Used 2015 MAZDA CX‑9 SUV
MAZDA CX‑9 SUV
Attractive but aging, the 2015 Mazda CX-9 still looks good enough and drives well enough to hold its own against newer 7-passenger SUVs.
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The 2015 Mazda CX-9 is the company's largest model, a 3-row, 7-passenger crossover SUV designed to go head-to-head against the likes of the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder and many others. However, the Mazda CX-9 does this with something special up its sleeve: Mazda-ness. That means it's designed to be fun to drive, and while it definitely has a leg up on competitors like the Highlander and the Chevrolet Traverse, the reality is that the CX-9 has been around since the 2007 model year, and its age is starting to show in the way it's equipped and packaged, and in fuel economy. Nonetheless, the CX-9 boasts a powerful V6 engine and enough visual punch to stand out from its competition.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you need the 7-passenger hauling of a 3-row midsize SUV, but you refuse to blend in with the crowd, the 2015 Mazda CX-9 presents a nicely styled alternative to mainstream offerings.
You May Not Like This Car If...
The Mazda CX-9 doesn't offer many features found in competitors, like adaptive cruise control, and the third row is definitely kids-only. There are also other SUVs that offer notably more towing capacity than the 3,500-pound limit.
What's New for 2015
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.
The Mazda CX-9 used to be the "fun" choice for 3-row crossover-SUV buyers, a characteristic backed up by its style, its powerful V6 engine and its sharp handling. However, time has marched on, and many of the Mazda CX-9's competitors have undergone a full redesign since this big Mazda entered the market for the 2007 model year, and some models like the Ford Flex even have a fun-to-drive advantage. The Mazda's heavy steering builds effort nicely in corners, and while the CX-9 still holds its own in a corner, the suspension can be stiff around town. That said, this isn't a market segment defined by fun-to-drive vehicles, so the fact that the Mazda CX-9 offers some bite in corners is still a noteworthy difference for SUV buyers. When you're just cruising around town, the CX-9 offers the amenities, quiet and creature comforts you'd expect from this class.
REAR CROSS-TRAFFIC ALERT
New last year, this safety system alerts drivers when a vehicle is about to cross behind the CX-9. Considering the CX-9's thick blind spots, it's especially helpful when backing out of busy parking lots.
FLEXIBLE 2ND-ROW SEAT
The 2015 Mazda CX-9's 2nd-row seat folds in a 60/40 split, pretty common for the class. However, it also reclines and offers easy access to the third row via a 1-handed release. It makes it a lot more flexible, and easier for kids to get to the third row.
The Mazda CX-9’s comfortable interior offers plenty of luxury features, but is starting to look a little dated in some areas. First the good. The driver and front passenger have plenty of space, and the 2nd-row passengers get great leg- and headroom as well. Everything is easy to find and use, and there's decent storage space in the center console bin, glove box and various door-mounted bins. Unfortunately, the navigation system boasts a low-resolution, dated interface; there's little cargo space behind the third row, and that third row is strictly for the under-10 set.
While the 2015 Mazda CX-9 may be a familiar face, it has aged very well, and remains one of the more stylish 3-row crossover SUVs you can buy. Design updates have helped, most notably a couple years ago, when the CX-9 got a new grille that brought it more into line with the rest of the Mazda lineup. At the rear are bold red taillights and shiny twin exhaust outlets.
Notable Standard Equipment
The 2015 Mazda CX-9 comes in Sport, Touring and Grand Touring models, all offering six airbags, anti-lock brakes and stability and traction controls. Sport models get 3-zone automatic climate control, a 5.8-inch touch-screen infotainment system with a 6-speaker HD Radio, and auxiliary and USB inputs, cruise control, remote keyless entry and 18-inch wheels. Touring models add blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, a rearview camera and leather upholstery with heated power front seats. The Grand Touring models add 3-position-memory to the driver's seat, automatic bi-xenon headlights, power tailgate, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rearview mirror and 20-inch wheels.
Notable Optional Equipment
The most prominent option on all 2015 Mazda CX-9 is swapping the standard front-wheel drive (FWD) with Mazda’s Torque Split All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system. With the exception of a power driver's seat, that's it for options on Sport models, but Touring and Grand Touring models can be equipped with a navigation system, power moonroof and 10-speaker Bose premium audio system. Grand Touring buyers also can add a rear-seat entertainment system that includes a DVD player and 9-inch screen. A Towing Prep package available on FWD models (standard with AWD) ups the CX-9 towing capacity from 2,000 pounds to 3,500 pounds.
Under the Hood
The 2015 Mazda CX-9 carries on with a 3.7-liter V6 with 273 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. It's plenty of muscle to get the CX-9 moving briskly, and in all models it's connected to a 6-speed automatic transmission with a manual-shift mode. CX-9s come standard with front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available and is a smart option if you regularly drive in inclement weather, especially snow. While the engine has plenty of grunt, its fuel economy of 24 mpg on the highway lags many competitors. However, it drinks regular unleaded gasoline.
273 horsepower @ 6,250 rpm
270 lb-ft of torque @ 4,250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 mpg (FWD), 16/22 mpg (AWD)
The base 2015 Mazda CX-9 Sport SUV has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting just below the $31,000 mark if you want front-wheel drive. However, the $33,300 Touring model offers leather upholstery and access to more options, making it well worth the extra money. If you want to go all-in, the Grand Touring model starts at about $36,000. All-wheel drive adds about $1,600 to the price of any model. A fully loaded Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring can crest the $40,000 mark. There's a lot of competition at that level, including the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Chevrolet Traverse and Toyota Highlander. Be sure to check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to find out what others in your area are paying. The CX-9's resale value is expected to be good, near that of the Honda Pilot and Ford Explorer, but to trail that of the Toyota Highlander and Nissan Pathfinder.
MAZDA CX-9 Consumer Reviews
July 23, 2018
A great car. Drives like a much smaller car.
Might be the best vehicle that Ive ever owned (Im 50 years old). A great car, which handles like a much smaller vehicle (my previous...
2009 GT FWD
November 19, 2017
Great Family SUV - Would buy another
Bought an 2009 Grand Touring (FWD) used with 39K miles. Have owned it for just under 3 years and driven just over 80K miles. Has been...
September 17, 2017
Highly recommend a Mazda CX9
I purchased my CX9 in 2008. This vehicle is very reliable. Even after years of supporting a family of four the interior is still in...
July 17, 2017
why cant Mazda give you a key that will last
I am outraged that Mazda doesnt supply you with a key fob that will last for the life of the car. Their electronic keys/fob are the...
June 30, 2017
I bought this car in November of 2012 from a dealer. It has been extremely reliable. I have never had any issues with the car except...
June 22, 2017
Love my car
I went from a 2 door Accord coupe to a 2013 CX-9 Grand Touring. I absolutely love it. I love the size, love the looks. Ill be honest,...
August 25, 2016
Love my Cx9
I have been a Honda girl for my past 4 cars however on a suggestion, I went to Mazda and tested drove the cx9 and it was love at first...
August 15, 2016
Great Car Super Reliable we put 190000 miles on it
Great car small door leak wind whistles through it that is our only complaint. We drove this car to 190000 miles only having to change...
May 13, 2016
Really nice SUV and Priced right
Nice comfortable driving car for trips. Plenty of room. Never really used the 2 seats in the back but have carried 5 adult passengers...
April 26, 2016
Excellent SUV for the price
This is my 2nd CX9 Grand Touring, I LOVE my car!! I traded-down from the Acura MDX which was a great car. I drove the Acura to 100K...