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2017 Mazda CX-9 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

The Mazda CX-9 SUV is one of the very rare SUVs in its segment that look like it is moving at a lightning fast pace even when it is just stationary. The midsize crossover market is cut throat and making a car look good is just as important as it is to make it drive well. Mazda has certainly got the said part of the equation bang on target.

The turbo engine is a delight, the chassis is on point, the steering wheel feedback is just right,it is one of the very rare SUVs that even enthusiasts won't mind driving. The CX-9 empowers you to push to its limit every time you drive it.

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Pros

Amazing steering feedback

Superb chassis

Feisty engine

Upmarket interior

Cons

Cramped 3rd row

Low cargo capacity

No 2nd-row captain seats

What's New?

No major changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$31520

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

152 cu. in.

horsepower

227 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

310 lb.-ft. @ 2000 rpm

transmission

6-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.6 in. ventilated front disc/12.8 in. solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

115.3 in.

length

199.4 in.

width

77.2 in.

height

69 in.

curb weight

4144 lbs.

ground clearance

8.8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

135.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.4 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

1517 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.5 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/24/28 mpg

highway range

532 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No


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Styles

 2017 Mazda CX-9 in Deep Crystal Blue Mica color  2017 Mazda CX-9 in Jet Black Mica color  2017 Mazda CX-9 in Machine Gray Metallic color  2017 Mazda CX-9 in Snowflake White Pearl Mica color  2017 Mazda CX-9 in Sonic Silver Metallic color  2017 Mazda CX-9 in Soul Red Metallic color  2017 Mazda CX-9 in Titanium Flash Mica color
Deep Crystal Blue Mica

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Ratings

Features

7.7

Engine

8.4

Fuel Economy

8.3

Interior

8.7

Exterior

8.9

Safety

6.9

8.2

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Mazda CX-9 Sport

Sport

power
227 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
24 combined

$31,520 - $33,320


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $31,520 MSRP (22/24/28) 227 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2.5 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 7
Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $33,320 MSRP (20/23/26) 227 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2.5 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic all wheel drive 7

 2017 Mazda CX-9 Touring

Touring

power
227 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
24 combined

$35,970 - $37,770


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Touring 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $35,970 MSRP (22/24/28) 227 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2.5 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 7
Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $37,770 MSRP (20/23/26) 227 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2.5 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic all wheel drive 7

 2017 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring

Grand Touring

power
227 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
24 combined

$40,470 - $42,270


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Grand Touring 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $40,470 MSRP (22/24/28) 227 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2.5 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 7
Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $42,270 MSRP (20/23/26) 227 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2.5 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic all wheel drive 7

 2017 Mazda CX-9 Signature

Signature

power
227 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$44,315


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Signature 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $44,315 MSRP (20/23/26) 227 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2.5 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic all wheel drive 7

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8.3/10

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8.5/10

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 22, 2018

8.2

Overall Rating


With a starting price of $31,520, it is placed in a very competitive segment where a lot of well-established players already exist. But the 2017 Mazda CX-9 appears destined to break the SUV stereotype and sell in great numbers.


7.7/10
Features

 

8.4/10
Engine

 

8.3/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.7/10
Interior

 

8.9/10
Exterior

 

6.9/10
Safety

 
 
 

2017 Mazda CX-9 Features

7.7/10

The SUV is available in a total of 4 trims namely the Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, and Signature. All the trims feature a turbocharged 4 pot engine paired with a 6-speed auto gearbox. The base Sport trim can be bought for an MSRP of $31,520. A standard set of features include LED headlights and 3 zone climate control amongst other things. Then there is the mid-table touring trim with an MSRP of $35,970.  

Moving further, there are the Grand Touring trims for an MSRP of $40,470 with features like adaptive front lighting system and surround sound system with 12 speakers.

Then, there is the range-topping signature trim with an MSRP of $44,315. Features like leather upholstery, wood accents, and led shifter lighting come as standard.

Trim Sport Touring Grand Touring Signature
MSRP (FWD) $31,520 $35,970 $40,470 N/A
MSRP (AWD) $33,320 $37,770 $42,270 $44,315
Key Features LED headlights with auto off 8-inch full-color touch-screen display Adaptive Front-lighting System Leather-wrapped steering wheel with unique stitching
  LED daytime running lights Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry System LED fog lights Genuine Rosewood interior trim
  LED taillights Heated front seats Bright-finish lower body trim LED shifter accent lighting
  Three-zone automatic climate control Leather-trimmed seats (1st- and 2nd-row outboard seating positions) Rain-sensing windshield wipers Windshield-projected Active Driving Display
  Power windows with one-touch auto open/close on all windows Rearview Camera Aluminum roof rails with Satin Chrome finish Bose Centerpoint 2 Surround Sound System with 12 speakers and Audiopilot 2
  Steering-wheel-mounted audio, phone and cruise controls Audio system with 6 speakers Windshield-projected Active Driving Display SiriusXM Satellite Radio8 with a 4-month trial subscription to the Sirius All Access Package
  Rearview Camera Auxiliary audio input jack and 2 USB audio input ports Bose Centerpoint 2 Surround Sound System with 12 speakers and Audiopilot 2 Mazda Navigation System
  Audio system with 6 speakers Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming SiriusXM Satellite Radio8 with a 4-month trial subscription to the Sirius All Access Package  
  Auxiliary audio input jack and 2 USB audio input ports   Mazda Navigation System  
  Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming      

We Recommend

The mid-table touring trim seems to be the best value for money. It is not too expensive over the base sport  model but features a premium audio system and keyless entry and drive amongst other feel-good elements that justify its price tag.

