2016 Mazda CX-9

MSRP $31,520

Ranked #13 in Suv

7.7

Overall Rating

2016 Mazda CX-9 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 9, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Mazda CX-9 has been completely redesigned for the 2016 MY. The 2016 CX-9 comes with an all-new SKYACTIV turbocharged inline-4 engine that develops an impressive 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque and strikes the perfect balance between fuel efficiency and power. The Mazda CX-9 may not be the fastest SUV around the block, but it sure will plant a smile on your face every time you push the gas pedal. 

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Pros

Punchy performance

Sharp handling

Fuel efficient

Comfortable seats

Cons

Small cargo space

Limited third-row space

Driver-assist features can be intrusive

What's New?

2016 Mazda CX-9 has been completely redesigned


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$31520

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

top speed

119 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

227 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

310 lb.-ft. @ 2000 rpm

transmission

6 speed shiftable automatic

dimensions

wheelbase

115.3 in.

length

199.4 in.

width

77.5 in.

height

69 in.

curb weight

4054 lbs.

ground clearance

8.8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

135.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

71.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

1433 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.4 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/25/28 mpg

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$31,520 onwards

Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

8.4

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

8.2

Exterior

8.0

Safety

7.0

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.7

Overall Rating


The cabin design has been also redone, and the CX-9 now comes with the latest Mazda Connect infotainment system. Although the cabin feels nice to look at, the space is a bit on the congested side, especially in the third-row seats. With a starting price of $31,520, it is placed in a very competitive segment, where rivals like the Honda PilotHyundai Santa Fe, and the aging Dodge Durango make for a good alternative.


8.0/10
Features

8.4/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.2/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2016 Mazda CX-9 Features

8.0/10

The 2016 Mazda CX-9 is offered in four trim levels, which are Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, and Signature. It falls in a price range that extends from $31,520 for its base variant and goes up to $44,315 for its top-rack variant. The first three are offered with a choice of FWD or AWD, while AWD is standard on the Signature trim. The SUV utilizes a 2.5-liter turbocharged powertrain that puts out 227 hp and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. 

Trim

Sport

Touring

Grand Touring

Signature

MSRP (FWD)

$31,520

$35,970

$40,470

-

MSRP (AWD)

$33,320

$37,770

$42,270

$44,315

Key Features

227 hp, 2.5-liter turbo inline-4 engine

Adds or upgrades to ‘Sport’

Adds or upgrades to ‘Touring’

Adds or upgrades to ‘Grand Touring’

 

LED headlights with auto-off

8-inch full-color touch-screen display

Adaptive Front-lighting System

Leather-wrapped steering wheel with unique stitching

 

LED tail lights

Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry System

LED fog lights

Genuine Rosewood interior trim

 

LED daytime running lights

Heated front seats

Bright-finish lower body trim

LED shifter accent lighting

 

Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming

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

Rain-sensing windshield wipers

Windshield-projected Active Driving Display

 

Three-zone automatic climate control

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

Aluminum roof rails with Satin Chrome finish

 
 

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

Power-adjustable driver’s seat w/ lumbar support

Windshield-projected Active Driving Display

 
 

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

Auxiliary audio input jack and 2 USB audio input ports

Bose Surround Sound System with 12 speakers 

 
 

Rearview Camera

Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming

SiriusXM Satellite Radio

 
 

Audio system with 6 speakers

 

Mazda Navigation System

 
 

Auxiliary audio input jack and 2 USB audio input ports

     

We Recommend

The Touring trim hits the sweet spot as it comes with the most desirable features and can be upgraded to include many of the Grand Touring's add-ons, considering you want to spend the extra cash. Powertrain and transmission are the same in all the trims, so spending upwards of forty grand doesn’t make sense on the Mazda CX-9.

