento vs. 2018 Mazda CX-9

One of the fiercest battles being waged in the modern automotive industry is among manufacturers in the crossover SUVs class. Most automakers have at least one model to offer. The new vehicle lineup available at Spitzer Kia Cleveland has a few more than that. Vehicles of this type wouldn’t be so successful if they didn’t all have something offer. It’s the very success this industry segment has demonstrated which makes things so difficult for buyers. A comparison of the 2018 Kia Sorento vs. 2018 Mazda CX-9 shows the Kia crossover SUV’s commitment to working to be one of the best options available in a class with a lot of them. The 2018 Kia Sorento is on the ground and available for sale or lease in the Spitzer Cleveland Kia showroom.

The level of technology available as standard equipment in most crossover SUVs would have been all but unheard of just a few years ago. Both the 2018 Kia Sorento and 2018 Mazda CX-9 have features like Bluetooth connectivity and touchscreen-based infotainment systems. However, Kia engineers have got the extra mile with their UVO 3 infotainment system. In addition to being able to simply initiate and answer phone calls, the upper trims of the 2018 Sorento are compatible with the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto suites of applications. Future owners of the current Sorento will be able to pair their smartphones to the vehicle’s touchscreen to use most of the favorite applications. 


2018 Kia Sorento Vs. 2018 Mazda CX-9
2.4-L, 4-Cyl. Engine 2.5-L, 4-Cyl.
3,500 lbs. Max. Towing 3,500 lbs.
73.5 cu.-ft. Max. Cargo Space 71.2 cu.-ft.
Yes Available V-6 No


Performance Specs and Efficiency

Many automakers are streamlining the available engine options for their vehicles. It’s becoming increasing rare for a lot of crossover SUVs to only offer one powertrain setup. The 2018 Mazda CX-9 falls into this category, whereas the 2018 Kia Sorento does not. Mazda CX-9 owners can only get a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine. Entry-level models of the 2018 Sorento use a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine which is attached to a six-speed automatic transmission. This will give Sorento drivers 185 horsepower to work with. Buyers can also choose the 2018 Sorento EX with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and 240 horsepower.

Finally, the 2018 Kia Sorento is one of the dwindling number of crossover SUVs to have a V-6 engine. In addition to making 290 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque, this version of the Sorento can also pull 3,500 pounds.

A front right quarter photo of the 2018 Kia Sorento
A photo illustration demonstrating how some of the safety systems work on the 2018 Sorento.
An interior photo showing the spacious backseat in the 2018 Sorento.
Another interior photo of the 2018 Sorento showing one of its many seating configurations