Mazda CX-9

Mazda CX-9

About Mazda CX-9

As Mazda’s largest and most powerful SUV, the 2018 CX-9 is also one of the industry’s most appealing 3-row family crossover SUVs. The CX-9’s styling is more seductive than better-known rivals like the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander, and its interior is more alluring than some luxury brands. But, it’s the way the 2018 Mazda CX-9 drives that makes it such a standout, with a light but rigid body and advanced features such as Mazda’s G-Vectoring technology that help improve the CX-9’s cornering ability. The CX-9’s turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is unique in this segment, offering good power and fuel economy, but a limited 3,500-pound tow rating. Being on the smaller side, the CX-9 does offer less interior room than the Ford Explorer or Chevrolet Traverse.

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LATEST MODEL
2018 Mazda CX-9
What's new for 2018?
2018 Mazda CX-9

Mazda’s 2018 CX-9 sees a number of improvements, starting with making Smart City Brake Support, rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring standard on every vehicle. A revised 2nd-row seat, G-Vectoring Control and additional standard equipment for the Sport and Touring trims round out the changes of note.

  • Expert Rating: 8.2
  • Consumers Rating: 9.6
  • MPG 22|28
2017 Mazda CX-9
What's new for 2017?
2017 Mazda CX-9

All-new last year, the 2017 Mazda CX-9 carries over with few changes. Among them, the Smart City Brake Support -- an automatic emergency braking system -- becomes standard on Touring trims.

2016 Mazda CX-9
What's new for 2016?
2016 Mazda CX-9

The Mazda CX-9 is all-new for 2016. Now in its second generation, Mazda's largest and priciest SUV receives a svelte new skin, plush interior, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, and a host of safety and driving aids. The new, amenity-laden Signature trim could pass as a luxury SUV at a serious discount.

2015 Mazda CX-9
What's new for 2015?
2015 Mazda CX-9

Not much has changed for the 2015 Mazda CX-9. A new Titanium Flash color joins the palette, and a new Recreational Accessory Package adds roof rails, cross bars, a cargo net and stainless-steel rear bumper guard to certain combinations in Touring and Grand Touring models.

2014 Mazda CX-9
What's new for 2014?
2014 Mazda CX-9

The CX-9 mostly carries over for 2014. Slight changes include updated wheels and the addition of rear cross-traffic alert on Touring and Grand Touring models.

2013 Mazda CX-9
What's new for 2013?
2013 Mazda CX-9

For 2013, the CX-9 receives a freshened exterior with a new design front and rear. Inside, a 5.8-inch color touchscreen is standard, as is a new infotainment system with HD Radio, Pandora Internet radio connectivity, text-to-speech capability, and a new microphone for better speech recognition. Blind-spot monitoring and a rear-view camera now come to the mid-level Touring models.

2012 Mazda CX-9
What's new for 2012?
2012 Mazda CX-9

There are no major changes for 2012.

2011 Mazda CX-9
What's new for 2011?
2011 Mazda CX-9

Other then improved fuel economy and some new wheels, there are no major changes for the 2011 Mazda CX-9.

2010 Mazda CX-9
What's new for 2010?
2010 Mazda CX-9

For 2010, the CX-9 receives a slight exterior and interior refresh, gaining the company's new signature front end, large side mirrors and a new headlamp/fog light design.

2009 Mazda CX-9
What's new for 2009?
2009 Mazda CX-9

For 2010, the CX-9 receives a slight exterior and interior refresh, gaining the company's new signature front end, large side mirrors and a new headlamp/fog light design.

2008 Mazda CX-9
What's new for 2008?
2008 Mazda CX-9

A new 3.7-liter V6 replaces last year's 3.5-liter unit and provides more horsepower and torque. Mazda's Blind Spot Monitoring System will be available later in the model year.

2007 Mazda CX-9
What's new for 2007?
2007 Mazda CX-9

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.

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Consumer Reviews

Sport family hauler SUV

By on Thursday, December 14, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Styling, Sporty drive, Bose Music, Freeway mpg"

Cons: "City mpg, Infotainment system"

