First up, how do the two compare size wise? Being large seven- and eight-seat SUVs, people are usually buying these types of vehicles for the space.
Hyundai’s Palisade is an SUV that can fit eight, count ‘em, eight passengers. That’s a number usually reserved for people mover-type vans, so the eight sure sets the Palisade apart.
It feels quite giant when you’re sitting in the Palisade, there’s loads of leg and headroom even for taller passengers and it’s such a wide car you’ll have no issue jostling shoulders between anyone.
Into the second row and there is plenty of space here, too. I’m 161cm (5'3") and I fit so easily with lots of spare room for tall teenagers and adults. My kids loved having all the space in there.
You can opt for a seven-seat version of the Palisade if that’s more suitable, which gives you two armchairs in the second row which are more comfortable than a regular flat bench, and this is a great option if you know you don’t need eight seats and are more likely to use seven.
If you do go for the eight seats, you can fit three kids car seats across, I did it with two boosters and a baby capsule. It’s a wide car.
The back row is more comfortable to climb into than most seven seaters, and once inside I have enough leg and headroom to sit comfortably. Taller people might have an issue with head space, but leg space should be fine.
If you were to compare it to a van, I would say vans are bigger for eight people, so cars like the Kia Carnival do fit eight adults more easily than the Palisade. But if it’s children you’re wanting to transport around then the Palisade will fit them. Plus the Palisade is an SUV - bonus, it’s not a van.
The CX-9 doesn’t fit as many people as a Palisade. There are seven seats in total and you can get a six-seat version if you fancy, but it does feel spacious.
It’s definitely the size of car that is ideal to take away on a road trip because it’s so roomy and comfortable in both the front passenger and driver’s seats
There’s lots of leg and head space for taller people and it’s a wide car so it doesn't feel like you're about to rub shoulders together in the front.
Second row passengers also have lots of room. My two children, aged seven and nine, were happily occupied in this row and I fit back there easily.
There’s a good amount of room between my knees and the seat in front of me, meaning taller adults and teenagers will be comfortable, and the second row slides to give more or less room to the row behind. You’ll be able to fit three child seats across in this row, I did it with two boosters and a baby capsule
Into the back row and if you’ve got long legs you’ll need that sliding second row to give you enough leg space, and you’re not likely to want to be in there on a long journey. Kids will be fine, though.
So, the Palisade is more spacious because it fits more people, but it really depends on how many people you want to fit in the car on a regular basis. That will point you in the right direction.
How big is the boot in each SUV? SUVs with three rows of seats have smaller boot space when all seats are in use, and that opens up if you’ve got less people inside and fold some of the seats down.
Boot space in the CX-9 is super large, if the third row is folded down there is a whopping 810L of space which will fit almost anything a family could want to throw in there. It’s good for double prams, suitcases, or a long road trip's worth of stuff.
With the third row in use the boot shrinks to 230L, that’s small but fairly standard among seven-seat SUVs. You’ll get school bags and grocery bags in there.
The Palisade’s boot is also sizeable. With all three rows in use you’ll get 311L of space and that’s large for an SUV with three rows, thanks to its boxy shape.
With the third row down, boot size ramps up to 704L and you’ll be able to fit loads of things in there from suitcases, to double prams, to sporting equipment.
The Palisade gives you more space with three rows in use, while the CX-9 delivers more space with two rows in use. So, how you’re planning to use the car will determine which is more suitable for your needs.
|Mazda CX-9||Hyundai Palisade|
|Boot space (seats up)||810L||704L|
|Boot space (seats down)||230L||311L|