2016 Mazda CX-9 Buyer's Guide

By KBB.com Editors on February 11, 2016 11:07 AM

The Sportiest, Most Stylish Family Hauler in its Class

Mazda is still moving the outgoing 2015 CX-9 off dealer lots, but we've already turned our attention to the gorgeous new second-generation model heading our way later in 2016. In addition to luxury-level styling, the totally redesigned CX-9 is lighter, more fuel efficient, more tech-savvy and features a new turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that delivers more accessible oomph than the outgoing model's adequate but dated V6.

Even in a three-row people mover that will never be asked to carve a canyon road or attack a looping highway on-ramp, driving dynamics matter. Good steering feel, braking behavior and throttle response combine to increase driver confidence, comfort and satisfaction, whether running errands or family road-tripping. Few automakers put as much emphasis on driving feel as Mazda, and even fewer midsize SUVs are as enjoyable to drive as the CX-9.

When it goes on sale later this year, the new CX-9 promises to be an even more appealing contender in a very competitive segment.

Fun for the Whole Family

From our 2016 Mazda CX-9 first review: "Steering is pleasantly direct, making this SUV feel more like a sporty sedan than a large people-mover. The handling is fantastic; the CX-9 has to have the best dynamics in its segment. It feels spry and agile, words you wouldn't expect to use when describing a large crossover SUV."

Build and Price

The all-new 2016 CX-9 isn't on sale yet, but value shoppers might be able to score a great deal on a 2015 model. At this point we'd expect to pay many thousands less than sticker prices, which start at just under $31,000 and can top $41,000. Build and price your own 2015 Mazda CX-9 right here at KBB.com to unlock its Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

The Competition

As fun and stylish as it is, the Mazda CX-9 faces tough competition. Don't make a move without taking a look at our Midsize SUV Buyer's Guide.