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2009 Mazda CX-9

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$3,597 — $11,637 USED
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Sport Utility
7 Seats
18-19 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Carlike responses
  • Highway stability
  • Interior quality
  • Visibility

The Bad

  • Too-light steering effort
  • Front seat cushions could be longer
  • Third row best left for kids
  • Gas mileage

What to Know

about the 2009 Mazda CX-9
  • Standard 3.7-liter V-6
  • Electronic stability system with Roll Stability Control
  • Seats seven in three rows
  • Optional blind-spot warning system
  • Optional backup camera

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2009 Mazda CX-9 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Introduced for the 2007 model year, the CX-9 crossover has a number of standard safety features and can seat up to seven people in its three rows of seats. It’s powered by a standard 3.7-liter V-6 engine and is available with front- or all-wheel drive. Competitors include the GMC Acadia, Hyundai Veracruz and Toyota Highlander.

New for 2009
The CX-9 receives minor equipment changes for 2009. A trip computer is standard on all models, and all-wheel-drive versions now come standard with a towing package. Sirius Satellite Radio and Bluetooth wireless phone communication is more widely available in 2009 models, and the Grand Touring trim level gains an auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink buttons.

Exterior
The CX-9 manages to avoid the chunkiness of many SUVs, in part because of its angular nose and carlike grille. The crossover’s shoulder line rises as it heads rearward, and the sides are free of cladding.

  • Four-wheel-independent suspension
  • 18-inch wheels are standard
  • 20-inch wheels are optional
  • Available power liftgate
  • Available high-intensity-discharge headlights

Interior
The CX-9 has front bucket seats, and the 60/40-split folding second-row seat has room for three. The second row’s backrest can recline or fold flat, and the seat can slide fore and aft to optimize legroom and cargo space. There’s room for two in the 50/50-split third-row seat, which also can fold flat.

  • Standard cloth seats
  • Optional leather seats
  • Standa...

Vehicle Overview
Introduced for the 2007 model year, the CX-9 crossover has a number of standard safety features and can seat up to seven people in its three rows of seats. It’s powered by a standard 3.7-liter V-6 engine and is available with front- or all-wheel drive. Competitors include the GMC Acadia, Hyundai Veracruz and Toyota Highlander.

New for 2009
The CX-9 receives minor equipment changes for 2009. A trip computer is standard on all models, and all-wheel-drive versions now come standard with a towing package. Sirius Satellite Radio and Bluetooth wireless phone communication is more widely available in 2009 models, and the Grand Touring trim level gains an auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink buttons.

Exterior
The CX-9 manages to avoid the chunkiness of many SUVs, in part because of its angular nose and carlike grille. The crossover’s shoulder line rises as it heads rearward, and the sides are free of cladding.

  • Four-wheel-independent suspension
  • 18-inch wheels are standard
  • 20-inch wheels are optional
  • Available power liftgate
  • Available high-intensity-discharge headlights

Interior
The CX-9 has front bucket seats, and the 60/40-split folding second-row seat has room for three. The second row’s backrest can recline or fold flat, and the seat can slide fore and aft to optimize legroom and cargo space. There’s room for two in the 50/50-split third-row seat, which also can fold flat.

  • Standard cloth seats
  • Optional leather seats
  • Standard tri-zone air conditioning
  • Optional navigation and backseat entertainment systems
  • Cargo area behind third row is 17.2 cubic feet

Under the Hood
The CX-9 features a 273-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 with 270 pounds-feet of torque.

  • Standard six-speed automatic transmission with clutchless-manual mode
  • V-6 runs on regular gas
  • 16/22 mpg city/highway for front-wheel drive and 15/21 mpg for all-wheel drive

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • All-disc antilock brakes
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Three-row side curtain airbags
  • Electronic stability system with Roll Stability Control rollover mitigation technology

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
22 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Read reviews that mention:

(4.0)

most reliable car I have owned.

by javier from plainfield on November 10, 2019

This car met all of my needs, it has plenty of legroom in the front and back, the ride is very smooth compare to other cars. Read full review

(3.0)

Great family car

by EmyV from White plains , New York on October 8, 2019

This car did the job for taking me from A to B . It’s very spacious on the inside . A lot of leg room , nice sound system with the aux . It has a sunroof , very big windows. It’s a perfect car for a ... Read full review

Safety

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The CX-9 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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