2016 Mazda CX-9 Engine and Performance

8.4/10

The Mazda CX-9 is powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged powertrain dishing out 227 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. Fill it with premium fuel, and the CX-9 can put out 250 hp with the same torque figure. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, and the front-wheel-drive is standard. Its power is enough for city driving, but it doesn't feel adequate for highway passes. The Mazda CX-9 with 310 lb-ft of torque can sprint from 0-60 mph in just 7.5 seconds and covers the quarter-mile in 15.9 seconds, which is above average performance. 

Models

2016 Mazda CX-9

2016 Honda Pilot

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe

2016 Dodge Durango

MSRP

$31,520

$30,345

$30,800

$29,995

Engine

2.5-liter turbo Inline-4

3.5-liter V6

3.3-liter V6

3.6-liter V6

Drivetrain

FWD

AWD

FWD

AWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic 

8- speed automatic

Horsepower (hp @ rpm)

227 hp @ 5000 rpm

280 hp @ 6000 rpm

290 hp @ 6400 rpm

293 hp @ 6400 rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

310 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm

262 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm

252 lb-ft @ 5200 rpm

260 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

7.5 sec

6.2 sec

7.2 sec

7.7 Sec

Quarter mile (sec)

15.9 sec

14.8 sec

15.9 sec

15.9 sec

Top Speed (MPH)

133 MPH

128 MPH

125 MPH

151 MPH

The rivals not only cost less than the Mazda CX-9 but also put out more power from their V6 engine. Among them, the Honda Pilot sprints the fastest 0-60 mph in 6.2 seconds and covers the fastest quarter-mile in 14.8 seconds, which is 1.3 seconds quicker in the 0-60 mph run and 1.1 seconds quicker in covering the quarter-mile compared to the CX-9. When comparing the top speed, the Dodge Durango comes out to be the fastest at 151 mph.

2016 Mazda CX-9 Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The 2016 Mazda CX-9 has an EPA estimated gas mileage of 22 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway, and 25 mpg combined, which is great fuel economy for the class. The CX-9 AWD models earn 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, which is still a great figure for this segment. The fuel tank capacity of the CX-9 is 19-gallon, which is on par with the segment.

Model

2016 Mazda CX-9

2016 Honda Pilot

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe

2016 Dodge Durango

MPG (city)

22

18

18

18

MPG (highway)

28

26

25

25

MPG (combined)

25

21

21

21

Fuel tank capacity (gal.)

19.0

19.5

18.8

24.6

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

418/ 532/ 475

351/ 507/ 409

338/ 470/ 395

443/ 615/ 517

None of the rivals can match the gas mileage of the CX-9 in this comparison. Among the rivals, the Honda Pilot is the most fuel-efficient and returns 18 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway, and 21 mpg combined. The Dodge Durango comes with the biggest fuel tank capacity of 24.6-gallons and returns a combined range of 517 miles.

2016 Mazda CX-9 Interior

8.2/10

The interior design of the Mazda CX-9 screams class and minimalism. The dashboard layout is simple yet ergonomically done. Everything is seamlessly integrated into the dash to give it a one-piece look. Inside the cabin, the Mazda CX-9 has a three-row seven-passenger seating configuration, where the third row is good for kids only. The cabin is well-isolated from the exterior road-noise, while the wind and engine noise is barely noticeable even at high speeds. The seats are well-bolstered and provide comfort all day long. Headroom and legroom are adequate for an average-sized individual in the first two rows. 

Model

2016 Mazda CX-9

2016 Honda Pilot

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe

2016 Dodge Durango

Passenger capacity

7

8

7

7

Front (head/shoulder/leg) (in.)

39.3/ 57.2/ 41.0

40.1/ 62.0/ 40.9

39.6/ 59.4/ 41.3

39.9/ 58.5/ 40.3

Second (head/shoulder/rear) (in.)

38.5/ 58.1/ 39.4

40.2/ 62.0/ 38.4

39.4/ 58.6/ 41.3

39.8/ 57.7/ 38.6

Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

35.4/ 53.1/ 29.7

38.9/ 57.6/ 31.9

35.7/ 53.9/ 31.5

37.8/ 50.4/ 31.5

Cargo Capacity with rear seats up (cu.ft.)

