2014 Mazda CX-9

MSRP $29,985 - $36,625

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8.0

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2014 Mazda CX-9 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 10, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2014 Mazda CX-9 is one of the better looking three row SUVs in its class, looking similar to the CX-5. With subtle changes on the exterior front last year, Mazda has worked on the interiors as well and the centre stack now carries a 5.8-inch touchscreen. The performance hasn’t changed and we get the same refined and peppy V6 engine across all the trims.

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Pros

Refined ride experience

Sporty look

Peppy V6 engine

Cons

Lesser fuel efficiency

Less cargo space with 3 rd row up

Safety can be improved 

What's New?

Cross-traffic alert system in higher trims 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$29985

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

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

113.2 in.

length

200.2 in.

width

76.2 in.

height

68 in.

curb weight

4323 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

139.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

100.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

payload capacity

1508 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


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Trims

Sport$29,985 onwards

Touring$32,480 onwards

Grand Touring$35,035 onwards

Colors and Styles

2014 Mazda CX-9 in Crystal White Pearl Metallic color
Crystal White Pearl Metallic

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Ratings

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Features

5.0

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

9.0

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.0

Overall Rating


As with most Mazda vehicles, the spacious and refined cabin is designed to transport passengers in comfort, while its performance and nimble handling make driving enjoyable. It faces competition from Kia Sorento, Honda Pilot and Hyundai Santa Fe. 


5.0/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety


2014 Mazda CX-9 Features

5.0/10

The 2014 Mazda CX-9 is available in three trims namely the Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. With all the three trims, FWD is standard and you can opt for AWD configuration if you are a corner craver just like us. Some of the standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, remote keyless entry, Power side mirrors, cloth trimmed seats, 5.8-inch touchscreen display etc.

Trims

Sport 

Touring 

Grand Touring 

MSRP

$ 27,985 

$ 32,480 

$ 35,035 

Key Features 

3.7-L V6 engine 

Adds to or upgrades to Sport trim

Adds to or upgrades to Touring trim

 

Halogen headlights 

Auto-off headlights

Bi-Xenon HID headlights with auto on/off

 

18-inch alloy wheels

Leather-trimmed seats 

Halogen fog lights

 

Power side mirrors

8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and 4-way power adjustable passenger seat 

Power side mirrors with integrated turn signals

 

5.8-inch touchscreen display

Rearview camera

20-inch alloy wheels with Platinum Silver finish

 

Cloth-trimmed seats

Heated front seats 

Bordeaux accent interior trim

 

Dynamic Stability Control and Traction Control System

Heated side mirrors

Driver’s power seat memory

We Recommend 

We recommend the Touring trim for its well balanced list of features and price. You get access to most of the features of the top trim and power driver’s seat package as standard. Also you get to opt for an available touring technology package to load up the Touring trim with premium Bose audio system, Navigation system, Power Sunroof, SiriusXM satellite radio etc. 

2014 Mazda CX-9 Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The 2014 Mazda CX-9 is powered by a 3.7L V6 that produces 273 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. It is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control. The engine is found to be refined and provides enough torque to carry heavy loads without any issue. The performance from the engine is peppy and you would find overtaking on highways a piece of cake. It takes about 7.7 seconds for a 0-60 mph sprint and about 15.8 seconds to complete a quarter mile drag. 

Models 

2014 Mazda CX-9 

2014 Kia Sorento 

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe 

2014 Honda Pilot 

MSRP

$29,985

$30,000

$29,900

$29,670

Engine

3.7L V6 

3.3L V6 

3.3L V6 

3.5L V6 

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

5-speed automatic

Power

273 hp @ 6,250 RPM

290 hp @ 6,400 RPM

290 hp @ 6,400 RPM

250 hp @ 5,700 RPM

Torque

271 lb-ft @ 4,250 RPM

252 lb-ft @ 5,200 RPM

252 lb-ft @ 5,200 RPM

253 lb-ft @ 4,800 RPM

0-60 mph (seconds)

7.7 

7.3

7.1

8.1

Quarter-mile (seconds)

15.8

15.7

14.8

16.3

Top Speed (MPH)

125

124

125

125

The CX-9 is equipped with the biggest engine of the lot but makes less power than the smaller engine on the Korean twins. The Santa Fe is the fastest in the 0-60 mph sprint and quarter mile drag too. The Honda Pilot is equipped with a smaller 3.5 L V6 engine and is the slowest to complete 0-60 mph sprint and the quarter mile drag. 

