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Mazda CX-9

Mazda CX-9

Base MSRP range

$32,280 – $45,365

Mazda’s CX-9 is a stylish three-row SUV that is quite engaging to drive, thanks to its nimble handling that makes it feel like a smaller vehicle. Power comes from a responsive, free-revving 227-hp, 2.5-liter turbo four-cylinder mated to a smooth six-speed automatic. We got 22 mpg overall. The ride is very comfortable, and the cabin is commendably quiet. The interior is well-finished, particularly on the Signature trim, and the seats are comfortable. Though second-row seating is generous, the third row is predictably tight. Mazda’s dial-controlled infotainment system takes time to master. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection is standard. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility is new.

The 2019 Mazda CX-9 is one of the most fun-to-drive vehicles in the midsize SUV class. It earns a top ranking thanks to having one of the nicest interiors in the segment, along with good safety and predicted reliability ratings.

Is the Mazda CX-9 a Good SUV?

Yes, the Mazda CX-9 is an excellent midsize SUV. It delivers enthusiastic acceleration from a stop and dialed-in agility on twisty roads. A plush ride and exceptional interior materials and styling give the CX-9 an air of luxury and comfort.

Should I Buy the Mazda CX-9?

The CX-9 is an alluring pick for families and driving enthusiasts alike. We’ve extolled its performance virtues, but it offers a lot more appeal beyond that. Every CX-9 comes standard with safety technology such as forward automatic emergency braking and blind spot monitoring, and most trims offer an ample supply of entertainment features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other high-tech systems that include adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, and a 360-degree parking camera are available in higher trims.

Those looking for more space or overall utility may want to instead consider rivals like the Honda Pilot, Chevrolet Traverse, or Volkswagen Atlas. Each of these has considerably more cargo space than the CX-9, and some have roomier third-row seats.

Should I Buy a New or Used Mazda CX-9?

When it comes to building an SUV that tenders a luxury-like experience without the luxury price tag, Mazda has made leaps and bounds over the years with its upper trim levels. Many opulent amenities are offered in the new CX-9, such as ventilated seats, first-class Nappa leather, and cutting-edge technology. That hasn’t always been the case. Models toward the beginning of this generation (which began with the 2016 model year), including the 2016 and 2017 CX-9, didn’t come with the same level of features. A suite of advanced safety features became standard for 2018, and treats like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto weren’t available until 2019. That said, if these enhancements aren’t important to you, you can likely save money and still get a terrific SUV by shopping for an older model.