Work In Progress..
- '18 CX-9 Signature
I'd say the only way the 4-banger still falls short of the V6 is during the low-down turbo lag range and when you are fully loading down the vehicle to max towing capacity (which I doubt I will ever do).
I've had the CX-9 loaded down with an extra 1100+lbs of cargo, plus my wife and infant daughter, for a 12-hour road trip. The car performed much, much better than I thought it would.