2014 Mazda CX-9 Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The 2014 Mazda CX-9 is equipped with the biggest engine of the lot and offers less fuel efficiency than the competition. The EPA rates it at 17 MPG, 24 MPG and 19 MPG in the city, on the highways and in combined driving conditions respectively. With a fuel tank capacity of 20.1 gallons, it can travel up to 342 miles, 482 miles and 382 miles in the city, on the highways and in combined driving conditions respectively on a full tank of gas.

Models 

2014 Mazda CX-9 

2014 Kia Sorento 

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe 

2014 Honda Pilot 

MPG (City) 

17

18

18

18

MPG (Highway) 

24

25

25

25

MPG (Combined) 

19

21

21

20

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

 

20.1

17.4

17.4

 

21.0

Range (City/hwy)

342/482

313/435

313/435

432/525

The Korean twins come with the smallest engine of the lot and offer better fuel efficiency of about 21 MPG in combined driving conditions .With a fuel tank capacity of 17.4 gallons, they can travel up to 365 miles in mixed conditions on a full tank of gas. The Honda Pilot is equipped with a larger fuel tank of 21.0 gallons and can travel about 420 miles on a full tank of gas in mixed driving conditions.

2014 Mazda CX-9 Interior

8.0/10

The 2014 Mazda CX-9 comes with a well designed interior space. The materials used for dashboard and interior trims are of very good quality but we expected a bit of flair and premiumness in the cabin at this price point. The centre console is cleverly designed and you get a good amount of storage space for your articles. The seats offer good comfort and the front two rows can seat 5 people comfortably. However the third row is mainly for kids and adults will have a tough time getting there and making themselves comfortable. 

With the base Sport trim, you get many features like three-zone automatic climate control, remote keyless entry, power windows and door locks and optional power driver’s seat package. As you climb up the trim ladder, features like heated front seats, leather-trimmed seats, 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and 4-way power adjustable passenger’s seat and optional touring technology package wins your heart. 

Models 

2014 Mazda CX-9 

2014 Kia Sorento 

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe 

2014 Honda Pilot 

Seating Capacity

7

7

8

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.6/59.4/40.9

39.2/59.3/41.3

39.6/59.4/41.3

40.0/61.5/41.4

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.0/58.7/39.8

39.2/58.7/38.8

39.1/58.3/39.4

39.8/62.2/38.5

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

35.4/56.9/32.4

35.7/53.8/31.7

35.7/53.9/31.5

38.2/58.9/32.1

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

17.2

9.1 

13.5

18.0

The Mazda CX-9 provides a cargo capacity of 17.2 cu-ft which is just 0.8 cu-ft less than the Honda Pilot. The Korean twins are less practical as compared to the CX-9 and Pilot. As in most three row SUVs, the third row is cramped in the CX-9 but offers etter legroom than the competition. Even the second row legroom is better in the CX-9. Some of the standout interior features of the 2014 Mazda CX-9 are:

  • Three zone automatic climate control 
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Heated front seats 
  • Rearview camera 
  • Driver’s power seat memory 
  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • Bordeaux accent interior trim 

How intuitive is the 2014 Mazda CX-9’s infotainment unit?

