Almost forgotten by car buyers, the Mazda CX-9 provides a pleasant three-row SUV alternative. Agile handling that masks its size is a nice surprise, as a run down a twisty back road will attest. The ride is firm and steady, proving comfortable on a variety of roads and the quiet cabin contributes to a calm cruise.
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"The overall handling and response of the CX-9 is excellent. The Master Cylinder and Airbag issues I identified were official recall issues. One has been satisfactorily handled by Mazda. The other is pending the arrival of parts."

KIP K., CA (2011 Mazda CX-9)

"This is a medium size SUV, but it truly handles like it is much smaller. It has a very tight turning radius. You sit up high with great visibility."

Anonymous, ID (2011 Mazda CX-9)

"Excellent handling on mountain roads"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Mazda CX-9)

"The car is a pleasure to drive. I've driven long distances and it handles well on all sorts of roadways and gives me a sense of confidence while on the road."

DAVID M., MD (2011 Mazda CX-9)

"Very good acceleration and very precise handling with all-wheel drive."

HUGH B., VA (2011 Mazda CX-9)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Poor seals around the windows. Excessive wind noise while driving. Mazda tells me it is not covered by my Mazda extended warranty ("trim")."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Mazda CX-9)

"Very good support and visibility, great climate control."

HUGH B., VA (2011 Mazda CX-9)

"The seats are very comfortable, the cabin is very quiet and the ride is sporty without being too stiff."

JOHN M., KS (2011 Mazda CX-9)

"Mainly bought the car because the seats are the best I've ever had. They fit just right. I wish my Sonota was half as good."

W M., TX (2011 Mazda CX-9)

"IIn search for new car, first priority for wife was comfort of the passenger seat.Tested dozens of candidates simply by sitting in the passenger seat. If it failed that test, the model was dropped from the list. Mazda CX-9 matched the comfort of cars costing more, and sometimes exceeded them. The comfort has lasted through use."

Anonymous, NC (2011 Mazda CX-9)

"Noisy at highway speed."

M N., DE (2011 Mazda CX-9)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"excellent handling over rough driving surface. doesn't bottom out or drag. can roll over a curb."

Anonymous, GA (2011 Mazda CX-9)

"We have had absolutely no problems with this car! We bought the top of the line model which was a little pricey, but the safety features that bought as well as the comfort and convenience has been well worth it!"

JOHN M., KS (2011 Mazda CX-9)

"It's loaded and performs like a luxury level SUV for the price of a Mazda."

J F., PA (2011 Mazda CX-9)

"I got a lot more features for the same price as the Toyota I was considering"

W M., TX (2011 Mazda CX-9)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Looking at similar SUV styles, we think the style is better than that of Lexus and othres costing more. It is clean without garish lights, etc."

Anonymous, NC (2011 Mazda CX-9)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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