2017 Mazda CX-9 Overview

John Diether
Automotive Editor - April 3, 2017

Mazda's largest vehicle ever, the CX-9 offers room for seven and enough cargo space for a week-long road trip. The same can be said of many crossovers, but the CX-9 earns distinction with its sporty looks and alert road manners.

What's New for 2017

Changes are minimal for the second-generation CX-9's second year on the market.

Mazda CX-9

Choosing Your Mazda CX-9

Every CX-9 carries a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 250 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission delivers power to the front wheels. The optional all-wheel drive system provides all-weather capability for $1,800. EPA estimates are impressive for a vehicle of this size: 25 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving, or 23 mpg with all-wheel drive.

Adults will have no problem getting comfortable in the first two rows of the CX-9. As is often the case, the third row is better suited to children. With the rows folded, the CX-9 can hold up to 72 cubic feet of cargo. That's less than boxier crossovers of similar size, but we do appreciate the generous storage bin under the cargo floor.

The CX-9 comes in four trim levels:


Priced from $32,460 (including $940 destination charge), the Sport comes with tri-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, a six-speaker audio system, a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system, LED headlights. The Sport rolls on 18-inch alloy wheels. A power heated driver seat and heated side mirrors are available in a $950 bundle.


For $36,910, adds leather upholstery, heated power front seats, keyless ignition, a power liftgate, and an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen. Safety gets a boost from blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and low-speed automatic braking. The Touring's $1,745 Premium Package tacks on a sunroof, rear parking sensors, rear window shades, navigation, and a 12-speaker Bose surround-sound system.

Grand Touring

Gets the Touring's Premium Package content as standard, plus adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and a collision mitigation system. Outside are 20-inch wheels, adaptive LED headlights, and roof rails. Other extras include driver memory functions and aluminum interior trim. The Grand touring starts at $41,410.


Comes with everything available on the lesser trims, including all-wheel drive, for $45,255. Exclusive touches include upgraded leather seating, rosewood interior trim, and LED accent lighting.

There are no individual options for the CX-9 beyond the usual dealer-installed accessories.

CarsDirect Tip

Although most buyer's gravitate to the entry-level Sport, the Touring carries enough additional safety and comfort features to make it a superior value.

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