2017 Kia Sorento vs. 2017 Mazda CX-9

The Kia Sorento has had some famous people drive it the past few years, including former "James Bond" actor Pierce Brosnan and two-sport star Bo Jackson. It underscores how rugged and daring this versatile SUV is, on or off-road. And while an SUV with room for seven that is good enough to win the Cars.com "Best 3-Row SUV" award and is an IIHS Top Safety Pick already is impressive, we'll look at how it compares with the 2017 Mazda CX-9 SUV.

While the CX-9 also comes with three rows, it doesn't share either of these honors we've mentioned for the 2017 Sorento. The 2017 CX-9 also falls short in top horsepower, with 250 maximum, while the 2017 Sorento drives circles around Mazda with 290 HP in its V6 trim levels. You'll also see superior cargo space with the Sorento, which has room up to 73.5 cubic feet for your equipment and other bags or items, while the CX-9 falls behind with 71.2 cubic feet.

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2017 Kia Sorento Vs. 2017 Mazda CX-9
290 Top Horsepower 250
21, 28 Base MPG (city, highway) 22, 28
7 Trim Options 4
5,000 Towing Max. (pounds) 3,500
Yes IIHS Top Safety Pick? No
73.5 Cargo Room (cubic feet) 71.2

See Why the Sorento Tops the Competition in Racine WI

When you're looking for a midsize SUV, you need versatility and power, which the 2017 Sorento surely has, but you also need the ability to tow heavy freight in a pinch. The V6 models of the Sorento can haul up to 5,000 pounds, which is vastly superior to the 2017 CX-9's 3,500-pound maximum towing power. If you need to help move another vehicle or hitch up for a trip, the Sorento can handle a lot more.

Take all of these advantages of the 2017 Kia Sorento and then raise the advantage with its UVO eServices, which give you an available connection with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so you can access your compatible smartphone's playlist and more. The CX-9 does not come with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. We'd love to show you more benefits of the versatile, affordable and rugged 2017 Kia Sorento, but we think the choice is clear. We would love to show you a Sorento on our lot at Boucher Kia of Racine, 9601 Washington Avenue in Racine WI, though we also serve the area which includes Milwaukee, West Allis and Kenosha. For more information regarding the Kia models on our lot, call (262) 725-4041 or come visit us at the dealership so we can set you up with a test drive.

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