2017 Mazda CX-9 Engine

8.4/10

Simply put, the Mazda CX-9 is the most fun-to-drive SUV in its class. As with other Mazdas, the CX-9 isn't the segment's most powerful, but its taut handling and turbocharged engine imbue this crossover SUV with athletic flair. -KBB

 Engine and Transmission

The Mazda CX-9 features a 2.4L 4 cylinder turbocharged engine mated to a six-speed auto transmission. The engine produces a healthy 227 hp and 310 lb-ft. of torque. The engine is nice and punchy even at lower rpm and peppy and fun to rev all the way to the redline

The Dodge Durango is the most powerful car in the segment while the CX-9 is the least powerful car in the segment at 227 horses.

Models

Mazda CX-9 sport

Honda Pilot LX

Hyundai Santa Fe Limited

Dodge Durango SXT

MSRP

$31,520

$30,595

$30,800

$29,995

Engine

2.5L I4

3.5-liter V-6 engine

3.3-liter V-6 engine

3.6-liter V-6 engine

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-Speed Automatic Transmission

6-Speed Automatic Transmission

8- Speed Automatic Transmission

Horsepower

227 hp

280 hp

290 hp

293 hp

Torque

310 lb-ft

262 lb.-ft.

252 lb-ft.

260 lb.-ft.

Acceleration

The Mazda CX-9 takes around 7.5 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill and goes all the way to a quarter of a mile in under 15.7 seconds. The acceleration starts out as instant but the sense of urgency dies down around the redline.

The Honda Pilot is actually the fastest accelerating car in the segment at 6.1 seconds. The 2nd spot is taken up by the Hyundai Santa Fe at 6.7 seconds. The third spot is taken up by the Mazda CX-9 while the Dodge Durango settles for the last spot.

Models

Mazda CX-9 sport

Honda Pilot LX

Hyundai Santa Fe Limited

Dodge Durango SXT

0-60 MPH

7.5 sec

6.1 sec

6.7 sec

7.6 Sec

Quarter mile

15.7 sec

15.1 sec

15.2 sec

15.8 sec

Engine

2.5L

3.5L

3.3L

3.6 L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

8.0

NA

8.4

Ride and Handling

Thanks to its neatly designed chassis is actually pretty fun to drive for a vehicle its size. The car is zippy enough at low speeds and firm enough on high speeds. The steering is always doing its job by giving positive feedback which allows you to accurately maneuver the car around even at high speeds.

Braking

The SUV features a set of 12.6-inch brake rotors in the rear while the front rotor size is not available at the moment. The SUV can stop from 60mph in under 126 feet which incredible for a 2-ton midsize crossover.

Dodge Durango is the car that takes the least distance to stop at 124 feet while the Honda Pilot takes the most distance to stop at 128 feet.

Model

Mazda CX-9 sport

Honda Pilot LX

Hyundai Santa Fe Limited

Dodge Durango SXT

Brake Front (in.)

N/A

12.6

12.6

13.0

Brake Rear (in.)

12.6

13.0

11.9

13.0

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4144

4054

4026

 

60-0 MPH (ft.)

126

128

125

124

2017 Mazda CX-9 Fuel Economy

8.3/10

The Mazda CX-9 is able to return a modest fuel economy of 24 mpg combined. The vehicle is also a great highway cruiser where it is able to return a fuel economy of 28 mpg. It's the most fuel efficient SUV amongst its rivals while all the other rivals fare the same with a fuel economy hovering around 22-21 mpg combined.

Model

Mazda CX-9 sport

Honda Pilot LX

Hyundai Santa Fe Limited

Dodge Durango SXT

MPG (city)

22

19

18

19

MPG (highway)

28

27

25

26

MPG (combined)

24

22

21

21

2017 Mazda CX-9 Interior

8.7/10

Pretty much everything about the CX-9's interior feels right and thoughtfully designed. This is a new benchmark for non-luxury SUVs, and other manufacturers should take notes on how Mazda makes the most of available space and how quality components all contribute to a favorable impression. -edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The Mazda CX-9 offers comfortable seating for up to 7 occupants. The front seats are one of the most spacious in the segment and offer optimum levels of thigh support. The 2nd row is comfortable too but it's the 3rd row where the things get a little cramped.

In the segment, the SUV is the most overall spacious car while the 2nd spot is taken up by the Honda Pilot and the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Dodge Durango settle for 3rd and 4th spot respectively.

