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User Ranking Drivers and owners ranked these cars in 9 categories.

New Car Pricing New listing price comparison and analysis.

2021 Kia Sorento
EX AWD
MSRP
$36,790
Invoice
$35,503
Average Price Paid
$38,215
273 listings nationwide

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2021 Mazda CX-9
Carbon Edition AWD
MSRP
$43,180
Invoice
$40,848
Average Price Paid
$41,156
380 listings nationwide

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Pricing Analysis Price analysis based on recent sales data applied to current trim without options.

2021 Kia Sorento
EX AWD
Fair Price
$39,916
Good Price
$37,444
Great Price
$36,030
2021 Mazda CX-9
Carbon Edition AWD
Fair Price
$41,891
Good Price
$40,627
Great Price
$39,904

Used Car Pricing Used listing price comparison and analysis.

2021 Kia Sorento
EX AWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$41,435
6 listings nationwide

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2021 Mazda CX-9
Carbon Edition AWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$44,116
19 listings nationwide

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Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2021 Kia Sorento
EX AWD
Matt Smith Preview:

The fourth generation of Kia’s three-row crossover lands with more power, more room, and improved efficiency, boasting a possible 37 combined mpg. Built on an all-new platform, the 202...

2021 Mazda CX-9
Carbon Edition AWD
Stephen Edelstein Test Drive Review:

Translated, the Japanese concept of jinba ittai refers to a horse and rider as one. Mazda has adopted it as a guiding philosophy for all of its products, and among them, the 2021 CX-9 ...

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  • Look and Feel 8
  • Performance 7
  • Form & Function 6
  • Technology 6
  • Safety 9
  • Cost-Effectiveness 6

User Reviews Reviews from CarGurus users who have driven or owned the car.

2021 Kia Sorento
EX AWD
10
Marla writes:
Amazing value, checks off all the boxes. Best designed SUV Ive driven. Was leaning towards the Mazda CX-5, but...
Back Seats Ranked 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe SEL FWD better.
"They recline and fold down with touch of a button instead of a pull. Has 2nd row A/C + USB & electrical."
Cargo Capacity Ranked 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe SEL FWD better.
"Since doesnt have a third row, holds more cargo. Also, under the floor cover theres divided storage bins that can be removed if needed. Sorento doesnt have that."
Family Car Ranked 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe SEL FWD worse.
"Sorento offers a third row seat. Santa Fe doesnt. "
Value Ranked 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe SEL FWD better.
"Really depends on what your priorities and needs are. For me, Santa Fe offers best configuration and combo of options. Also Hyundai offers with purchase 3 years standard maintenance. KIA doesnt. "
Would Buy Ranked 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe SEL FWD better.
"Dont need a third row. Like having the additional storage and cargo space. Interior layout is more appealing. Like how gear shift is electronic, which means debris wont collect on sides of handle and space is freed up underneath to hold purse or charge laptop. Complimentary 3 yr maintenance is welcome benefit."
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Adennis300 writes:
Nice vehicle but for the same price lacking several features as on its sister vehicle, the 2022 Hyundai Santa ...
Handling Ranked 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Calligraphy AWD better.
"It is pretty similar given they are built on the same platform."
Front Seats Ranked 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Calligraphy AWD better.
"Memory seats were so important to us with two adult drivers. "
Back Seats Ranked 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Calligraphy AWD better.
"The second row has heated seats."
Cargo Capacity Ranked 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Calligraphy AWD better.
"Unlike the Sorento, the Santa Fe does not have a third row, providing for greater cargo capacity."
Family Car Ranked 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Calligraphy AWD better.
"Nappa leather seating, remote parking ability from the key fob, three year coverage on routine maintenance, dealer availability of the vehicle."
Value Ranked 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Calligraphy AWD better.
"Memory seats, heated second row seats, rain sensing wipers, heads-up display, Homelink is standard. Seating for five versus seating for six in the Xline."
Would Buy Ranked 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Calligraphy AWD better.
"I canceled my factory order for the Kia Xline once I discovered this sister vehicle with greater luxury features for the same MSRP."
2021 Mazda CX-9
Carbon Edition AWD
No User Reviews

Specs

2021 Kia Sorento
EX AWD
2021 Mazda CX-9
Carbon Edition AWD
Powertrain 8-Speed Dual Clutch 6-Speed Automatic
Drivetrain
AWD
AWD
Fuel Economy, City
21 MPG
20 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
28 MPG
26 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 17.7 gal 19.5 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
281 hp @ 5,800 RPM
250 hp @ 5,000 RPM
Torque
311 lb-ft @ 1,700 RPM
320 lb-ft @ 2,500 RPM
Cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
Compression Ratio
10.5:1
10.5:1
Displacement
2,500 cc
2,500 cc
Bore x Stroke
3.48 in x 4 in
3.5 in x 3.94 in
Safety
ABS Brakes Standard Standard
Driver Airbag Standard Standard
Passenger Airbag Standard Standard
Front Side Airbags Standard Standard
Curtain Airbags Standard Standard
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Overall -- 4 stars
Front Crash Overall -- 4 stars
Front Crash Driver -- 4 stars
Front Crash Passenger -- 4 stars
Side Crash Overall -- 5 stars
Side Barrier Driver -- 5 stars
Side Barrier Passenger -- 5 stars
Side Pole Driver -- 5 stars
Rollover -- 5 stars
Comfort and Convenience
Sunroof/Moonroof -- Standard
Air Conditioning Standard Standard
Radio Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Driver Power Seats Standard Standard
Passenger Power Seats -- Standard
Interior
Maximum Seating 6 seats 6 seats
Front Legroom 41.4 in 41 in
Back Legroom 41.7 in 39.4 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 12.6 cu ft 14.3 cu ft
Maximum Payload 1,537 lbs 1,434 lbs
Maximum Towing Capacity 3,500 lbs 3,500 lbs
Exterior
Length 189 in 199.4 in
Width 74.8 in 77.5 in
Height 66.7 in 69 in
Wheelbase 110.8 in 115.3 in

Available Options

2021 Kia Sorento
EX AWD

Exterior Colors

  • Aruba Green
  • Crystal Beige
  • Ebony Black
  • Everlasting Silver
  • Glacial White Pearl
  • Gravity Grey
  • Passion Red Tintcoat
  • Sapphire Blue
  • Sparkling Silver

Option Packages

  • Ex AWD X-Line Package
  • Panoramic Sunroof Package
  • Rear Seat Entertainment System
  • Side Step Bars
2021 Mazda CX-9
Carbon Edition AWD

Exterior Colors

  • POLYMETAL Gray

Option Packages

  • Illuminated Doorsill Trim Plates

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