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The 2021 Mazda CX-9 vs 2021 Kia Telluride: Which is BC, Canada's Best Three-Row SUV?

Three-row SUVs are primarily for transportation, but they can also offer other qualities. Family vehicles like the 2021 Mazda CX-9 and 2021 Kia Telluride are standouts in this class - providing premium safety features, entertainment options, and interior comforts. However, they differ when it comes to key performance elements, leaving only one as the clear winner in the sport utility market.

Here is a closer look at how the 2021 Mazda CX-9 and the 2021 Kia Telluride compare. 

2021 Mazda CX-9 vs 2021 Kia Telluride: Which Has a Better All-Wheel Drive System in BC, Canada?

Mazda CX-9
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Drive Type: i-ACTIV AWD
Suspension: MacPherson Struts and Multi-Link Spring Coil
Wheels: 18-inch or 20-inch black metallic or grey high-lustre
Kia Telluride
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Drive Type: AWD
Suspension: MacPherson Struts and Spring Coils
Wheels: 18-inch or 20-inch
With the i-ACTIV AWD system, which is accompanied by G-Vectoring Control Plus, the Mazda CX-9 stands out in this area. It uses sensors to measure road conditions, and it responds to these readings by adjusting torque. By sending power to the wheels that require it, the SUV helps the driver retain control in low-traction situations and while negotiating corners and curves. The Kia simply can't compete.
 

2021 Mazda CX-9 vs 2021 Kia Telluride: Which Has a Better Interior in BC, Canada?

Mazda CX-9
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Front Seats: Heated, Ventilated and Power Adjustable
Second Row: Heated, Reclining
Accents: Leather and Satin Chrome
Sound System: 12-speaker Bose
Kia Telluride
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Front Seats: Heated, Ventilated and Power Adjustable
Second Row: Heated
Accents: Leather and wood-grain
Sound System: Harman Kardon
Both the CX-9 and Telluride offer luxury-level interiors with the option to get premium leather upholstery and state-of-the-art infotainment systems. These two roomy SUVs are comparable in many ways, but the Mazda stands out when it comes to everyday comfort - offering options like retractable rear armrests and reclining second-row seats. Indulge in every adventure.
 

2021 Mazda CX-9 vs 2021 Kia Telluride: Which Has Better Tech Features in BC, Canada?

Mazda CX-9
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Safety: Smart Brake Support, Forward Collision Avoidance, Overhead Rollover Airbag, Pedestrian Detection

Convenience: Hands-Free Power Lift-gate, Radar Cruise Control, 360-View Monitor (GT and higher)
Kia Telluride
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Safety: Lane Keeping Assist, Forward Collision Warning, Speed-Sensitive Locks, Parking Sensors

Convenience: Hands-Free Power Liftgate, Standard Cruise Control, Rearview Camera
Both the CX-9 and Telluride bring a full menu of accident avoidance tools to BC, Canada - but Mazda assures a more intuitive experience. Its radar-powered cruise control can adjust speed automatically, and it has a dedicated pedestrian detection system and a rollover canopy airbag to provide peace of mind. These features afford superior performance in even the worst traffic conditions.
 

2021 Mazda CX-9 vs 2021 Kia Telluride: Which Has a Better Powertrain in BC, Canada?

Mazda CX-9
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Engine: 2.5L Dynamic Pressure Turbo
Transmission: Six-Speed Auto with Manual Mode
Torque: 320 lb.-ft
Kia Telluride
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Engine: 3.8L V6
Transmission: Eight-Speed Auto
Torque: 262 lb.-ft
The 2021 Mazda CX-9 provides superior torque to its Kia competitor, and it relies on a responsive turbocharged engine to bring a sportier driving experience. Features like an automatic transmission with manual mode and paddle shifters further impress, creating a more precise ride. 

Meanwhile, the CX-9's 2930 mm wheelbase (30 mm longer than the Telluride) and 20-inch wheels (on GS-L and higher trims) add a level of stability that helps drivers better control the turbocharged power. Deftly navigate every BC road.

Test Drive the Mazda CX-9 and See Why It's the Best Three-Row SUV in BC, Canada

The Mazda CX-9 stands above the Kia Telluride because of its high-end details and superior driving experience. This SUV provides plenty of practicality, but its robust powertrain allows it to perform with track precision - branding it a dynamic option for families.

The best way to appreciate the 2021 Mazda CX-9 is to sit behind the wheel yourself and experience its capabilities. You can contact our BC, Canada dealership to discuss availability, learn about trim options, and schedule a test drive. 

Mazda CX-9 News in BC, Canada

2021 Mazda CX-9 Signature Turns Heads in BC,...
by mazda-vehicle-news, May 30, 2021, 10:08 am
As a top-of-the-line trim level, the new 2021 Mazda CX-9 Signature boasts a very distinctive style that will have tongues wagging all over BC.Riding on 20-inch alloy wheels with a light grey high-lustre finish, this particular...
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2021 Mazda CX-9 Kuro Boasts Upgraded Interior...
by mazda-vehicle-news, May 29, 2021, 10:59 am
Aside from the style detailing and Garnet Red leather upholstery, the 2021 Mazda CX-9 Kuro also comes with a few more updates that make it worthwhile.First, advanced keyless entry allows you to get your morning started without a...
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2021 Mazda CX-9 Kuro Welcomes Riders in BC,...
by mazda-vehicle-news, May 28, 2021, 11:24 am
If you want a family-friendly SUV that isn’t boring, then you need to set your sights on the 2021 Mazda CX-9 Kuro. This special edition model comes with Garnet Red leather upholstery that sets the cabin apart from all other...
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2021 Mazda CX-9 Kuro Edition Boasts Unique...
by mazda-vehicle-news, May 27, 2021, 10:00 am
While most 2021 Mazda CX-9 models are available in several shades, the Kuro Edition is offered in two exclusive colours - Polymetal Grey Metallic and Jet Black Mica. Boasting a sleek, mysterious esthetic, you will have heads...
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The 2021 Mazda CX-9 in BC, Canada: A Family SUV...
by vehicle-of-the-month, May 25, 2021, 12:00 pm
The 2021 Mazda CX-9 stands out because of its 2.5L turbocharged engine and sophisticated exterior styling. This three-row SUV also offers plenty of interior comforts - including features like available second-row captain's chairs...
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2021 Mazda CX-9 GT Offers Exterior Upgrades to...
by mazda-vehicle-news, May 23, 2021, 10:58 am
From the new illumination suite to the added safety enhancements, the new 2021 Mazda CX-9 GT brings upgraded exterior elements to the streets of BC.First is the Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) with LED bulbs. This ensures...
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