Model

Mazda CX-9 sport

Honda Pilot LX

Hyundai Santa Fe Limited

Dodge Durango SXT

Passenger capacity

7

8

7

5

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

39.3/57.9/41.0

40.1/62.0/40.9

39.9/59.4/41.3

39.9/58.5/40.3

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.5/58.1/39.4

40.2/62.0/38.4

39.4/58.3/40.4

39.8/58.3/38.6

Infotainment System

The infotainment suites on the Mazda is handled by an 8-inch color touchscreen. The screen is ergonomically placed but it does attract a lot of dust and smudges. The MMI is a breeze to use and registers touch inputs and produces feedback in an appropriate manner.

Cargo Capacity

Cargo capacity on the CX-9 is perhaps one of the few let downs on the SUV. The car features a boot of a max 71.2 ft in capacity. However, the loading and unloading angles are well thought out and putting stuff in the boot is not a problem at all.

The Dodge Durango features the largest sized boot amongst the rivals at 84.5 ft. Not too far behind is the Honda Pilot at 83.9 ft. While Santa Fe takes the 3rd spot with 80 ft, the Mazda CX-9 becomes the gatekeeper.

Model

Mazda CX-9 sport

Honda Pilot LX

Hyundai Santa Fe Limited

Dodge Durango SXT

Cargo Volume to seat 1 (ft.3)

71.2

83.9

80.0

84.5

Cargo Volume to seat 2 (ft.3)

21.5

 46.8

40.9

47.7

Cargo Volume to seat 3 (ft.3)

14.4

16.5

13.5

NA

Interior Features

Some of the interior features included are -

  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Leather Upholstery
  • Ventilated seats.
  • 3 zone climate control

2017 Mazda CX-9 Exterior

8.9/10

With last year's revamp, this 2nd-gen Mazda CX-9 received a svelte new suit. Dressed in Mazda's "Soul of Motion" design philosophy, the CX-9's sheet metal emphasizes sweeping forms, organic shapes, and the idea of movement even at rest. We think it's beautiful. –Kelley Blue Book

Dimension and Weight

At 4144 lbs curb weight, the CX-9 is the heaviest car in its segment and also pretty long at 199.4 inches but the elongated back does not look out of place and fits well with the rear fascia of the car. With a ground clearance of 8.8 inches, it's the most distance away from the ground amongst its competitors.

Model

Mazda CX-9 sport

Honda Pilot LX

Hyundai Santa Fe Limited

Dodge Durango SXT

Curb weight (lbs.)

4144

4054

4026

 

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

66.5

70.9

Ground clearance (in)

8.8

NA

7.3

8.1

Wheelbase (in)

115.3

111

110.2

119.8

Track width (in) F/R

65.3/65.2

66.3/66.3

64.1/64.5

63.9/64.1

Exterior Features

Some of the exterior features are -

  • 18 or 19-inch alloy wheels
  • LED headlights
  • Door mounted rear view mirrors
  • Multi-spoke alloy wheels

Wheels

The SUV features a set of 19 or 18-inch alloy wheels draped in all-terrain tires.

2017 Mazda CX-9 Safety

6.9/10

Mazda has loaded the CX-9 with a host of safety features that ensure the safety of the passengers at all times. The car has also been crashing tested by all the major crash-testing agencies where it scored 4 stars or more in almost all the segments.

Safety Features

  • 3-point seatbelts at all seating positions
  • Advanced dual front air bags1 with driver’s seat-position and passenger-weight sensors
  • Front side-impact air bags1 and side-impact air curtains with rollover protection
  • Dynamic Stability Control2 and Traction Control System
  • Trailer Stability Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

2017 Mazda CX-9 Competition

Mazda CX-9 vs Dodge Durango

The Dodge Durango has a ferocious look synonymous with Dodge vehicles and It looks better than the Mazda CX-9. The interiors are well appointed but the interior space is on the lower side.

There is also seating for only 5 compared to the Mazda CX-9’s 7. Not only does the Mazda drive well, it also has a better interior and seating for more.

Mazda CX-9 vs Honda Pilot

The Honda Pilot is an SUV that is very similarly priced with an almost identical fuel economy as well. Thankfully, the similarities end right here. The styling on the Honda is very minivan-ish, sans the sliding doors of course. The Mazda CX-9, on the other hand, looks superior from every possible angle with its classy looks.

The Mazda CX-9 also triumphs on both on and off road riding capabilities. However, the Honda does offer to seat for 8 against that of 5 on the Jeep.

Mazda CX-9 vs Hyundai Santa Fe

The Santa Fe is another soft-roader in the segment. The car features a beautiful futuristic design that makes it look more like a spaceship. Inside, the interior is nicely placed and make use of a lot of soft-touch materials.

However, the Santa Fe loses out to the Mazda CX-9 in terms of interior space and overall ride and handling.

2017 Mazda CX-9 Final Verdict

The 2017 Mazda CX-9 is beast of an SUV to drive and even to look at. The car features an upmarket cabin that has the ability to put even more premium cars to shame. It drives so well that it can surprise even the most critical enthusiast. All in all, if you want a peppy, swift and comfortable 7 seater, the CX-9 SUV is something worth considering.