14.4

18.5

13.5

17.2

The Mazda CX-9 has 14.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 38.2 cubic feet with the third row folded, and a maximum of 71.2 cubic feet with both the second and third rows of seats folded. The cabin of the Mazda CX-9 feels cramped compared to the rivals. The Honda Pilot, in terms of overall cabin space, takes the lead and has adult-friendly third-row seats, which is a plus in this segment. It didn’t stop here as it also offers the best 18.5 cubic feet of cargo space with all the seats up. Key interior features include:

  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Keyless entry
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Fabric upholstery
  • Available auto-dimming inside rearview mirror
  • Available leather upholstery
  • Available power-adjustable front seats

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

The 2016 Mazda CX-9 comes with the latest Mazda Connect infotainment system that runs on a 7.0-inch standard touchscreen, while there is also a bigger 8.0-inch touchscreen option available. The infotainment system is controlled via a rotary knob at the center console to ensure minimal driver distraction. Standard features include a six-speaker sound system, Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports, HD Radio, etc. Available features include navigation, a 12-speaker Bose premium sound system, etc. Key infotainment features include:

  • Mazda Connect infotainment
  • 7.0- and 8.0-inch touchscreen
  • Six speaker sound system
  • HD Radio
  • Auxiliary input ports
  • Available Bose premium sound system
  • Available satellite radio

2016 Mazda CX-9 Exterior

8.0/10

Every aspect of the 2016 Mazda CX-9 is engineered to maximize driving dynamics and efficiency. The "Soul of Motion" design philosophy of Mazda emphasizes organic design and the idea of movement even at rest. With the use of lightweight materials, the curb weight of CX-9 falls at 4,054 lbs, which is almost the lowest in its class. The tapered stance does make it look smaller than other rivals. A pair of exhaust outlets in the rear emphasize the streamlined design.

Model

2016 Mazda CX-9

2016 Honda Pilot

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe

2016 Dodge Durango

Curb weight (lbs.)

4,054

4,220

3,933

4, 913

Length(in)

199.4

194.5

193.1

201.2

Width(in)

77.5

78.6

74.2

75.8

Height(in)

69.0

69.8

66.9

70.9

Ground clearance (in)

8.8

7.3

N/A

8.1

Wheelbase (in)

115.3

111.0

110.2

119.8

When compared to the rivals, the Mazda CX-9 offers the highest ground clearance of 8.8 inches. The longest SUV is the Dodge Durango at 201.2 inches, the widest is the Honda Pilot at 78.6 inches, and the tallest is again the Dodge Durango at 70.9 inches. Being the longest SUV, the Dodge Durango has the longest wheelbase of 119.8 inches, a full 4.5-inches longer than the CX-9’s wheelbase. Key exterior features include:

  • 18- or 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic LED headlights
  • Power liftgate
  • Available Sunroof
  • Available LED fog lights
  • Available automatic wipers
  • Available adaptive headlights

2016 Mazda CX-9 Safety

7.0/10

The 2016 Mazda CX-9 scores well in the safety tests conducted by both NHTSA and IIHS. The CX-9 scores an overall 5-star rating from NHTSA, while it receives a ‘Good’ score on most of the categories by IIHS. The 2016 CX-9 is equipped with features like Smart Brake Support, Lane Keep Assist, and Lane Departure Warning. Key safety features include:

  • Side-impact door beams
  • Smart Brake Support
  • Child-safety rear door locks
  • Dynamic Stability Control w/ Traction Control System and Trailer Stability Assist
  • Roll Stability Control
  • Blind Spot Monitoring w/ Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

2016 Mazda CX-9 Final Verdict

You will love everything about the 2016 Mazda CX-9, whether its design, fuel economy, thoughtful interior, and of course, the handling. This Mazda offers a well-built class-leading interior, plush ride, and a well-engineered inline-four engine that cements CX-9's image as a driver's car. Although if you are looking for a family hauler with sufficient cargo space, then you are better off with the Honda Pilot.

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