Shopping for a new Mazda CX-9?
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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
Most folks haven't been too keen on the touch-screen-operated [navigation] system
Car and Driver
Roughly one-quarter of shoppers have snatched up a Sport—and for good reason
the agility of a car with the seating and cargo options of an SUV
With three trims to choose from—Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring—the 2009 Mazda CX-9 comes well equipped in any trim.
Besides its standard V-6, six-speed manu-matic, and traction control, a full complement of safety features, and power everything, the 2009 Mazda CX-9’s standard equipment includes "three-zone automatic climate with rear seat controls, tilt/telescopic leather-wrapped steering wheel w/radio controls, cruise control, cloth upholstery, front bucket seats, remote keyless entry, AM/FM/CD player, digital-media player connection, wireless cell phone link, theft-deterrent system, rear privacy glass, rear spoiler and 18-inch alloy wheels," according to ConsumerGuide. For 2009, CX-9s receive a trip computer standard on all models; Bluetooth capability for Sport trims; Sirius Satellite Radio is added to the Moonroof, Bose Audio Package, and Rear Seat Entertainment System Package; auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink is added to the Grand Touring trim; and trailer tow preparation is now standard on AWD models.
Options include a third-row entertainment system with DVD playback on a 9-inch seat-mounted LCD screen, a sunroof, and a moonroof. Motor Trend says the rear-seat entertainment system "that features a nine-inch LCD and 5.1 surround sound with 11 speakers" is "not available with a moonroof." However, Car and Driver finds "the rear-seat DVD system is a delight and is as intuitive as one might hope: Pop in the disc, hit the power button on the wireless headphones, and enjoy." Considering the moonroof eats into the CX-9's limited headroom, opting for the DVD system is a no-brainer.
Other options include all-wheel drive, satellite radio, a navigation system, a power tailgate, and a Bose audio system. Car and Driver tested a fully loaded model: "With a final sticker price of $41,855, that agreeable bottom line turned a bit pricey."
While the base Sport trim is well equipped, to fully experience the luxurious features offered in the 2009 Mazda CX-9, be prepared to spend about $40 large.