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2011 Mazda CX-9 Review

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The 2011 Mazda CX-9 can carry seven in comfort, but it loves curves more than almost any other roomy crossover.

With a family connection to Ford's crossovers--everything from the Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX, to the bigger Flex and MKT--the Mazda CX-9 veers off into its own distinctive niche. It's comfortable for five or seven people, some younger and smaller, but it's also a touch more involving to drive than the usual big ute.

The CX-9 has been around since 2007, and last year, it received a mild touch-up. It didn't need much to please our editors: the SUV-less looks embrace a car vocabulary, all curvy and smoothed over, more like an Audi Q7 than anything else. It's not quite that nuanced, but the CX-9 delivers a lot of finesse for its size.

Performance is the CX-9's trump card. A 273-horsepower V-6 and a common-sense six-speed automatic push the crossover around with little effort and lots of refinement. Steering's pretty charming for such a large Mazda--one with all-wheel drive as an option--and the ride's not too overbearing, unless you opt into the somewhat silly 20-inch wheels.

Five adults will still be friends after a stint in the first and second rows, but you won't be putting anyone fully-grown in the third row unless they're under five feet tall. It's a bit tough to climb over the second-row seats, too, but both the back rows will fold down so the CX-9 can swallow a hundred cubic feet of stuff.

Its safety record is strong, and the CX-9 is pretty well equipped without adding cost. For navigation and other high-end features, you'll have to spend up to the Grand Touring model, but the base Sport is a good value for drivers who want a few more signs of life than the ordinary crossover can deliver.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
2011 Mazda CX-9 AWD 4-Door Grand Touring

Forever car.

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Other then a problem when first purchased, no problems, fun to drive, reliable in all weather conditions. It's also the right size for a group of people or with the seats down, loads of stuff. Definitely would... + More »
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Friday, February 12, 2016
For 2016 Mazda CX-9

Very comfortable on long trips.

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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 »
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Monday, February 29, 2016
2015 Mazda CX-9 FWD 4-Door Sport

Mazda Is Great

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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 »
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