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


Mike C., FL (2013 Mazda CX-9)

"great ride. road noise"

Anonymous, GA (2013 Mazda CX-9)

"We had a serious problem with the CX-9. The accelerator stuck during high speed driving. My wife had to hit the brakes 3 times before she was able to control her speed. The dealership confirmed that the car showed a code that both the accelerator & brake were engaged at the same time. To date they have been unable to replicate so they do not know how to fix it."

Anonymous, VA (2013 Mazda CX-9)

"Excellent ride and powerful engine. Poor gas mileage."

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Mazda CX-9)

"The ONLY 3 row sports car masked as an SUV. There is nothing else like it. Period! 0-60 in 7sec and 80g handling! Awesome! No, I do not work for Mazda. Just a real driver."

S S., OR (2013 Mazda CX-9)

"Length and rear visibility make it very difficult to manuever in parking lots"

TIMOTHY W., FL (2013 Mazda CX-9)

"Handles well; fun to drive."

Anonymous, CO (2013 Mazda CX-9)

"Super handling and acceleration"

D- M S., MD (2013 Mazda CX-9)

"Drives and handles more like a spots car than a SUV"

GENE T., WI (2013 Mazda CX-9)

"Holds tremendous amount of cargo with both 2nd and 3rd seats folded, but drives like a car in terms of very good acceleration and good cornering and road handling."

DAVID L., CA (2013 Mazda CX-9)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say


Mike C., FL (2013 Mazda CX-9)

"Cabin is a bit tight. I think they improved this in later models though."

Stephen O., CA (2013 Mazda CX-9)

"Has a rougher ride than I expected from a vehicle this large."

Anonymous, TN (2013 Mazda CX-9)

"Solid,quiet ride."

W P., NJ (2013 Mazda CX-9)

"Seats very comfortable, separate heat/air controls for driver, passenger, and rear."

KRISTA K., IL (2013 Mazda CX-9)

"Not comfortable seat"

ROBERT L., NY (2013 Mazda CX-9)

"Driver's seat adjustment controls are excellent."

Anonymous, CO (2013 Mazda CX-9)

"Very smooth ride and also very quiet."

JIM M., MO (2013 Mazda CX-9)

"Rivals more costly vehicles (Porsche/Mercedes/Cadillac) at 2/3 the price."

S S., OR (2013 Mazda CX-9)

"Having had to drive this on a few long distance trips - driver and passangers are very comfortable. Ease of third row seat operations also a plus"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Mazda CX-9)

"I have driven this car four times across the country (2 roundtrips from Florida to Northern California). My wife has to remind me its time to stop, because I can drive for 10 hrs. plus in comfort. My wife, who has Parkinson's Disease, has no trouble getting in and out of the car. It is VERY quiet on the road, and A/C works great even in Florida's 95-degree-plus heat."

DAVID L., CA (2013 Mazda CX-9)

"Rattle coming from the buttons that open console. Mazda said no fix. Very Loud noise. wife won't drive in vehicle. I have to use rubber bands to keep noise gown vibration noise from inside Dashboard, also very loud."

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Mazda CX-9)

"Drive2300 km in 2 days without adjusting seat once. Very comfortable"

Anonymous, BC (2013 Mazda CX-9)

"CX 9 has comfortable seats, however there is a swishing sound in the passenger cabin when making turns..."

THOMAS D., NJ (2013 Mazda CX-9)


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

What Owners Say

"Has performed well but starting to "nickle and dime" in frustrating ways - e.g., visor that hangs down; window motor that is faulty; etc."

Anonymous, VA (2013 Mazda CX-9)

"Overall car is a good value for what we paid, but we also got what we paid for. Car has had several issues over the years, and most esp. because of its cheap plastic body. Pieces fall off regularly, and it's costly to have them replaced or repaired."

Anonymous, NH (2013 Mazda CX-9)

"drives, looks and feels like cars that cost $10,000 more (Infinity/Lexus class)."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Mazda CX-9)

"Very good value when comparing to competitors considering the amount of equipment (Nav, XM...)"

Anonymous, KS (2013 Mazda CX-9)

"When shopping for this car we drove all the suspects in the group - Highlander, Explorer, Flex, Pathfinder, even a MDX... for the money this was the best equiped car"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Mazda CX-9)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"I love the blue green color."

Anonymous, NH (2013 Mazda CX-9)

"At first I felt the center console was quite large and made the seating area feel crowded. I have grown accustomed to it and only notice it when I ride front seat in an SUV that doesn't have the large console."

CHRISTINE I., AZ (2013 Mazda CX-9)

"quality of paint job is not very good...lots of chips and dings. Sound system is below par. Not user friendly and of poor quality. Love the look of the car and the quality of the interior workmanship is satisfactory. Car is a pleasure to drive, handles very well. Thought it would be a little better with traction on ice and snow."

G H., MT (2013 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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