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Mazda's CX-9 is a stylish three-row SUV that 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. Though second-row seating is generous, the third row is predictably tight. Mazda's dial-controlled infotainment system takes time to master. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection are standard. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility is a new addition to the infotainment system.
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2016-2019
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.
$26,250 - $35,150
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$23,150 - $31,625
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$20,925 - $28,875
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$17,350 - $24,800
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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.
$12,025 - $16,900
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$10,450 - $13,600
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$9,050 - $11,700
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$8,000 - $11,125
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$6,975 - $10,400
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$7,525 - $8,500
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$6,825 - $7,850
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$6,200 - $7,250
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$5,575 - $6,350
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