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BASE INVOICE
$27,600
BASE MSRP
$29,820
On Styling
The 2009 Mazda CX-9 is an award-winning, stylish, sporty vehicle in a crowded field of full-size crossovers.
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The base front-drive versions are more than adequate for most types of driving; Grand Touring trims with AWD easily shoot past $40,000. It's a buyer's market with automakers eager to make deals, and there is no shortage of competitors to vie for your dollar. TheCarConnection.com recommends that you enter the sales experience prepared and bargain for the best deal possible.

With top crash tests all around, along with all of the expected airbags, and active and passive safety features, the CX-9 ranks as one of the safest vehicles in its class and makes an ideal family conveyance for that reason.

Even in base model form—where it’s the best bargain, in TheCarConnection.com’s opinion—the 2009 Mazda CX-9 comes equipped as a luxury vehicle, with tri-zone climate control and a Bluetooth hands-free interface among the standard features that are sometimes optional in this class of vehicle. But in more expensive, leather-lined Touring and Grand Touring trims some of the top options such as surround-sound audio and the rear DVD entertainment system can drive the price toward $40,000—and the realm of true luxury marques.

Other Choices:

If you're interested in the 2009 Mazda CX-9, also consider:

  • Honda Pilot
  • Subaru Tribeca
  • Chevrolet Traverse
  • Toyota Highlander

Reason Why:

Beyond the 2009 Mazda CX-9, the range of available crossovers staggers the mind. If size matters most to you, then consider any of the large crossovers from General Motors (the Chevrolet Traverse, or the closely related Buick Enclave, Saturn Outlook, or GMC Acadia)—they're the biggest. But don’t do so before driving the Mazda CX-9, which may reveal that size doesn't matter so much. All three GM vehicles provide top safety and comfortable interiors but aren’t as agile or nimble on the road as the CX-9. The Subaru Tribeca is closest to the CX-9 in driving manner, as it also handles better than most three-row SUVs, though the Subaru’s odd-duck styling elements might turn you off; on the other hand, the Honda Pilot appeals as a more basic, boxy ute even though it performs to similar standards. Style and price range remain big variables, so take the time to see and drive the Mazda in person. Only then decide whether the CX-9's low $30,000 price is spot-on for you. But it is one of the prettiest, and its adroit steering and handling make it a family hauler for those who like to drive. After a test drive, you may decide the 2009 Mazda CX-9 is really a less expensive alternative to an Acura MDX or BMW X5.

The Bottom Line:

Few seven-passenger vehicles are more road-friendly than the 2009 Mazda CX-9. Its looks and features list impress too.

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