2010 Mazda CX-9 Review

The Car Connection Expert Rating Breakdown?

8.4
on a scale of 1 to 10
Styling
9.0
Expert Rating
Performance
8.0
Expert Rating
Comfort & Quality
8.0
Expert Rating
Safety
9.0
Expert Rating
Features
8.0
Expert Rating
2017
The Car Connection
2017
The Car Connection

The Car Connection Expert Review

The 2010 Mazda CX-9 loves curves more than almost any other roomy crossover, yet has three rows of useful seating.

Experts from TheCarConnection.com have driven the Mazda CX-9 and present you the pros, cons, and firsthand driving impressions on this sporty, spacious crossover vehicle. The editors of TheCarConnection.com have also read a wide range of reviews pertaining to the 2010 Mazda CX-9 in order to compile a full review.

Originally introduced in 2007, the seven-passenger CX-9 crossover is closely related to the Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX. The 2010 Mazda CX-9 is quite curvy, combining the handling and road manners of a wagon, the ride height and utility of an SUV, and a sporty style that’s in line with Mazda's recent zoom-zoom tack.

For 2010, the CX-9 receives slightly different styling at the front, along with redesigned side mirrors, plus additional chrome plating for some instrument panel and door panel edges. The CX-9’s interior remains stylish but not too obvious. Overall, the look of the CX-9 is more aggressive and overt compared to other roomy crossover models, yet it doesn’t make any reference to off-roading.

The strong, 273-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 in the 2010 Mazda CX-9 outmuscles most other rival engines, and unlike some others, it doesn’t require premium fuel. A smooth, six-speed automatic is standard, and maximum towing capacity is 3,500 pounds. The CX-9 has crisp, responsive handling for a vehicle of its size and weight, though it’s not as nimble as Mazda’s smaller CX-7 and the ride quality can be too firm for potholed surfaces. But fuel economy remains near the low end of the pack, with an EPA city fuel economy estimate of 17 mpg city. The CX-7 is able to tow up to 3,500 pounds.

Even though the 2010 Mazda CX-9 is just a mid-size offering as far as crossover vehicles go, all three rows are usable, and the front two rows are spacious for even the largest adults. The second row is split 60/40, reclines, or folds flat for cargo duty—although there isn’t a tremendous amount of space behind the third row. The interior looks and feels upscale, with pleasing materials and impressive build quality.

The CX-9 is arguably one of the safest vehicles in its class, with top crash-test scores and a host of active and passive safety features now including standard active headrests, anti-lock brakes, and electronic stability control. A blind-spot monitoring system and rear backup camera are optional.

The CX-9 is the best bargain, TheCarConnection.com thinks, in its base-model Sport form, which comes as well-equipped as some luxury-brand crossovers for slightly over $30,000. On the more upscale, leather-trimmed Touring and Grand Touring models, true luxury features are offered. However, fitted with top options like the Bose Centerpoint surround-sound system, a nav system with real-time traffic, and a DVD entertainment system, the bottom line can exceed $40,000—past the price of entry for some luxury-brand crossovers its size.

The Car Connection Consumer Review

Rate and Review your car for The Car Connection! Tell us your own ratings for a vehicle you own. Rate your car on Performance, Safety, Features and more.
Write a Review
June 11, 2016
2016 Mazda CX-9 AWD 4-Door Signature

Very agile and responsive SUV

  • Overall Rating
  • Interior/Exterior
  • Performance
  • Comfort and Quality
  • Safety
  • Features
  • Fuel Economy / MPG
  • Reliability
I know that many of you are looking for review from a buyer. So, here is the first one. I was tracking the delivery time of the dealerships and it finally arrived close buy. I wanted the Machine Gray Signature... + More »
people found this helpful.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
February 12, 2016
For 2016 Mazda CX-9

Very comfortable on long trips.

  • Overall Rating
  • Interior/Exterior
  • Performance
  • Comfort and Quality
  • Safety
  • Features
  • Fuel Economy / MPG
  • Reliability
Very happy with this vehicle. Many drives 8 - 10 hours. Replaced callipers and pads with hi-performance parts at 50 miles. Huge difference. Only complaint would be road noise and gas mileage. Up to 28mpg on... + More »
people found this helpful.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
February 29, 2016
2015 Mazda CX-9 FWD 4-Door Sport

Mazda Is Great

  • Overall Rating
  • Interior/Exterior
  • Performance
  • Comfort and Quality
  • Safety
  • Features
  • Fuel Economy / MPG
  • Reliability
I just got the CX-9 Sport & it's a great SUV. Roomy, comfy & a pleasure to drive. This is my 2nd Mazda, the first was a 2011 Mazda3 Speed. It was very reliable & so I just had to get another Mazda. The 1st was... + More »
people found this helpful.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
See all user reviews »
Looking for other models of the Mazda CX-9?
Read reviews & get prices
Compare the 2010 Mazda CX-9 against the competition
Compare All Cars
Related Used Listings
Browse used listings in your area
See More Used
s