2017 Mazda CX-9 Buyer's Guide
The Sportiest, Most Stylish Family Hauler in its Class
Mazda's gorgeous, totally redesigned second-generation CX-9 is lighter, more upscale and more tech-savvy than the previous model. It features a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that delivers more accessible oomph than the adequate but dated V6 it replaces, and also offers significantly improved fuel economy.
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 Mazda CX-9.
Fun for the Whole Family
From our 2017 Mazda CX-9 expert review: "Compared to competitors, the CX-9 feels lighter on its feet and more nimble. The CX-9 is highly enjoyable to drive. It's one of the few SUVs that not only puts up with hard cornering and enthusiastic driving, but also relishes it. As we've noted, the turbocharged 4-cylinder doesn't win the horsepower race, but its stout 310 units of torque provide ample grunt."
Compare and Contrast
We recently pitted the CX-9 against some of the heaviest hitters in the segment, taking six midsize SUVs on a lengthy journey through deserts and mountains, over winding roads and highways. See how all of these new and recently updated models fared in our Midsize SUV comparison.
KBB visitor and CX-9 owner Matt has this to say about Mazda's midsize SUV: "Most important to me were all the safety features for my wife. The HUD display is awesome. The lane assist, blind side warning, parking assist, emergency brake, radar assist for cruise control are all great. My wife has felt so much safer compared to the mini van she was driving. As other posters have noted the cargo area is lacking but just fold the 3rd row seats and your good to go. The turbo 4 cylinder is great." Read more Mazda CX-9 consumer reviews.
Build and Price
Pricing for the 2017 Mazda CX-9 starts at over $32,000 for the Sport and tops out near $46,000 for the near-luxury Signature model. Build and price your own 2017 Mazda CX-9 right here at KBB.com to unlock its Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.
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. If you just want to see more Mazda vehicles, check out our Mazda Buyer's Guide.