2013 Mazda CX-9

MSRP $29,785 - $36,375

Ranked #7 in Suv

7.9

Overall Rating

2013 Mazda CX-9 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 23, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2013 Mazda CX-9 is different from the other large-size SUVs in the segment in various ways and that is in a good way. Mazda has designed its SUV to offer the perfect combination of practicality and performance in a single package. The CX-9 comes with spacious interiors and looks very modern from the outside. It does not have the same road presence as the other big SUVs following muscular design language, but it is without a doubt one of the better options for driving pleasure.

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Pros

Premium interior

Spacious third row

Dynamic handling

Cons

Small display for the infotainment

Rides get stiff with the 20” wheels

What's New?

Updated exterior styling

New touchscreen 

Revised standard features


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$29785

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

top speed

119 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

227 cu.in.

horsepower

273 hp @ 6250 rpm

torque

270 lb.-ft. @ 4250 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

113.2 in.

length

200.2 in.

width

76.2 in.

height

68 in.

curb weight

4317 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

139.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

100.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

payload capacity

1514 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/20/24 mpg

highway range

482.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Sport$29,785 onwards

Touring$32,230 onwards

Grand Touring$34,785 onwards

Colors and Styles

2013 Mazda CX-9 in Crystal White color
Crystal White

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Features

7.0

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

6.0

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.9

Overall Rating


The Mazda CX-9 starts at an MSRP of $29,785 and offers a great value for the price. The competition is very strong in the segment and especially in the sub $30k price segment. Let’s find out how the 2013 Mazda CX-9 stacks up against competitors like Nissan Murano, Ford Flex, and Toyota Venza.


7.0/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety


2013 Mazda CX-9 Features

7.0/10

The 2013 Mazda CX-9 is offered in three trim options Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. The powertrain remains the same for all the trim options. The base Sport trim comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, three-zone automatic climate control, 5.8-inch touchscreen display, 6-speaker audio system, a trip computer, a tilt-and-telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel, and Pandora radio capability. 

The Touring trim adds automatic headlights, leather upholstery, 4-way adjustable front passenger seat, a blind-spot monitoring system, a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors. The Grand Touring trim is the top-of-the-line fully-loaded trim and it gets 20” alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights, LED running lights, keyless ignition/entry, driver-seat memory functions, and a power liftgate.

Trim

Sport

Touring

Grand Touring

MSRP

$29,785

$32,230

$34,785

Key Features

18-inch alloy wheels

Addition to the Sport trim:

Addition to the Touring trim:

 

Cruise control

Automatic headlights

20-inch wheels

 

Three-zone automatic climate control

Leather upholstery

Bi-xenon headlights

 

5.8-inch touchscreen display

Four-way adjustable front passenger seat

LED running lights

 

6-speaker audio system

Blind-spot monitoring system

Keyless ignition/entry

 

Trip computer

Rearview camera

Driver-seat memory functions

 

Tilt-and-telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel

Rear parking sensors

Power liftgate

We recommend

We recommend going for the Touring trim as it offers the best value among all the trims. It gets you all the features that you will ever need for your daily use and much more. The upgrade from the Sport to the Touring trim is completely justified. The Grand Touring trim also justifies its price, but it comes with bigger 20” wheels, making the ride quality stiff.

2013 Mazda CX-9 Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The Mazda CX-9 is powered by a 3.7-liter V6 engine which is standard across all the trim levels. The engine produces 273 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque which is an impressive figure. The power is sent to the front wheels or all-wheels based on the variant you select via a 6-speed automatic transmission. 

The performance of the engine is admired by enthusiasts as it has a sporty performance. It might not be the best SUV in the segment in terms of outright acceleration, but the handling of the CX-9 makes it one of the better picks in the segment for driving pleasure. It takes 7.5 seconds to reach 0 to 60 mph which is an impressive figure for the segment.

Models

Mazda CX-9 

Nissan Murano

Ford Flex

Toyota Venza

MSRP

$29,785

$28,440

$30,990

$27,850

Engine

3.7 Liter V6

3.5 Liter V6

3.5 Liter V6

2.7 Liter Inline 4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

CVT

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power

273 hp @ 6250 rpm

260 hp @ 6000 rpm

285 hp @ 6500 rpm

181 hp @ 5800 rpm

Torque

270 ft-lbs. @ 4250 rpm

240 ft-lbs. @ 4400 rpm

255 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm

182 ft-lbs. @ 4200 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

7.5

8.6

7

9.4

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

15.9

16.6

15.6

15.4

Top-Speed (MPH)

130

131

137

129

The 2013 Ford Flex is half a second quicker than the Mazda CX-9 in the 0 to 60 mph sprint. The Nissan Murano takes 8.6 seconds and the Toyota Venza takes 9.4 seconds to do the same. The Toyota Venza is powered by the least powerful engine in the competition and that is why it is the last car to reach the 0 to 60 mph mark. However, the Venza beats the Murano and CX-9 in the quarter-mile run.

2013 Mazda CX-9 Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The expectations of the high fuel economy are very less likely from a large-size SUV that offers sporty performance. However, the Mazda CX-9 manages to deliver a very decent fuel economy for the segment. It delivers 17 mpg in the city, 24 mpg on the highway, and 19 mpg of combined fuel economy. Mazda has equipped a large 20.1-gallon fuel tank which helps it achieve good range on long highway trips.

