2011 Mazda CX-9 Review

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Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

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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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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March 12, 2017
2016 Mazda CX-9 AWD 4-Door Grand Touring

New CX9 a great SUV.

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Our 2016 C9 GT, Soul Red, Sand Leather, is one year old. We have put on 10,000 miles from new, running it in upstate New York with a mix of rural and city driving and commuting during the week. We also took... + More »
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June 11, 2016
2016 Mazda CX-9 AWD 4-Door Signature

Very agile and responsive SUV

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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 »
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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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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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October 14, 2015
2013 Mazda CX-9 AWD 4-Door Grand Touring

Above expectation.

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We are extremely happy with this Mazda. Great comfort on long trips. Mileage has been as claimed. The only complaint would be brake fade with aggressive driving. Power is adequate but am interested in new... + More »
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May 23, 2015
2009 Mazda CX-9 AWD 4-Door Sport

Nice looking vehicle to the eye with design flaws that bite your pockets down the line.

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If I knew the problems that these vehicles had, I would have stayed away. Do your research, Mazda knows that there is a design flaw with the transfer cases on this vehicle, when it goes bad it can create a... + More »
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September 19, 2015
2008 Mazda CX-9 FWD 4-Door Grand Touring

Nice driver, Good gas milage, $32,000.00 vehicle and the Mazda people left of the power tail gate unless you bought the navagtion Pkg.,really Mazda, and a few other thing that got left off, Really dumb Mazda!

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It's all right! For the same money you could buy a Lexus, next time!
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