2015 Mazda CX-9

MSRP $29,985

Ranked #14 in Suv

7.1

Overall Rating

2015 Mazda CX-9 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 23, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Mazda aims to create a very unique line-up of vehicles that have the capabilities to perform both on a winding road as well as on a family trip. They have distilled this DNA into even their family crossover SUV that is the 2015 Mazda CX-9. Despite being a very large car, when driving, the 2015 CX-9 does not feel quite that way.

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Pros

Great handling

Excellent V6 engine

Nice and spacious interiors

Cons

Crash-test scores are not great

Ride quality can be improved

Infotainment features are not the best

What's New?

Carries over unchanged


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$29985

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

top speed

118 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

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


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Sport$29,985 onwards

Colors and Styles

2015 Mazda CX-9 in Blue Reflex Mica color
Blue Reflex Mica

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

8.0

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

6.0

7.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.1

Overall Rating


One of the only downsides with the new CX-9 is that it has been around since 2007 and has certainly aged in a few areas. Old age can also be seen in terms of its crash test scores, infotainment features, and so on because most of its competition has taken large strides. For the 2015 model year, the crossover starts at MSRP $31,520 and competes against the Dodge Durango, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Honda Pilot.


6.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2015 Mazda CX-9 Features

The three trims on offer for the Mazda CX-9 are called Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. All of these trims are available in the front-wheel-drive configuration as standard but come with the option of all-wheel-drive. The car is well equipped even in the base trim with 18-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, three-zone automatic climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, height-adjustable driver seat, cloth upholstery, 5.8-inch touchscreen, and more.

Trim

Sport

Touring

Grand Touring

MSRP

$31,520

$35,970

$40,470

MSRP (AWD)

$33,320

$37,770

$42,270

Key Features

LED headlights with auto-off

8-inch full-color touch-screen display

Adaptive Front-lighting System

 

LED taillights

Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry System

LED fog lights

 

LED daytime running lights

Heated front seats

Bright-finish lower body trim

 

Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming

Leather-trimmed seats (1st- and 2nd-row outboard seating positions)

Rain-sensing windshield wipers

 

Three-zone automatic climate control

Rearview Camera

Aluminum roof rails with Satin Chrome finish

 

Power windows with one-touch auto-open/close on all windows

Audio system with 6 speakers

Windshield-projected Active Driving Display

 

Steering-wheel-mounted audio, phone, and cruise controls

Auxiliary audio input jack and 2 USB audio input ports

Bose Centerpoint 2 Surround Sound System with 12 speakers and Audiopilot 2

We Recommend

Although right from the base trim, the car is quite well loaded, we find that to be competitive in today’s world, the CX-9 has to be equipped with more features than what it offers in the base trim. For this reason, the mid-range Touring model stands out as an excellent value for money package. It gets automatic headlights, a blind-spot monitoring system, rear parking sensors, a rear cross-traffic alert system, leather upholstery, and more that make it safer as well as plusher.

2015 Mazda CX-9 Engine and Performance

6.0/10

The Mazda CX-9 is powered by a 3.7 L V-6 engine that produces 273 hp and 270 pound-feet of torque. This is quite a capable engine and makes the car feel brisk. This engine is committed to a six-speed automatic transmission that also offers manual shift control. It is also good for towing up to 3,500 pounds, but the highlight is that it offers excellent ride and handling, unlike most cars in its segment.

When it comes to acceleration figures, the CX-9 accelerates from 0 to 60 in just 7.7 seconds and goes bust the quarter-mile in just 15.9 seconds, which is decently quick for its segment. However, a surprising factor was that the all-wheel-drive model was slightly slower in terms of acceleration which makes it more of a performance burden.

Models

2015 Mazda CX-9

2015 Dodge Durango

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe

2015 Honda Pilot

MSRP

$29,985

$30,495

$30,150

$29,870

Engine

3.7/Double Overhead Cam (DOHC)/24/V-6

3.6/Double Overhead Cam (DOHC)/24/V-6

3.3/Double Overhead Cam (DOHC)/24/V-6

3.5/Single Overhead Cam (SOHC)/24/V-6

Transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

5-speed Automatic

Drivetrain

FWD

RWD

FWD

FWD

Horsepower

273 hp @ 6,250 rpm

290 hp @ 6,400 rpm

290 hp @ 6,400 rpm

250 hp @ 5,700 rpm

Torque

270 lb.-ft. @ 4,250 rpm

260 lb.-ft. @ 4,800 rpm

252 lb.-ft. @ 5,200 rpm

253 lb.-ft. @ 4,800 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

7.7

7.3

6.9

8.2

Quarter Mile (sec)

15.9

15.9

15.4

16.1

Top Speed

118

135

124

112

One can see with just one glance that the CX-9 is priced very competitively when you compare it with the segment rivals. However, this is no surprise since they are much newer models. In terms of performance, both on paper as well as on the road, it is an eager performer. Rivals like the Dodge Durango and the Hyundai Santa Fe are slightly better performing in terms of acceleration but do not have quite the edge in terms of handling like the CX-9.

2015 Mazda CX-9 Fuel Economy

6.0/10

Although one cannot expect too much in terms of fuel efficiency when it comes to a large engine like a 3.7 L V6, the fuel economy is definitely on par with what one would expect from the segment. The front-wheel-drive option returns an estimated 17 MPG in the city, 24 MPG on the highway, and 19 MPG combined. All-wheel-drive slightly drops these figures to 16 MPG in the city, 22 MPG on the highway, and 18 MPG combined.