The infotainment system on the Mazda is just about adequate, nothing special about it. It gets a 5.8-inch touchscreen which isn’t exactly laggy but the response time is more. We would have also liked better resolution on it. We also expected the interface to offer a more seamless experience. It gets standard features like bluetooth connectivity, AM/FM radio, USB connection, 6-speaker audio setup, AUX input etc. 

As you climb up the trim ladder, you get access to voice commands, SMS text delivery, satellite radio, optional Bose centerpoint audio system and a DVD entertainment system for the second row passengers. You also get support for Pandora Internet radio compatibility as standard across all the trims. Some of the standout infotainment features of the 2014 Mazda CX-9 are:

  • 5.8” Touchscreen Display 
  • AUX input
  • Pandora Internet Radio 
  • SiriusXM satellite Radio (GT tech package)
  • Navigation system (GT tech package)
  • Optional rear seat DVD entertainment (Optional)
  • Bose Centerpoint audio system (Optional)

2014 Mazda CX-9 Exterior

9.0/10

The KODO design language from Mazda seems to work well in the favour of the CX-9 and it stands out in the crowd. It gets a distinctive styling which is reminiscent of the CX-5 and is not overdone from any angle you look at it. The front fascia imbibes a small grille with a Mazda logo on it and gets a chrome outline. The two headlights are like actual eyes and look good on the front fascia. The headlamps come with auto on/off functionality and you get Bi-Xenon HID headlights with auto on/off function on the Grand Touring trim

The sides are a plain affair with absence of strong character lines and the smooth fluidic design on the sides actually works in its favour. The cladding on the wheel arches give it a rugged appeal. The rear profile comes with two good looking tail lamps and two exhaust outlets in the rear bumper grant it a sporty character. Overall, the entire design is minimalistic but looks good and is youthful too.

Models 

2014 Mazda CX-9 

2014 Kia Sorento 

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe 

2014 Honda Pilot 

Curb Weight (lbs)

4323

3594

3459

4306

Length (in.)

200.6

184.4

184.6

191.4

Width (in.)

76.2

74.2

74

78.5

Height (in.)

68

66.9

66.1

70.7

Ground Clearance (in.)

8.0

7.3

7.28

8.0

Wheelbase (in.)

113.2

106.3

106.3

109.2

The Mazda is also the longest here and has a longer wheelbase too along with a good ground clearance. However, that does not translate into better cargo capacity, or off-road capabilities. It tips a bit higher on the scales which does make it a bit difficult to maneuver around in tight spaces but else, the SUV handles well while on the go. It looks beautiful and some of the standout exterior features of the 2014 Mazda CX-9 are:

  • Bi-Xenon HID headlights with auto on/off
  • Power side mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • 20-inch alloy wheels with Platinum Silver finish
  • Heated side mirrors 
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Optional glass moonroof with GT technology package

2014 Mazda CX-9 Safety

8.0/10

With a good design, the 2014 Mazda CX-9 also comes with a list of safety features three point seatbelts for seven positions in the cabin, front and rear crumple zones, side impact door beams, energy absorbing steering column plus a cleverly designed foldaway brake assembly to protect your ankle and leg, in an event of a frontal collision. It also comes with some driver assistance features to ensure the safety of the occupants. Some of the standout safety features of the 2014 Mazda CX-9 are:

  • Alarm system 
  • E911 automatic emergency notification
  • Blind Spot Monitoring System
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Rear backup sensors 
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring

The NHTSA has given it an overall 4-star safety rating and the IIHS tagged it as “Good” in most test scenarios. It gets features like brake assist, ABS, EBD, traction control, brake assist, advanced stability control starting from the base trim itself.

2014 Mazda CX-9 Final Verdict

The 2014 Mazda CX-9 is a capable package and may be a well-balanced one too. It offers good quality interiors, comes with minimalistic but effective aesthetics and offers very good performance that you might expect from a SUV in its class. However, lower fuel efficiency and less cargo capacity are a bummer. It is a refined product and offers nimble handling for its size, making it the perfect driver’s SUV out there.

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