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2007 Mazda CX-9

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2007 Mazda CX-9 Review

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Car-based "crossover" utility vehicles (CUVs) try to marry the best attributes of passenger cars and SUVs, and these days they are leaving the woods and mountains behind. The goal is to offer a sporty, urban vibe, and none pulls this off better than the twin CUVs from Mazda, the CX-7 and CX-9. They offer the tough-to-achieve blend of a sport sedan and an SUV that can corner and carry equally well. Both are vehicles that are genuinely fun to drive yet still useful on a shopping trip or a family vacation. Of the two, the CX-7 may be a tad sportier, but its larger three-row, seven-passenger CX-9 stablemate, which shares its engine and much of its architecture with Ford's Edge and Lincoln MKX, delivers a similar feel while upping the utility quotient considerably.

You'll Like This Car If...

If large three-row CUV practicality with a fair measure of Mazda "Zoom-Zoom" character might be your cup of tea, take a look at this new CX-9. Its combination of sporty looks, eager performance and people and cargo capacity should impress you.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If your needs include a greater level of off-road prowess or heavier cargo and towing capability, one of many less sporty but more powerful and capable SUVs on the market would be a better choice.

What's New for 2007

We were skeptical when Mazda claimed sportiness as a key attribute of its new crossover utilities, but they have surprised us by delivering on that promise. The CX-9, created specifically for North America, is the largest vehicle Mazda has ever brought to this market.

Driving the CX-9

Driving Impressions A lightly-loaded CX-9 does a creditable job of living up to Mazda's "Zoom-Zoom" marketing promise with its rigid unibody chassis, low-friction MacPherson strut front and independent multi-link rear suspension, precise...

engine-speed-sensitive power rack-and-pinion steering and stabilizer bars at both ends. Despite its substantial size and weight, it acquits itself surprisingly well on curvy country roads and rides smoothly and quietly at freeway speeds. With more people and cargo aboard, it is understandably less athletic and loses some performance, but it remains a satisfying ride. Unlike many three-row CUVs, there is ample adult-size room in all seating positions and 17.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row.

60/40-split, sliding, reclining second-row seat
This versatile center-row seat slides five inches to accommodate long-legged folks either on or behind it. The seat also has reclining backrests, offers easy access to the third row with a one-handed release and folds flat into the floor to optimize cargo room.

Active Torque-Split All-Wheel Drive
On available all-wheel-drive models, sensors signal control modules to send more torque to the axle with the best traction automatically. Up to half the engine's torque can be sent to the rear through a computer-controlled coupling connected to the rear differential.

2007 Mazda CX-9 Details
2007 Mazda CX-9 photo Interior

The CX-9's interior upholds the exterior's sporting character but with more luxury touches than the less expensive CX-7. Its instrument panel has quad chrome-ringed gauges under a prominent hood and a logically laid-out audio and climate control area bounded by rich wood spears plunging from dash-top to floor and mirroring similar pieces in the door panels. The three-spoke steering wheel, contoured front bucket seats and two-tone trim say "sports car" more than "SUV," while blue indirect lighting adds an upscale glow at night. The 60/40 second-row seat reclines and slides forward to enhance third-row access, and both it and the 50/50 third seat fold flat into the floor.

Exterior
2007 Mazda CX-9 photo

The CX-9 is well dressed for its role as the bigger brother of Mazda's CX-7 sport CUV. Its look is Mazda sporty, with a signature five-point grille over a wide, aggressive bumper, wrap-around headlights and a broad-shouldered tail with curving tail lights and twin trapezoidal chrome exhaust tips. One nice touch is a full-width chrome strip across the top of the black-out grille opening, which flows across the top of the large, centered Mazda logo.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The CX-9 is offered in three trim levels: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. The base Sport comes with three-row, seven-passenger seating, front and rear air conditioning, power windows, locks and mirrors, remote keyless entry, tilt wheel, cruise control, AM/FM/CD audio and six sets of air bags (front, side and full-length side curtain). Additional safety features include four-wheel ventilated disc brakes with ABS, Traction Control System (TCS) and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC). The mid-range Touring and top-line Grand Touring add leather trim, power front seats and more.

