2017 Mazda CX-9

Starting MSRP: $31,250 - $44,315

Estimated MPG: 22 city / 28 hwy

2017 Mazda CX-9 Review

An attractive midsize SUV with three rows of seating, the 2017 Mazda CX-9 delivers impressive driving dynamics and fuel economy, as well as many popular infotainment and safety technologies.

By Charles Krome
Last Updated 07/05/2017

The 2017 CX-9 is sold in Sport, Touring, Grand Touring and Signature trims, and all models feature a turbocharged four-cylinder engine as standard equipment. All-wheel drive is optional for all trims.

The CX-9 was fully redesigned last year, and for 2017, Mazda updates the CX-9 by making a low-speed forward collision-mitigation system standard on the Touring trim.

Exterior

Exterior

The CX-9's sheet metal bears styling cues that signify a sporty focus. A deeply carved lower fascia leads the way in front, and it's illuminated by standard LED headlights and daytime running lights. In back, the 2017 Mazda CX-9 features a rear roof spoiler and LED combination taillights, and base models travel on 18-inch wheels.

Standard features include rear privacy glass and power-adjustable side mirrors with built-in LED turn-signal indicators. The list of available features includes heated side mirrors LED fog lights, a power-sliding moonroof, a power liftgate, adaptive front lighting, chrome body moldings and 20-inch wheels.

Interior

Interior

The CX-9 seats seven, and the first two rows provide a comfortable environment for adults. The third row, however, is best suited for kids. The seats in both the second and third rows fold to accommodate increased storage. There’s 14.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third-row seats, 38.2 cubic feet behind the second row and 71.2 cubic feet with both back rows folded.

This Mazda comes with relatively upscale standard features such as tri-zone climate control and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with a tilt-and-telescoping column. In the Touring trim, leather upholstery, heated front seats and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat are standard. The Grand Touring trim adds content like LED ambient lighting, and in the CX-9 Signature, the seats are trimmed in Nappa leather.

Performance

Performance

The CX-9’s standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is turbocharged, enabling drivers to enjoy 227 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque when using regular 87-octane fuel. Premium 93-octane fuel can also be used, and this raises the engine’s output to 250 horsepower without affecting torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard for every CX-9 trim, and all-wheel drive is available. The CX-9 has an EPA rating of 22/28 mpg city/highway for front-wheel drive models.

Technology

Technology

Mazda doesn’t skimp on standard technologies for the CX-9, which comes with a 7-inch touch screen, voice recognition, a six-speaker stereo, a USB input, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera and interfaces for Aha, Pandora and Stitcher internet radio. Available features include navigation, satellite radio, a premium Bose 12-speaker sound system, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keeping assistance, lane departure warning, rear parking sensors, forward automatic braking, adaptive cruise control and an 8-inch touch-screen display.