2020 Kia Telluride vs 2019 Mazda CX-9

2019 Kia Telluride vs 2019 Mazda CX-9
2019 Kia Telluride 2019 Mazda CX-9
  $31,690 $32,280
Engine Power
  291hp 227hp
Cargo Space
  21.0 cu.ft. 14.4 cu.ft.

2019 Kia Telluride vs 2019 Mazda CX-9

Serving Tuscaloosa, AL

Unique, powerful, and capable brands in their rights, Kia and Mazda, offer some of the most amazingly reliable cars and SUV’s on the market today. The 2020 Kia Telluride and 2019 Mazda CX-9 have some noticeable differences despite both being authentic brands, and so without further ado let’s explore a head-to-head challenge to see what separates the wheat from the chaff in these two feature-packed SUV’s.


Packing 291 horsepower into a 3.8L V6 engine which produces 262 pound-feet of torque, the Kia Telluride features a smooth eight-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. Sport, Comfort, and Snow modes electronically split the power ratio to each axle depending on which mode is selected. For example, during Comfort and Snow conditions the split is about 80% to 20%, while during off-road conditions the power differential becomes split to an even 50% and 50% on the front and rear axles. The 2019 Mazda CX-9 doesn’t have these have this option and has engines varying between 227 and 250 horsepower at 310 pound-feet of torque. The all-wheel-drive CX-9 shares the same combined fuel economy as the Telluride: 20 city and 26 highway.


As far as both interior and exterior appearance go, the Telluride looks like a million bucks and rivals the looks of much more expensive vehicles like Land Rovers. A prominent stance, large front grille, large swooping LED tail lights, dual HID headlamps, dual HID headlamps, a chromed-out interior and leather stitching which legitimately resembles a Lamborghini are just some of the many perks of the 2020 Telluride. The CX-9 has an overall refined look including a perky front grill, narrow-body and center-console adjustment of the display unit.

Interior Features

In terms of features between the 2020 Kia Telluride and the 2019 Mazda CX-9, the Telluride has an eight-inch touchscreen with 10” upgrade, “Sofino” leatherette upholstery, five USB ports, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, six-speaker surround sound, an eight-way power driver seat with two lumbar options, a second-row captain’s chair, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, second-row sun / privacy shades, rear temperature controls, driver-seat thigh extension, driver seat memory, and on extended models a head’s up display, heated and ventilated second-row seats and a 110V home-style power outlet amongst other things. The CX-9 has available leather seating, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto availability, HID headlamps, power windows, cruise control, a seven-inch touchscreen display, and Pandora radio.

To check out both of these vehicles, you are cordially invited to contact or head on down to Julio Jones Kia and see for yourself what all of the excitement is about.

* “Starting MSRP” is manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for base model trim. Telluride SX with Prestige Package shown priced higher at $45,490. MSRP excludes destination and handling charges, taxes, title, license, options and dealer charges. Actual prices set by dealer and may vary.