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Mazda CX-9

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2019
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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. 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. 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 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 with city-speed automatic emergency braking is standard.
All Ratings & Reliability
2016-2018
2016 Redesign Year
Mazda CX-9 2018
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.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2018 $24,725 - $33,475 $22,405 - $31,005
2017 $21,950 - $30,000 $19,665 - $27,505
2016 $18,725 - $27,275 $16,425 - $24,815
2007-2015
2007 Redesign Year
Mazda CX-9 2015
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.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2015 $13,900 - $20,350 $11,180 - $17,930
2014 $12,150 - $16,575 $9,425 - $13,620
2013 $10,450 - $13,525 $7,740 - $10,640
2012 $8,725 - $12,500 $6,035 - $9,635
2011 $7,650 - $11,150 $5,005 - $8,305
2010 $7,450 - $8,550 $4,770 - $5,820
2009 $6,775 - $7,825 $4,085 - $5,085
2008 $6,125 - $7,200 $3,485 - $4,485
2007 $5,400 - $6,450 $2,780 - $3,780
2019
  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
2019 Mazda CX-9 Ratings & Reliability
Mazda's CX-9 is a stylish three-row SUV that is quite engaging to drive, thanks to its nimble handling. 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. 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 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 with city-speed automatic emergency braking is standard.
2016-2018
2016 Redesign Year
Mazda CX-9 2018
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.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2018 $24,725 - $33,475 $22,405 - $31,005
2017 $21,950 - $30,000 $19,665 - $27,505
2016 $18,725 - $27,275 $16,425 - $24,815
2007-2015
2007 Redesign Year
Mazda CX-9 2015
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.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2015 $13,900 - $20,350 $11,180 - $17,930
2014 $12,150 - $16,575 $9,425 - $13,620
2013 $10,450 - $13,525 $7,740 - $10,640
2012 $8,725 - $12,500 $6,035 - $9,635
2011 $7,650 - $11,150 $5,005 - $8,305
2010 $7,450 - $8,550 $4,770 - $5,820
2009 $6,775 - $7,825 $4,085 - $5,085
2008 $6,125 - $7,200 $3,485 - $4,485
2007 $5,400 - $6,450 $2,780 - $3,780