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

Drivers 3-row CUV more upscale than before

By on Friday, July 15, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 600

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Value, handling/torque, quiet, safety tech, HUD"

Cons: "cargo space lacking,"

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

"My model: Grand Touring AWD Quick take: Pros(+) nice exterior/interior (albeit subjective) considerable low-end torque gives more than adequate acceleration with no discernable turbo lag great handling for the class (drives much smaller than its size) MUCH quieter than other Mazdas Heads Up Display (HUD) is pretty cool and safer since you don't have to look around as much at the dashboard or nav-display - even blindspot warnings appear in the HUD) safety package (for GT trim) includes blindspot monitoring, lane-departure warning/assist, adaptive headlights, auto-highbeam, automatic brake support, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control) Fuel-efficient for the class (21/27 - 23 combined EPA) CONS(-) Cargo area is probably amongst worst in class (71 cubic ft vs. Honda Pilot 100 cubic ft) AC does not seem as strong as before no ventilated seats, no heated rear seats, no panoramic roof, no handsfree auto liftgate Not a lot of extra power after 2-3k rpm (but honestly i haven't had to push the engine in those ranges) 6-way power drivers seat adjustment vs. 8-way (height) adjustment in competitors 3rd-row seats are probably only usable for small kids Towing rating is 3500# which is below competitors overall, the cons don't mean that much to me since i only have 2 kids, don't tow, and don't need a ton of cargo but for those who need those things, those might be deal-breakers. personally the steering/handling and interior quality and quiet but comfortable ride are what did me in. so overall i really like the car and think you get a lot of value for the money."

79 people out of 83 found this review helpful

Top Finishes

By on Wednesday, September 28, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,100

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great price, mpg, luxury feel, fun to drive"

Cons: "No change holder, lack of accessories"

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

"I bought the CX-9 after driving the Pilot, Explorer and the Highlander. For me, I was looking for something practical for our family of 4, but still gave me high class features and finishes. As a previous reviewer mentioned, there are some helpful features missing ie. ventilated seats, hands-free rear gate, etc. But I feel for me the exquisite finishes of my Signature model are more important than those few things. It drives smooth, is super-quiet inside and the Machine Gray color option is super 'creamy'. You can't discern the difference between the 4-cylinder turbo and a 6 in a comparitive brand. Also, we got 27mpg on our recent trip, which for this size vehicle I feel is pretty good. I also can't help but notice the heads turn when they see our car (makes me feel like Matthew McConaughey in the Linclon commercials). And to think it was 10k less than some luxury equivalents, makes my wallet happy."

30 people out of 32 found this review helpful

Beautiful Vehicle

By on Tuesday, September 27, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

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

"I was SUV shopping and was up against Toyota, Honda, Kia and Hyundai in terms of selection. This is the nicest of the bunch in my opinion. It drives wonderfully, is quiet, comfortable and looks so good it's hard not think of it competing with more luxurious brands such as Acura, Audi and Volvo. For $20,000 less than those similarly equipped, it's a bargain. Pros: Beautiful design inside and out. Good power with turbo 2.5 from a standstill into highway speeds. Decent gas mileage. HUD is really useful on this vehicle. Cons: No pano sunroof. No cooled front seats. No Apple carplay/Android auto."

28 people out of 30 found this review helpful

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