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2015 Mazda CX-9 OVERVIEW
Mazda's largest offering, the CX-9 has no problem transporting seven passengers or a formidable load of cargo. You probably expect that in a crossover of its size, but its responsive handling might come as a surprise. Like other Mazdas, the CX-9 tries hard to be the athlete of its class.
What's New for 2015
The CX-9 is essentially unchanged.
Choosing Your Mazda CX-9
The CX-9 wears a sleek profile for a seven-passenger vehicle, which helps disguise how big it really is. There's 101 cubic-feet of cargo space, enough to put it firmly in the largest class of crossover. The rearmost seat is easily accessible, and the second row slides and reclines to accommodate various seating situations. From behind the wheel, the CX-9 certainly feels smaller than reality thanks to its precise steering and alert suspension. There isn't much more you could ask for in terms of handling.
Every CX-9 gets a 3.7-liter V6 engine with 273 horsepower and a six-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is available across the board and comes with a towing prep package that allows the CX-9 to haul up to 3,500 pounds.
Like other Mazda models, the CX-9 is available in three trim levels: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring.
The price between the trim levels is quite small for what you get in return. Buyers have apparently figured this out, and most examples sitting on dealer lots are heavily equipped.
Mazda continues to offer No Payments For 90 Days across its entire lineup when financing. In the case of the sporty CX-5, you can combine that with 0.9% APR for up to 60 months.... View All Mazda Lease Deals