Childre Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Pathfinder VS 2017 Mazda CX-9 Near Dublin, GA

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2017 Nissan Pathfinder

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2017 Mazda CX-9

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front, middle and rear seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Pathfinder are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Mazda CX-9 doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle or rear seat belts.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Pathfinder 4WD’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The CX-9 doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The Pathfinder SL/Platinum has a standard Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The CX-9 only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Compared to metal, the Pathfinder’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Mazda CX-9 has a metal gas tank.

Both the Pathfinder and the CX-9 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Pathfinder the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 113 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The CX-9 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 77 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Mazda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Pathfinder’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Pathfinder has a standard 150-amp alternator. The CX-9’s 110-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 26th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Pathfinder’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 34 more horsepower (284 vs. 250) than the CX-9’s 2.5 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Pathfinder uses regular unleaded gasoline. The CX-9 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Pathfinder’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the CX-9 are solid, not vented.

The Pathfinder stops much shorter than the CX-9:

 

Pathfinder

CX-9

 

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Pathfinder has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The CX-9 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Pathfinder has 22.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CX-9 (157.8 vs. 135.1).

The Pathfinder has 2.9 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more front hip room, 2.8 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 2.3 inches more rear legroom, 2.3 inches more rear shoulder room, 2.4 inches more third row headroom, 1 inch more third row legroom, 1.9 inches more third row hip room and 4 inches more third row shoulder room than the CX-9.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Pathfinder’s middle and third row seats recline. The CX-9’s third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Pathfinder’s cargo area provides more volume than the CX-9.

 

Pathfinder

CX-9

Behind Third Seat

16 cubic feet

14.4 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

n/a

38.2 cubic feet

Third Seat Removed

42.4 cubic feet

n/a

Second Seat Folded

79.8 cubic feet

71.2 cubic feet

The Pathfinder has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The CX-9 doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Pathfinder. The CX-9 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Pathfinder’s cargo door can be opened just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The CX-9 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Pathfinder SL/Platinum’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The CX-9 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

If the front windows are left down on the Pathfinder the driver can raise them using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the CX-9 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

When the Pathfinder SL/Platinum is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The CX-9’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Both the Pathfinder and the CX-9 offer available heated front seats. The Pathfinder SL/Platinum also has standard heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the CX-9.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Pathfinder Platinum keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The CX-9 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Pathfinder’s optional (except S) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The CX-9 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Pathfinder SL/Platinum has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The CX-9 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Pathfinder is less expensive to operate than the CX-9 because typical repairs cost much less on the Pathfinder than the CX-9, including $703 less for a water pump, $16 less for front brake pads, $60 less for a fuel pump, $119 less for front struts and $4 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Pathfinder outsold the Mazda CX-9 by almost six to one during the 2016 model year.

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