Models

Mazda CX-9 

Nissan Murano

Ford Flex

Toyota Venza

MPG (City)

17

18

18

20

MPG (Highway)

24

24

25

26

MPG (Combined)

19

20

20

23

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

20.1

21.7

18.6

17.7

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

341.7/482.4/381.9

390.6/520.8/434

334.8/465/372

354/460.2/407.1

The Mazda CX-9 is the least fuel-efficient SUV in the competition but the difference is not that big. However, the Toyota Venza beats all its rivals in the fuel economy department with quite an evident margin. It also comes with the smallest fuel tank capacity in the competition. The Nissan Murano has the largest fuel tank size in the competition and also offers the longest highway range. The Mazda CX-9 comes right after the Murano in terms of highway range.

2013 Mazda CX-9 Interior

9.0/10

The 2013 Mazda CX-9 is not as spacious as some of its rivals but you will never feel a lack of space in any of the rows. There is a lot to like about the interior of the CX-9. The interior is well laid out and the quality of the materials is also on the higher side. The front row feels ambient and the seats are very comfortable. The driver seats provide multiple adjustment options and it is very easy to get a comfortable driving position. The whole cabin feels driver-focused which goes in the favor of the CX-9. The controls of the cabin are also very easy to use and the driver controls fall well within the reach of the driver.

The second row is also spacious enough for three passengers as the shoulder room is on the premium. Getting into the third row is fairly easy and the space inside the third row is very generous for the segment. The kids can easily spend long hours in the third row while the adults will also be comfortable for short drives across the town.

Models

Mazda CX-9

Nissan Murano

Ford Flex

Toyota Venza

Seating Capacity

7

5

7

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.6/59.4/40.9

40.1/59.6/43.6

41.8/58.4/40.8

39.6/60.0/40.2

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.0/58.7/39.8

39.4/58.7/36.3

40.5/58.1/44.3

39.3/59.0/39.1

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

17.2

31.6

20

36.2

The Ford Flex offers better legroom in the second row and still, it manages to provide a better cargo area compared to the Mazda CX-9. The Nissan Murano and Toyota Venza also offer very decent space in the front and rear rows. The lack of third-row seats allows them to provide a better cargo area than the CX-9 and Flex. Standout interior features:

  • Tilt-and-telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Keyless ignition
  • Three-zone automatic climate control
  • Trip computer
  • Leather upholstery
  • Driver-seat memory functions

How intuitive is the 2013 Mazda CX-9 infotainment unit?

The 2013 Mazda CX-9 comes with a 5.8-inch touchscreen infotainment display as standard across the trim levels. The screen feels a bit small for the size of the SUV, but the placement is nice and overall it looks nice on the dashboard. The infotainment supports Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, CD player, HD radio, Pandora radio capability, and USB/auxiliary inputs. 

It also gets a standard 6-speaker audio system. All these infotainment features are standard for all the trims. If you go for the Grand Touring trim, you can get an optional rear-seat DVD entertainment system with 11-speaker Bose surround sound system, navigation system, satellite radio, and 115-volt household-current outlet. The infotainment features include:

  • A 5.8-inch touchscreen infotainment display
  • 6-speaker audio system
  • Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity
  • CD player
  • HD radio
  • Pandora radio capability
  • USB/auxiliary inputs

2013 Mazda CX-9 Exterior

9.0/10

The 2013 Mazda CX-9 easily stands out from all the other SUVs in the segment. While the other SUVs follow a muscular and bulky look, the Mazda CX-9 is a more sleek and modern-looking option in the market. It looks very proportionate from every angle and some might like it while some might not. The front looks striking to the eyes and the side remains very simple and elegant. 

It rides on standard 18” alloy wheels which get bigger with the top-of-the-line Grand Touring trim at 20”. The rear gets twin exhausts to add a sporty feeling to the overall styling of the SUV. The CX-9 gets a very proportionate rear styling where you will find long taillamps that go all the way to the tailgates. The Mazda badge sits on the center of the tailgate with a chrome strip running right below it. 

Models

Mazda CX-9

Nissan Murano

Ford Flex

Toyota Venza

Curb Weight (lb)

4317

3840

4471

3760

Length (inches)

200.6

189.9

201.8

189

Width (inches)

76.2

74.1

75.9

75

Height (inches)

68

57

68.0

63.4

Ground Clearance (inches)

8

7.4

N/A

8.1

Wheelbase (inches)

113.2

111.2

117.9

109.3

The Ford Flex is the longest SUV in the competition and also has the longest wheelbase compared to the other three SUVs. The Mazda CX-9 is the second-largest SUV in the competition and is the widest of them all. The wheelbase is also fairly wrong at 114.2 inches which is longer than the Murano and Venza. Standout exterior features:

  • 18” alloy wheels
  • Bi-xenon headlights
  • Keyless entry
  • LED running lights
  • Power liftgate

2013 Mazda CX-9 Safety

6.0/10

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has rated the Mazda CX-9 four out of five stars in their crash test rating which falls below the other rivals. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) has also given it its ‘Poor’ safety rating. Safety is an area of concern for the 2013 Mazda CX-9 and it surely needs to work in this aspect. The safety features include:

  • Blind-spot warning system
  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • Rear Parking Sensors

2013 Mazda CX-9 Final Verdict

The Mazda CX-9 comes out as a great package in the segment. The performance and handling of the SUV are better than its rivals, and it feels more like a sports SUV in that regard. The interior is also very laid out and the quality of the materials are of good quality. The SUV scores well in the practicality aspect too. The only area where it lacks is the below-average crash test ratings. In all aspects, the 2013 Mazda CX-9 comes out as a compelling choice in the segment.

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