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This stylish, three-row SUV is quite engaging to drive, thanks to its 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 commendably 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 captains' 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.
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2016-2020
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. All but the base trim come with blind spot monitoring. Available safety features include automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning.
$30,375 - $38,350
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$26,500 - $36,850
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$24,675 - $34,675
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$20,775 - $30,200
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$16,650 - $25,075
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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.
$12,375 - $17,525
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$11,175 - $14,600
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$9,800 - $12,750
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$8,500 - $11,900
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$7,775 - $11,475
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$7,900 - $8,875
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$7,375 - $8,375
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$6,750 - $7,675
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$6,075 - $6,850
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