Mazda CX-9

Mazda CX-9

About Mazda CX-9

Reborn last year into a svelte new form with premium appeal, the 2017 CX-9 is Mazda's largest and most powerful SUV. With three rows and seating for seven, the Mazda CX-9 is in the same category as midsize-crossover SUVs such as the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer. But one spin in Mazda's flagship SUV proves it's in a different league when it comes to road manners. Simply put, the Mazda CX-9 is the most fun-to-drive SUV in its class. As with other Mazdas, the CX-9 isn't the segment's most powerful, but its taut handling and turbocharged engine imbue this crossover SUV with athletic flair. The flip side of the equation comes in practicality, as the CX-9 has less room for kids and cargo.

LATEST MODEL
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.

  • Expert Rating: 8.3
  • Consumers Rating: 9.6
  • MPG 22|28
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.

Consumer Reviews

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
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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."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Upgraded from 2016.5 CX-5 To 2018 CX-9

By on Friday, December 8, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 453

10 10.0
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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: "Great Engine, Handling, comfort, interior design"

Cons: "No Xm included in the radio"

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

"Now dont get me wrong, I loved my 2016.5 CX-5, but I ended up having to take it to the shop for some repairs (My fault) and I was given a 2018 CX-9 Signature as a loaner. I think they did that on purpose as I fell in love with the CX-9 handling, comfort, amenities and amazing Turbo engine. Needless to say, when I returned the loaner and took home the CX-5 I knew that i would trade up. I justified all this by my growing family needs. Next day I called my dealership (Sports Mazda-They are great) and told them I was looking for a touring model and what I wanted-color wise, etc. When I arrived the 2018 CX-9 was waiting for me (Metallic Blue) and looked amazing with the light color leather interior. I fell in love with the Suv and have not regretted upgrading to this model from the CX-5. The engine is amazing....would never had guess there wasnt a bigger engine underneath. Having 310 pounds of Torque at 2000 rpm makes a world of difference. It is fast, quiet and has wonderful handling for a vehicle this large. And boy is it quiet. As much as I loved my CX-5, it was far noisier.....this car is so quiet....luxury quiet. Everyone in the family loves the color and how beautiful this car looks. I just had the windows tinted and it looks more amazing. If I had one negative thing to say about the car, it is the fact that the Touring model does not have XM on the radio unit. I had this in the 2016.5 CX-5 GT and I cant believe its not included on a car that is worth this much money. Otherwise, I love the car, love the Zoom Zoom feeling and I cant wait to find excuses to drive around."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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."

80 people out of 84 found this review helpful

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