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

"CX-9 (2016 Grand-Touring AWD) is a nice family SUV that is very practical and fun to drive. I have driven 12k miles already and enjoy owing this SUV. Looks: This is definitely a great looking SUV and since I have started owning it, I have noticed it grabbing the attention of quite a few drivers on road. Space: We are a family of four with adults slightly less than 6ft. Front seating feels luxurious. I can position seats in all rows so that passengers in all 3 rows can have good leg room and are very comfortable. Some reviews talk about leg room in 3rd row being small but it is quite sufficient for kids and even for adults less than 6ft for long drives. Trunk space is large when 3rd row seats folded but with 3rd rows seats up, only small items can be carried in trunk. Interior Noise Levels: Mazda has done a great job in insulating the cabin very well from outside noise. Interior is noticeably quieter. Mazda could have done a slightly better job at insulating the interior from its own engine noise that is slightly more noticeable at lower gears when engine revs past 2000rpm. But once the engine settles at a cruising speed, the engine sound is hardly noticeable. Driving and Handling: This is one of the most loveable aspect of this SUV. It never felt like driving a big SUV either on city or on freeways, feels like driving a sporty sedan. Few reviews mentioned about the Mazdas hard steering and I used to think that soft to turn steering is good but later when driving cars of both type of steering I now appreciate why the steering that hardens with increasing speed is better. It gives much more confidence of vehicle stability in freeways where keeping your vehicle in lane feels much more easy and natural. The vehicle has no body roll whatsoever. When existing freeways with 360 degree turns, I can overtake a sedan in a 360 turn with the vehicle absolutely in control. Power and Acceleration: Lot of reviews talk about the initial acceleration when moving from stops. May be those were reviews by people who expect to see a turbo lag typically associated with the turbos. The initial pick is nothing special and of course the vehicle moves from stop as brisk as non-turbo sedans. What excites more about the acceleration is when the vehicle is past 35-40mph, especially on freeways, the way it pulls so linearly and cleanly without revving high. It is absolute pleasure to rev from 40mph all the way up to 75mph on freeways. I have overtaken any car that I wanted to, on the highway in this speed range. Fuel efficiency: This is bit of a disappointment based on what was advertised. I drive this car a lot in busy LA traffic and mpg gets as worse as 16mpg in city driving. The best I get is on freeways (Again, LA freeways are not really freeways anymore) where I have witnessed 24-26mpg. In a mixed driving conditions the best I get is anywhere between 19-21mpg. Safety and other features: Adaptive Cruise Control: Mazda has achieved near perfection in this. The radar based adaptive cruise control is very reliable and I use it all possible times. My previous sedan, when on cruise control and on a slope, would rev till red line pumping up my adrenaline and forcing me to cancel the cruise control and take control. But CX-9 scores best here where the acceleration and braking is so natural like the way an actual driver would drive. The cruise control is tuned so nicely that I get the best mpg when on adaptive cruise control. Automatic Braking: It has both city and highway automatic breaking. I have witnessed it working appropriately. The only concern here is that the automatic braking is an abrupt slam on the brakes, scaring passengers. Wish the braking is much more gently quick like the adaptive cruise control braking. Can definitely save you from a frontal collision. Sensitivity can be adjusted. Overhead display on front glass: Thought this is just a fancy feature but I am now so used to this display for speed limit checks and navigation. Very useful. Lane keep assist: Recognized lanes well as long as lane markings are visible and it does gently warn lane departures and it does bring back car on driving lane without overshooting and going on the otherwise. Nice job. When on freeways, turn on adaptive cruise control and adjust lane keep assist sensitivity, you may avoid an accident. Infotainment System: This is the bummer from Mazda. The initial software was too buggy and the system used to reboot every 5 miles. Even after 3 upgrades, the software is very slow. It does not crash anymore (hopefully) but it is still very slow and sometimes it plays audio without any display, not even the rear camera view. I stop and start the car to get the display back. Mazda should think about outsourcing this to someone who is good at writing software and they should focus on making good cars. Some complain about the placement of controls but I find it convenient and easy to use. Music System: Bose premium system was one of the main deciding factors for me in buying this car. Bose has done an excellent job of placing the speakers and subs such that sound is so uniform wherever you sit inside the car. The subs are not just at the back, there is a sub in the front too and even the front row passengers enjoy the lows from front subs. In other car music system I have had, as you crank up the volume, the music turns to noise. Bose has some special ways to increase volume where the clarity increases with volume. The bass is bit too high on some music and I generally keep it slightly below mid-point for a pleasant hearing. Overall, I love the Bose sound quality. Navigation: Quality of the tom-tom map UI is not great (Google maps to blame). Nicely integrated with audio system to play instruction only on driver side speaker without bothering other passengers. It is definitely a usable system but I use both Google maps and inbuilt navigation. Voice instructions are not annoying as in some systems."

17 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Sporty, Comfortable, Fun to drive SUV

By on Sunday, August 6, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,880

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive, quiet, comfortable, sporty"

Cons: "No pre-set buttons for radio stations"

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

"I have been driving the Grand Touring version of the 2016 CX-9 for nearly a half year. Drove it from St. Louis to Ft. Lauderdale eight days after I received the keys and enjoyed every minute driving this car. The drive was comfortable, quiet and exhilarating. Mazda definitely knows how to assemble all of the parts in a manner to make for fun and pleasurable driving. With the 20 wheels sporting 255/50 all season rubber you do feel the pavement a little, but it is in no way harsh and provides great steering wheel feedback of the pavement. The steering is precise and responsive as are the breaks. The turbo assisted four banger gives surprising acceleration both from a dead stop to a nice boost even with the speedometer registering 65 MPH. The seats are comfortable, the A/C performed very well, thank you, during the recent century plus temperatures here in St. Louis. The radar assisted cruise control keeps you and a safe distance from the vehicle ahead as it automatically adjust your speed. The 12 speaker sound system sounds great and the 8 color display screen gives a good view of the navigation system."

10 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Best vehicle ever for family and fun to drive

By on Monday, January 15, 2018

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 520

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Well designed, fun to drive. comfortable."

Cons: "Cargo unless 1 or 2 of 3rd row seats folded down"

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

"Beautiful Soul Red, full of energy with turbo 2.5 L, lots of interior room including third row seating. A bit short on cargo space, but rear seats fold down for a lot of extra space if its needed. Interior is well designed, with luxury feel. Instruments easy to use and handy. Love all the great safety features and also the info system. Looked at Pilot, Highlander, and just loved and kept coming back to the CX-9. Have no regrets whatsoever!"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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