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.
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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 drive feels great, the car responds as it should"

Carlos R., NC (2011 Mazda CX-9)

"Handles like a much smaller vehicle. Very nimble and responsive with just the right amount of feedback to the driver"

William C., PA (2011 Mazda CX-9)

"Very responsiove engine, very nimble handling."

Anonymous, VA (2011 Mazda CX-9)

"Acceleration is very good for a 6 cylinder, the handling is very good, and am very happy with its parking ability"

Anonymous, HI (2011 Mazda CX-9)

"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)

"I like how this vehicle drives. It's my first V-6, so I really appreciate the pick-up. That said, it is also my first SUV, so it is much bigger than the sedans that I'm used to driving. If I had it to do all over again, I might pick the CX-5 which seats five instead of the CX-9 which seats seven due to the size, gas mileage, and ease of parking of a smaller vehicle."

Anonymous, TN (2011 Mazda CX-9)

"I enjoy the Mazda CX-9 driving performance. It really is my “zoom zoom‿. However, at around 30000 miles, it began having so,e issues. The first thing that started going out were the automatic windows. After that, the braking system, not just the pads, went out. Then there was a recall on the passenger side airbag, which informed us not the let anyone sit in front passenger seat, as there was a possibility of decapitating until it was repaired. Currently, I am having issues with the indoor lighting system and the back automatic hatch door no longer works automatically, but these last couple of issues didn’t occur until after 50,000 miles. I am thankful that I purchased an extended warranty. There have not been any major issues, so overall, I am still satisfied with my zoom zoom, and plan on keeping it another 7 years, so we shall see....."

Wendelyn D., TX (2011 Mazda CX-9)

"This car rides quite nicely, handling local and highway demands well. Acceleration and handling are both good, considering the size of the vehicle."

Mark P., NY (2011 Mazda CX-9)

"Very good initial acceleration and handles like a charm. Only negative is when seeking immediate acceleration from a moderate speed there is a brief pause, followed by an almost jerking acceleration."

Timothy C., OH (2011 Mazda CX-9)

"This vehicle is responsive and predictable on any type of road."

Glenn M., KY (2011 Mazda CX-9)

"Excellent."

Anonymous, OR (2011 Mazda CX-9)

"It has very good acceleration and handling"

Anonymous, IA (2011 Mazda CX-9)

"Took long road trip for first time w my CX9. It was great. Driving was easy & performance of moving parts was superb."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Mazda CX-9)

"Strong acceleration with the 6 cyl engine, handling is OK, torque steer is noticeable under heavy acceleration"

M H., AZ (2011 Mazda CX-9)

"responsive handling and acceleration, easy to park, good visibility"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Mazda CX-9)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Very comfortable and supportive seats, low external noise, very comfortable ride with good road feel."

Anonymous, VA (2011 Mazda CX-9)

"Comfortable seats and lots of them."

Anonymous, WI (2011 Mazda CX-9)

"The seats are too snug for me"

Michael T., GA (2011 Mazda CX-9)

"Love the comfort in my cx9 the car feels great, almost sport car like"

Carlos R., NC (2011 Mazda CX-9)

"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)

"I really love the CX9, it has pleased in a number of areas. Comfort, acceleration, looks, suspension. Access of controls, features. The only item was just a few months ago the Transfer Case went at only 52,000 miles, which was a $2,000 repair. After reading online it appears that this is inherent with this vehicle. I contacted Mazda USA and they agreed to pay for the part, which was $900.. Which helped, but should be occurring on a vehicle with 52K miles. Mazda will not submit a recall because they do not see it as a "safety issue". I was lucky I saw the carbon leaking out and got it tended to early. Others have had it go while driving on the highway and it messing up their transmission in the process. This is the only factor that I have been dissatified with. If I didnt like the vehicle so much, it would have made me an adversary toward Mazda."

Susan A., IN (2011 Mazda CX-9)

"Drivers seat very comfortable, nice room in second row, nice acceleration, comfortable ride, with better thancp Ted handling. Wind noise at times can be louder than I’d like."

Timothy C., OH (2011 Mazda CX-9)

"Seats give the most support of any car I've sat in. Good side motion support."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Mazda CX-9)

"Easy to adjust the seat up. Down. Recline or straighten it up. Hugs my hips well. Very comfortable seats, well padded"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Mazda CX-9)

"The CX-9 offers comfortable seating positions for both driver and passengers. The noise level, while not great, is acceptable. The car provides a good ride. My wife, who does most of the driving of this car loves it!!!"

Mark P., NY (2011 Mazda CX-9)

"The ride is smooth when going over bumps and is comfortable on long rides."

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Mazda CX-9)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"We just feel that this vehicle has given us everything we could ask for with our active lifestyle and with all the grandkids from diapers into grade school."

Anonymous, HI (2011 Mazda CX-9)

"Great handling, comfortable, reliable vehicle"

William C., PA (2011 Mazda CX-9)

"Great price and virtually ZERO repair costs in over 6 years. Maintenance costs also very reasonable."

Glenn M., KY (2011 Mazda CX-9)

"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)

"The CX-9 has been extremely dependable and economical to operate and have serviced. Virtually nothing has gone wrong with this vehicle in almost 8 years!"

Glenn M., KY (2011 Mazda CX-9)

"We were able to get a the CX9 at a good price and and had all features including third row seating that we wanted"

Anonymous, IA (2011 Mazda CX-9)

"Great car for the price!"

Robert P., NJ (2011 Mazda CX-9)

Styling

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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