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Mazda's CX-9 is a stylish three-row SUV that is quite engaging to drive. Power comes from a responsive, free-revving 227-hp, 2.5-liter turbo four-cylinder mated to a smooth six-speed automatic. This engine is rated at 250 hp if you use premium fuel, but there's no reason to do so. We got 22 mpg overall. Mazda's flagship SUV has nimble handling that makes it feel like a smaller vehicle. The ride is very comfortable, and the cabin is commendably quiet. The interior is well-finished, particularly on high-end trims, and features comfortable seats, but the cockpit is snug and power-seat adjustments are limited. Mazda's dial-controlled infotainment system takes time to master. Available safety features include automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring.

Road Test

"Driving Matters" is the tagline Mazda uses to promote its CX-9 three-row family mover, casting it as the driver’s choice among the soccer-mom mobile crowd. Turns out that this slogan is quite apt; the CX-9 is particularly agile, comfortable...

Highs

  • Nimble handling for its size
  • Effortless power delivery

Lows

  • Cumbersome infotainment system<br/>
  • Limited front seat adjustments and narrow driving position

Best Version to Get

The Touring with the Touring Premium package is the best value; it includes a lot of features for right around $40,000. That said, we wouldn't look askance if you bought a Grand Touring for its added safety equipment. Only get a Signature if you really want the brown leather or the real w...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 3 year/unlimited
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 turbo (227 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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