2011 Mazda CX-9

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Key Specs

of the 2011 Mazda CX‑9. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Carlike responses
  • Highway stability
  • Interior quality
  • Visibility
  • Enlarged side mirrors

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2011 Mazda CX-9

  • Seats seven in three rows
  • Standard 3.7-liter V-6
  • Electronic stability system with Roll Stability Control
  • Optional blind spot warning system

2011 Mazda CX-9 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

For the 2011 model year, the CX-9 receives only minor changes after undergoing a refresh in 2010. Available with front- or all-wheel drive, the CX-9 competes with the Chevrolet Traverse, Hyundai Veracruz and Toyota Highlander.

New for 2011
There are no significant changes.

Exterior
The CX-9 has sleeker lines and a sportier look than most crossovers, especially large three-row ones.

  • New designs for 18- and 20-inch wheels
  • Chrome door handles and turn-signal side mirrors (Grand Touring)
  • Available power liftgate
  • Available xenon headlights

Interior
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.

  • Optional powered front seats
  • Double-lid center console
  • Optional navigation and backseat entertainment systems

Under the Hood
The CX-9 features a 273-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 with 270 pounds-feet of torque. Front- and all-wheel drive are offered.

  • Standard six-speed automatic transmission with clutchless-manual mode
  • V-6 runs on regular gas
  • Mazda claims that fuel economy has improved to 17/24 mpg city/highway for front-wheel drive and 16/22 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

 

Vehicle Overview

For the 2011 model year, the CX-9 receives only minor changes after undergoing a refresh in 2010. Available with front- or all-wheel drive, the CX-9 competes with the Chevrolet Traverse, Hyundai Veracruz and Toyota Highlander.

New for 2011
There are no significant changes.

Exterior
The CX-9 has sleeker lines and a sportier look than most crossovers, especially large three-row ones.

  • New designs for 18- and 20-inch wheels
  • Chrome door handles and turn-signal side mirrors (Grand Touring)
  • Available power liftgate
  • Available xenon headlights

Interior
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.

  • Optional powered front seats
  • Double-lid center console
  • Optional navigation and backseat entertainment systems

Under the Hood
The CX-9 features a 273-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 with 270 pounds-feet of torque. Front- and all-wheel drive are offered.

  • Standard six-speed automatic transmission with clutchless-manual mode
  • V-6 runs on regular gas
  • Mazda claims that fuel economy has improved to 17/24 mpg city/highway for front-wheel drive and 16/22 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

 


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Truly zoom zoom!

by J Rudolph from Louisville, Ky on September 12, 2018

The interior is set up perfectly for what I love and I feel so proud when driving it around the outside looks amazing. I am able to get up and go on the interstate just like I love to. Read full review

(5.0)

Best car in 50 years of car ownership

by Globie from St. Louis, MO on August 17, 2018

We had a series of minivans, which I liked for the versatility, but my wife said no more. The CX-9 was eye-opening in how great a utility vehicle could drive. We have had absolutely no issues in 120,... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 Mazda CX-9 currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2011 Mazda CX-9 Sport

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
marginal
Overall Rear
marginal
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
marginal

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Mazda
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 6 years/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    160-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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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