The Mazda CX-9 is a three-row midsize SUV with room for seven. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available. The CX-9 first arrived on the market for the 2007 model year.
2016 to Present: Mazda CX-9
The second-generation Mazda CX-9 offers standard front-wheel drive, available all-wheel drive and seating for seven across its three rows.
The latest edition replaces the previous V6 engine with a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The new model makes 227 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. Weight savings of nearly 200 pounds, enables the second-generation model to perform comparably with the previous model. All models are equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission.
The latest design draws the CX-9 closer to other Mazda models. Mazda’s Kodo (Soul of Motion) design language is evident everywhere, beginning with the front fascia. A broad grille, sleek wraparound headlamps and deep sculpting at the base of the front fascia provide this model with its sporty persona.
The CX-9 is also marked by a broad hood with distinctive creases, strong shoulders and a rising beltline. Profile character lines, side sculpting, rocker panel ornamentation and alloy wheels add to the CX-9’s elegant look. At the rear, the CX-9 offers sleek combination lamps, a spoiler, chrome embellishments and dual exhaust tips.
Inside, the second-generation model delivers a premium cabin with two-tone materials across the dashboard, around the center console, on the door inlays and across the seats. The instrument panel is composed of a three-dial layout, with two analog displays and one digital display present.
At the top of the center stack is a 7- or 8-inch color display providing access to the Mazda Connect infotainment system. Mazda Connect ties navigation, audio, phone and diagnostic functions together. Bluetooth connectivity, two USB ports and an auxiliary input jack are up front. Two additional USB ports serve the rear passengers.
The CX-9’s interior is roomy and offers sufficient space for seven adults. Easy folding second-row seats provide access to the third row. The second-row seat design is such that one seat can be folded and another left in place to accommodate a child seat.
Safety features for the second-generation Mazda CX-9 include available adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, automatic high beam control and forward collision warning are included with the i-Activsense suite of driver assistance features.
Chief competitors for the Mazda CX-9 include the Ford Explorer, Chevrolet Traverse, Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Highlander, GMC Acadia, Honda Pilot, Dodge Durango, Kia Sorento, Buick Enclave and Hyundai Santa Fe.
Earlier Mazda CX-9 Models
The first-generation Mazda CX-9 was built from 2007 to 2015. That model shared its architecture with the Ford Edge and was part of a collaboration between the Ford and Mazda that has ended since then. The 2015 Ford Edge was completely redesigned, so that model and is no longer related to the Mazda CX-9.
The 2007 Mazda CX-9 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine making 263 horsepower and 249 pound-feet of torque. This engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Beginning in 2008 and lasting through 2015, all Mazda CX-9s are powered by a 3.7-liter V6 engine making 273 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque.
Towing capacity ranges from 2,000 pounds for the front-wheel drive model to 3,500 pounds for the all-wheel drive CX-9.
Across its nine-year model run, the first-generation Mazda CX-9 received a pair of facelifts. The first update occurred in 2010 and brought in an updated front fascia and revised interior styling with improved cabin materials.
For 2013, Mazda updated the front and rear fascias in keeping with its Kodo design language. A new infotainment system was also introduced, providing a more intuitive interface.