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2011 Mazda CX-9
2011 Mazda CX-9
Available Price Range $8,890-$21,330 Trims6 Combined MPG 19-20 Seats 7

Our Take on the 2011 Mazda CX-9

Our Take

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. There are no significant changes.The CX-9 has sleeker lines and a spo... Read Full Report

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

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

Reviews

Our Expert Reviews

Editor's note: This review was written in May 2010 about the 2010 Mazda CX-9. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what's new for 2011, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years. If you want an SUV with seven or more seats, your options start with compact crossovers — whose optional third-row seats are best left for ... Read full review for the 2011 Mazda CX 9

Consumer Reviews

4.1

Average based on 22 reviews

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Great Crossover

by Luxury Man from Nashville on January 20, 2011

I have owned Cadillacs for about 20years> I have never driven or owned an import always a GM man. I took a chance and droved a Mazda CX-9 after trying several others including Cadillac SRX.for the Mon... Read Full Review

6 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.


It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.

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Safety

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring

Head Restraints and Seats
M
Moderate overlap front
G
Roof Strength
M
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

Other

Roof Strength
M

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
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.

Recalls

Great news! There are currently no known recalls on 2011 Mazda CX-9.


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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