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