Models

2015 Mazda CX-9

2015 Dodge Durango

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe

2015 Honda Pilot

City

17

18

18

18

Highway

24

25

25

25

Combined

21

22

22

22

Fuel Tank Capacity (gallons)

20.1

24.6

18.8

21

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

341.7/482.4/422.1

442.8/615/541.2

338.4/470/413.6

378/525/462

When comparing, the rivals offer better MPG figures than the Mazda. Surprisingly, even the Dodge does so when it is not known to have an exact reputation for that. However, Mazda offers a fairly big fuel tank and is competitive in terms of range. Then again, it is the Dodge that sets the benchmark in this class for both fuel efficiency and fuel tank capacity with its immense range.

2015 Mazda CX-9 Interior

7.0/10

Mazda has used what they call a waterfall design that makes the dashboard flow into door panels with a very nice flair. However, due to its age, we find that the material quality is not quite correct. Despite this, however, it has a good overall fit and finish, and one can definitely not complain about this.

Mazda has ensured that ergonomics is generally good throughout and all controls are easily accessible. The car also offers plenty of space inside which makes passengers feel at ease. The sloping roof takes away a bit of third-row headroom, but otherwise, it is quite good. Also, the rear door is quite large which makes an opening in tight spaces a hassle.

Models

2015 Mazda CX-9

2015 Dodge Durango

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe

2015 Honda Pilot

Passenger Capacity

7

7

5

8

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

39.6/59.4/40.9

39.9/58.5/40.3

39.6/59.4/41.3

40/61.5/41.4

2nd Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

35.4/56.9/32.4

37.8/50.4/31.5

35.7/53.9/3.5

38.2/58.9/32.1

3rd Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

NA

NA

NA

NA

Cargo Capacity (Behind 3rd Row) (cu.-ft.)

17.2

17.2

35.9

16.5

The Santa Fe has a seating capacity only for five passengers, while all the other cars in this category offer to seat decent passengers. This results in better cargo capacity for the Hyundai at the back of the second row. When comparing the other three seven-seater rivals, both Mazda and Dodge offer the most cargo space behind the third row at 17.2 cubic feet. One can see that all rivals are equally spacious for passengers inside. Some standout interior features include:

  • Audio And Cruise Controls On Steering Wheel
  • Front, Rear, And 3rd Row Cup Holders
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Three Zone Climate Control
  • Tilt And Telescopic Steering Wheel
  • Interior Air Filtration
  • Keyless Ignition
  • Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror
  • Universal Remote Transmitter (For Garage Door, Security System, Etc.)

How intuitive is the car’s infotainment unit?

The infotainment system is one of the weakest points of the car since it has been around for a long time. It was last updated in 2013, and the 5.8-inch screen does seem a bit outdated in today’s market. It is not very quick to respond, and the graphics also have to be improved a lot. However, one thing Mazda has done quite well is that it offers a decent sound system. Some standout infotainment features include:

  • 5.8” Touchscreen
  • 6-Speaker Standard Audio System
  • USB Connection
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Speed-Sensitive Volume Control

2015 Mazda CX-9 Exterior

9.0/10

The exterior design of the Mazda CX-9 is definitely elegant. It manages to do so even after being in the market for so many years, and that is an incredible feat. However, there are several newer Mazda cars with a more updated design language, and we believe that this will get filtered into the newer CX-9 that is coming soon. Overall, it is definitely attractive and looks good even to this day.

Models

2015 Mazda CX-9

2015 Dodge Durango

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe

2015 Honda Pilot

Curb Weight (lbs.)

5831

6500

5512

5021

Length (in)

201

200

193

191

Width (in)

76

76

74

79

Height (in)

68

71

67

71

Ground Clearance (in)

8

8

7

8

Wheelbase (in)

113.2

119.8

110

109.2

The Mazda CX-9 is one of the heavier cars in the segment, but it is also pretty much the largest. However, it is the Dodge that manages to be the heaviest in the segment with 6,500 pounds curb weight. In terms of ground clearance, the Mazda offers 8 inches which it ties up with Dodge and Honda. Some standout exterior features include:

  • Optional 20-inch wheels
  • Blacked out exterior trim
  • Chrome exterior trim
  • Front air dams
  • Sloping roofline
  • Aerodynamic design

2015 Mazda CX-9 Safety

7.0/10

Mazda generally builds cars that have a good reputation for safety in terms of both structure and features. However, the safety equipment being offered in the Mazda CX-9 is definitely subpar when you compare it with most of its competitors. It has scored four out of five stars in the NHTSA crash tests, and the IIHS rates it as ‘Good’ is a reassuring fact. However, most of its category has moved onto five stars overall. Some standout safety features include:

  • 4-Wheel ABS
  • Dual Front Side-Mounted Airbags
  • Stability Control
  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Auto Delay Off Headlamps
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • Traction Control
  • Blind Spot Warning Accident Avoidance System
  • Front, Rear, And Third Row Head Airbags

2015 Mazda CX-9 Final Verdict

The 2015 Mazda CX-9 is definitely an excellent crossover SUV with a lot of merits. It is definitely the most fun to drive along with being the most engaging SUV for the enthusiast who plans to carry a family around. However, we expect a redesigned CX-9 from the brand soon, and hence we feel that it is not exactly a wise decision to buy one now. If we have to pick one of the other three rivals, Hyundai Santa Fe comes out to be a decent pick.

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