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This stylish, three-row SUV is quite engaging to drive, thanks to nimble handling that makes it feel like a smaller vehicle. Power comes from a responsive, free-revving 227-hp, 2.5-liter turbo four-cylinder mated to a smooth six-speed automatic.
We got 22 mpg overall. The ride is very comfortable, and the cabin is very quiet. The interior is well-finished, particularly on the Signature trim, and the seats are comfortable. The second-row seating is generous, and high-end versions have individual captain's chairs instead of a bench. The third row is predictably tight. Mazda's infotainment system takes time to master. Fortunately, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility is standard. FCW, AEB with pedestrian detection, and BSW are standard. For 2022, all CX-9s come in all-wheel drive.
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2016-2021
2016 Redesign Year
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; it puts out plenty of power on regular. We got an impressive 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. Updates for 2018 included standard forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and blind spot warning. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities were added to the infotainment system for 2019. Slight suspension tweaks and noise reduction measures were also new. For 2020, captain's chairs in the second row are optional on Touring and Grand Touring. Pedestrian detection is standard. Updates for 2021 included a new infotainment system, but we found it more difficult to use. All-wheel drive is standard for 2022.
$33,900 - $42,925
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$31,000 - $39,700
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$26,750 - $37,050
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$23,225 - $33,675
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$18,975 - $27,925
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$16,675 - $24,475
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2007-2015
2007 Redesign Year
The car-based, three-row CX-9 looks like a longer version of the CX-7 but is much nicer. Overall, it is a bit of a hidden gem.
Based on a stretched version of the platform of the Ford Edge, the Mazda is quieter, more agile, and has a nicer interior with attractive trim. The third-row seat is small but relatively easy to access. Handling is taut and agile, plus the ride is firm and steady, yet comfortable. Braking distances are a bit long though. The 60/40-split second-row seats slide fore and aft for greater second- or third-row legroom. The CX-9 initially used Ford's punchy, 3.5-liter V6 engine, but it got a smoother, more refined 3.7-liter V6 in 2008. Neither engine is particularly fuel-efficient. The optional blind-spot warning system works well, but the CX-9 performed poorly when tested in the IIHS small-overlap crash test. The CX-9 soldered on for many years without a redesign, making later model years feel comparatively dated next to the competition.
$11,775 - $16,625
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$10,925 - $14,125
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$9,675 - $12,750
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$8,325 - $11,375
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$7,375 - $10,725
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$7,450 - $8,300
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$6,825 - $7,800
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$6,350 - $7,200
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$6,075 - $6,900
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