Optional Equipment

The Mazda CX-9 has an options list that mimics a premium-level sedan. Major options available on the CX-9 include SIRIUS(tm) satellite radio, DVD-based touch-screen navigation, Surround-Sound Bose(r) premium audio with a six-CD changer, rear DVD entertainment system and a power rear liftgate. All-wheel drive is an important functional option.

Under the Hood

The CX-9's dual-overhead-cam, 24-valve, variable-valve-timing 3.5-liter V6 is essentially the same excellent new engine that powers its American cousins, the Ford Edge, Lincoln MKX and other upper-level Ford products, but it is assembled, tuned and calibrated by Mazda. It powers the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission or all four with Mazda's available Active Torque-Split all-wheel drive.

3.5-liter V6
263 horsepower @ 6250 rpm
249 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/24 (front-wheel drive), 16/22 (all-wheel drive)

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2007 Mazda CX-9 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 263 Ratings for the 2007 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

Glad I picked this ride

By on Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Style, agility, responsive, comfortable"

Cons: "Gas mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I was shopping for a truck because I haul a lot of stuff around for work. I drove some trucks and they were either too bulky or too stiff and bouncy. I was trading in a Mazda sedan and went to a lot that sold Mazda, Chevy and Kia. The salesman suggested a SUV. I was looking at the CX-9, Traverse and Sorrento. I had also test driven a VW Toureg, Toyota Venza, Subaru Outback, Honda Crosstour and CRV. The CX-9 handled better, had better get up and go, great sight lines form inside the vehicle, nice sized mirrors so I can see, a perfect sized cargo area and a really smooth ride. It was less money than the Chevy, Toyota and Honda Crosstour, was bigger and more suited to my needs than the CRV, Outback and the Toureg but seemed like a higher quality than the Sorrento. My only complaint is the gas mileage. I was hoping for around 24 HWY 16 CITY and get closer to 20-12. Which was what was on the sticker, I just had higher hopes for some reason."

Top notch vehicle

By on Wednesday, July 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Excellent performance and handling."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This has been an excellent vehicle. We never owned a Mazda before and am very happy with this one. I do wish it had backup warning alarms. The locking system can be a small pain. However, it overkills the safety features of that system. Handling and performance is excellent, gas mileage works out to exactly what the factory says. I have owned more than 65 cars in my time and this is certainly one of the best overall."

13 people out of 25 found this review helpful

Incredible smooth ride, tons of room, repair free!

By on Monday, June 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 99,900

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "roomy, comfortable, easy driving"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought new and have not had one problem with it in almost 100,000 miles! I have recently replaced the tires for the 2nd time, and 2 batteries! Other than that, just routine scheduled maintenance! Everyone that gets in loves it for it's comfort, it's lush interior, it's easy handling, incredible roominess, and it looks good too! Highly recommend this vehicle!"

6 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Great car, Does what it's supposed to do.

By on Sunday, May 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 74,900

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great take off speeds, and good riding conditions"

Cons: "Higher speeds can push the front in turns"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Own this car for 4 years now, and haven't had an issue with it. I got used with 58000 miles on it, and now around 74900, and haven't had to anything other than general maintenance. Drives great in Snow and ice. We call it the Mazda-Rati :)"

20 people out of 30 found this review helpful

Great car; very comfortable; little to no problems

By on Tuesday, April 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 105,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great drive; great pick-up; long trips are easy"

Cons: "No cons"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Rides well; very comfortable; great pick-up; 21.5 mpg around town and 24.5 mpg on trips; ride and mileage changed when new Bridgestone Ecopia 422 tires added. Color still looks great after 7 yrs."

15 people out of 27 found this review helpful

Good handling, Good Performance

By on Friday, March 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 73,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "fun to drive"

Cons: "couuld have more cupholders. center console compac"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"After 1200 mile trip very comfortable, drove well gas milage could be better got 20mpg to 22mpg depending on speed under 70mph gets best milage. Vehicle still gets looks and compliments. very well made."

17 people out of 39 found this review helpful

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