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  • (4.8) 12 reviews
  • MSRP: $5,850–$13,858
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 18-19
  • Engine: 273-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 7
2009 Mazda CX-9

Our Take on the Latest Model 2009 Mazda CX-9

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

  • 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

2009 Mazda CX-9 Reviews

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

(4.8)

Average based on 12 reviews

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Mazda Can't be beat in battle of 3rd row vehicles

by jwalker_75 from Attleboro, MA on November 14, 2017

As an AWD 3rd row seating SUV, the vehicle is good-looking, large enough to travel like a pack-mule, and it is very comfortable. It is smooth to drive (even with 160K miles on it), and has been great... Read Full Review

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2009 Mazda CX-9 Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring

Head Restraints and Seats
M
Moderate overlap front
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
M
Overall Rear
M
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
A
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
A
Structure/safety cage
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
A
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring

Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Front Seat
Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

36mo/36,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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