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Mazda CX-9

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2015 Mazda CX-9 – Sport FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6 Auto Trans (Base Trim)

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We liked
  • Surprisingly Fun To Drive For Size
  • Usable Third Row
We disliked
  • Showing Its Age
  • Fuel Economy Lags Newer Competitors
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MSRP
$29,985
MPG
17 / 24
City/Hwy
ENGINE
3.7L V6
HORSE POWER
273 hp
@ 6,250 rpm
TORQUE
270 ft lb
of torque @ 4,250 rpm
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The Mazda CX-9 is somewhat of a contradiction for a brand that’s built its reputation on making nimble, lightweight, fun-to-drive vehicles. At more than 4,500 pounds, the CX-9 is hardly lightweight, and at more than 200 inches long, it’s by far the largest vehicle in the brand’s lineup. But even as a large crossover, the CX-9 is somehow able to retain Mazda’s fun-to-drive essence, with quick, responsive steering, and suspension that nicely balances ride quality and handling. Now in its eighth model year without any major mechanical changes, the CX-9 is showing its age. The interior controls are starting to look and feel a little dated and its fuel economy falls near the rear of the pack of its mid-to-fullsize crossover competitors. It may not be the newest kid on the block, but the CX-9 still offers a compelling combination of utility and driving enjoyment.

REVIEW

Mazda's CX-9 crossover has had the ability to put a spell on us since the beginning. Not only did we name it our 2008 Sport/Utility of the year, we placed it ahead of five of its competitors in a 2011 comparison test as well. The introduction of numerous new or refreshed competitors hasn't made CX-9's combination of practicality and driving enjoyment any less compelling, but that doesn't mean Mazda has been content to stand still. For 2013, the CX-9 has been updated extensively, receiving, among other things, a new nose featuring Mazda's new Kodo design language, giving it familial similarity with the smaller CX-5 and new 2014 Mazda6 sedan. The five-point grille and redesigned headlights give the CX-9 a fresher, more contemporary look, but from the A-pillar rearward, exterior changes are minimal.
Photo 2/23   |   2013 Mazda CX 9 Grand Touring Front Three Quarter Turn
Inside, it's a similar story, with the main theme being electronics and feature updates. A new 5.8-inch multi-information display features TomTom navigation, which is updatable by the owner via an SD slot. The audio system also now features HD Radio and Pandora integration. The head unit also allows for audio text message receipt and delivery as well as visual text message display.
Photo 3/23   |   2013 Mazda CX 9 Grand Touring Engine
Despite these tech updates, the CX-9's cabin is starting to show its age. Our Grand Touring model was equipped with keyless ignition, but instead of push-button start, the CX-9 features a twist tumbler switch. Although intuitive, it comes across as a cost-cutting measure. However, it's not as egregious as some models that have a plastic plug covering the ignition hole on the steering column. Overall quality of the materials and design is befitting that of a $40,000 crossover.
The CX-9 continues to have a firm, athletic feel, though the ride isn't harsh. Steering is direct, appropriately weighted, with ample feedback. The ride is controlled, but comfortable. However, there's no mistaking the CX-9's 4515 pounds. It will never be taken for a Miata. Then again, a Miata doesn't have three rows of seating for actual adults, while still giving you more than 17 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row. Although we wouldn't recommend a 500-mile road trip in the CX-9's third row, it's plenty accommodating for adults for short jaunts. GM's Lambda models still take the gold in third-row room and comfort, but the CX-9 is not far behind.
The 3.7-liter V-6 carries over from the 2012 model, and aside from its being a little behind its peers in rated fuel economy, we have no major complaints. Its 273 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque provide plenty of power for normal driving situations, delivering a 7.5-second 0-60 time and 15.9-second quarter mile. Engine sound quality and volume is appropriately refined for the class.
Photo 10/23   |   2013 Mazda CX 9 Grand Touring Rear Three Quarters
The CX-9 remains a compelling package in the large crossover class, and is still benchmarked by other manufacturers as one of the best examples of the genre. However, there are some areas for improvement. Obviously, the CX-9 is starting to be surpassed by its peers in fuel economy. Shedding a few hundred pounds, as well as switching to a more efficient engine would make it class-competitive in that increasingly important category. Also, a more contemporary cabin and switchgear, beyond its mid-cycle refresh, would complete the update promised by the new Kodo-fied nose.
But we'd caution Mazda not to downsize the CX-9 too much, as its size gives it a meaningful edge in versatility and practicality over many of its peers, most of which are slightly but noticeably smaller. Balancing size and weight is easier said than done, especially while maintaining an affordable mass-market price point. But if any brand can do it, it would be Mazda.
Photo 11/23   |   2013 Mazda CX 9 Grand Touring Interior Seats
As it stands, the 2013 CX-9 is a worthwhile refresh that maintains all of the core attributes that have made it a favorite among our staff and buyers, while bringing it in line with the post-iPhone world of connectivity and convenience. If you enjoy driving, but practical necessities require a three-row crossover, the CX-9 remains one of the best choices available.

2013 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring AWD
BASE PRICE $37,170
PRICE AS TESTED $39,605
VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, AWD, 7-pass, 4-door SUV
ENGINE 3.7L/273-hp/270-lb V-6
TRANSMISSION 6-speed automatic
CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 4516 lb (56/44%)
WHEELBASE 113.2 in
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 200.6 x 76.2 x 68.0 in
0-60 MPH 7.5 sec
QUARTER MILE 15.9 sec @ 88.0 mph
BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 116 ft
LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.78 g (avg)
MT FIGURE EIGHT 28.1 sec @ 0.62 g (avg)
EPA CITY/HWY FUEL ECON 16/22 mpg
ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 211/153 kW-hrs/100 mi
CO2 EMISSIONS 1.06 lb/mi
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2015 Mazda CX-9

SPECIFICATIONS
$29,985
17 / 24
3.7L V6
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2014 Mazda CX-9

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$29,985
17 / 24
3.7L V6
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2014 Mazda CX-9 Priced at $30,780, AWD GT Trim at $37,420
The 2014 Mazda CX-9 has been priced, with front- drive Sport models starting at $30,780 including $795 destination, and the range-topping all-wheel-drive Grand Touring starting at $37,420.
Alex NishimotoSep 20, 2013

2013 Mazda CX-9

SPECIFICATIONS
$29,785
17 / 24
3.7L V6
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2013 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring AWD First Test
Kodo's Time to Shine, but Skyactiv? Not Yet
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The 2013 Mazda CX-9 has been updated extensively, receiving, among other things, a new nose featuring Mazda's new Kodo design language, giving it familial similarity with the smaller CX-5.
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Details, Pricing on Updated U.S.-Spec 2013 Mazda CX-9 Released
All 2013 Mazda CX-9 crossovers headed to U.S. dealerships get the same styling changes we've seen from CX-9s debuting elsewhere around the world.
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2012 Mazda CX-9

SPECIFICATIONS
$29,725
17 / 24
3.7L V6
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2011 Mazda CX-9

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$29,135
17 / 24
3.7L V6
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Truck Trend news
More Choices for Mazda CX-9 Customers in Australia
Mazda's Australian arm has just announced a pair of front-wheel drive variants to join the current CX-9 product line up at the end of July.
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2010 Mazda CX-9

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$28,805
16 / 22
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First Drive: 2010 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring
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Refreshed 2010 Mazda CX-9 and CX-7 Set For 2009 New York Show Debut
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2009 Mazda CX-9

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$29,820
16 / 22
3.7L V6
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Mazda Sends Out 30,600 Recalls On CX-9 for Possible Seat Wiring Malfunction
This week, Mazda issued a recall pertaining to 2007-09 model year CX-9s equipped with power-adjustable seats with memory function.
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Mazda CEO Jim O'Sullivan announced to his dealers today the Japanese automaker will drop Ford Motor Credit Co. as its primary dealer finance lender in the U.S.
Nate MartinezSep 25, 2008

2008 Mazda CX-9

SPECIFICATIONS
$29,400
16 / 22
3.7L V6
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NHTSA Investigating Mazda CX-9 Crossover for Brake Issue
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating the Mazda CX-9 for possible brake degradation due to leaking brake fluid.
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Long Term Verdict: 2008 Mazda CX-9 GT AWD
Flirting With Perfection
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2008 Mazda CX9 Long Term Update 7
16 months and 36,291 miles - The CX-9 is a great winter SUV for all but the absolute worst conditions.
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2008 Mazda CX9 Long Term Update 6
14 months and 32,868 miles - "The CX-9's combo of strong power and positive handling combine to betray its real size and weight."
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8 months and 19,412 miles - With nearly 20,000 miles in only eight months of service, our long-term CX-9 is racking up the amount of mileage we're accustomed to seeing from ultra-utilitarian minivans. Why?
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2007 Mazda CX-9

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$29,035
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