2013 Mazda Cx 9
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Best bang for the buck

by from Houston, TX on April 1, 2013

I went looking for an SUV with a 3rd row of seats that didn't break the bank. The touring model comes with leather seats, heated seats, full Bluetooth for your phone, and it is already set up to work ...
I went looking for an SUV with a 3rd row of seats that didn't break the bank. The touring model comes with leather seats, heated seats, full Bluetooth for your phone, and it is already set up to work with navigation if you have your Mazda dealer install a chip. You don't have to pay big bucks to have all the luxury features of the competition. You can literally get all the bells and whistles and save over the competition. I drove the Honda Pilot but it didn't drive as nice. The Traverse in the price range I was looking had hub caps instead of real rims and was really stripped down. I tested the Explorer but its new blinker system was a turn off and a backup camera which was standard on this and other lower end models wasn't offered on the Explorer. It wasn't as stripped down as the Traverse but it wasn't much better. The new Nissan Pathfinder had nearly all the features but I was not confident in the new transmission which I read some bad reviews about. It came down to the Nissan or the Mazda and although I preferred the exterior styling of the Nissan, the Mazda had more features and it seemed to have much more "get up and go". Easily the best value for the money and my only complaint is its exterior seems a little boring compared to some of its competition. I tested drove all the cars in this category twice before making my decision and it was a good one. It is the most fun to drive out of the midsize CUV's and the most affordable. If you have 40k to throw out on a CUV then by all means I'm sure you have more options than me but if you are looking to stay close to 30k and get the best bang for your buck this is it.
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Mazda CX9

by from Phoenix AZ on October 27, 2013

This is my second CX 9. Compared it to Acura MDX and Inifiniti JX35. The Mazda out performed both accept in MPG but the $12K lower price made up that difference and more. It's a nice looking car with ...
This is my second CX 9. Compared it to Acura MDX and Inifiniti JX35. The Mazda out performed both accept in MPG but the $12K lower price made up that difference and more. It's a nice looking car with lots of interior room. It's got an easy to use 3rd row for hauling lots of kids when needed, and it''s comfortable. Highly recommend. (BTY the CX 9 I traded in had 75K miles and all I ever di was replace 2 tires, 3 filters, and one flush, along with oil changes every 6K miles. Can't beat that in maintenance!)
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Great for the family

by from Elizabethtown, PA on May 25, 2016

First, let me say I love this car. I'm possibly going to nit pick a little bit, but I love it. My Mazda CX-9 is quiet, comfortable, and a delight to drive. The gas mileage is not too good, but blame t...
First, let me say I love this car. I'm possibly going to nit pick a little bit, but I love it. My Mazda CX-9 is quiet, comfortable, and a delight to drive. The gas mileage is not too good, but blame that on power. This car is peppy and responsive and goes fast without trying. I love the room and the ride. It is a delight to drive. Now for the nit picking. I have the Touring model. The options package is odd. I have a power lift gate, but no automatic headlights. No garage door opener. Speaking of headlights, they aren't very bright. I'm actually going to ask if they can be adjusted. I am constantly needing my high beams! And then my last petty gripe, the nav. This is my second Mazda with Tom Tom nav and I hate it. It is slowwwww and annoying. I have switched to using my phone apps.
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I LOVE THIS CAR AND THE GUYS WHO SOLD IT TO ME!!!

by from Philadelphia, Pa on July 30, 2013

I am so ecstatic about this vehicle and the car dealership. You just don't know all of what I went through. I went to ten dealerships before I got to the final one. I was spending cash money and recei...
I am so ecstatic about this vehicle and the car dealership. You just don't know all of what I went through. I went to ten dealerships before I got to the final one. I was spending cash money and received such rude responses from so many OTHER places. I had one guy tell me that he was doing ME a favor. When in reality he would have received a healthy commission from my purchase. You know i left that place. I had some technical paperwork and a lot of legal documents to configure, where I had to purchase a vehicle for my mother who is incapacitated, to get her around. Every other dealership told me it couldn't be done. Well i went to a Mazda dealership in Maple Shade and had the most excellent experience. The guys were nice there. they were cordial. After ONE phone call with their attorney it was realized that there was no difficulties. and since it was a JUDGE ORDERED AND SIGNED AFFIDAVIT for the purchase of that vehicle it made no sense as to why no one else could do it. I was able to get this vehicle fully loaded with leather heated seats. rear navigation screen in the dashboard, cd player, mp3, works. They went above and beyond for me with this car. It drives extra smooth. I'm still playing with all the buttons. Cause i've only had it for a week. But i felt so jubilant and overwhelmed by the excellent customer service i felt a need to write this review to let the world know of how excellent Charles was in helping me to get the exact vehicle necessary for all of my needs in the back in forth to doctors appointments, adult daycare, and so much more which i'm put to do being my mother's sole caretaker.
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Handles Like a Sports Car

by from Connecticut on December 31, 2013

I've had the 2013 Mazda CX-9 for almost a year now and strongly recommend this vehicle. I test drove the Explorer, Durango, Pilot, Traverse, Pathfinder, Highlander, and Santa Fe and, while all are com...
I've had the 2013 Mazda CX-9 for almost a year now and strongly recommend this vehicle. I test drove the Explorer, Durango, Pilot, Traverse, Pathfinder, Highlander, and Santa Fe and, while all are competent in their own right, I found myself comparing each of them to the CX-9. After test-driving the CX-9, it was the only car that made me say "Wow" afterward. The Pathfinder, Pilot, and Traverse were big, bulky, cavernous rides. The Santa Fe felt thin and cheap. The Highlander was boring. I rented the Explorer one weekend and didn't like the MyFord touch interface, the funky blinker, the lack of leg room in the foot well, and the weird way the seats sit on top of an elevated platform. The Durango was a very close second place and I almost bought this vehicle but I don't have anything to tow and didn't like the 5-speed transmission (2014 is now an 8-speed and I might be driving the Durango had I waited a year). The CX-9 seats are very comfortable, the vehicle handles extremely well, and the quality of the interior is near-luxury. It has been very dependable the last 10 months and I've enjoyed driving it. The only downside is the poor gas mileage - which is true of all of these vehicles, but the CX-9 seems to be one of the worse of the bunch. I just came back from a weekend in VT where we got 8 inches of snow and the CX-9 handled flawlessly. We've taken it on many family trips and it fits the family perfectly. I strongly recommend this vehicle.
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The Battle tested Mazda CX9

by from Tampa, FL on July 6, 2015

I've owned mostly Mazda's in my life, because they are very well built and reliable. I've owned the Protege, the 626, the 3, the MPV and the CX9. I liked my first CX-9 so much I bought a much newer 20...
I've owned mostly Mazda's in my life, because they are very well built and reliable. I've owned the Protege, the 626, the 3, the MPV and the CX9. I liked my first CX-9 so much I bought a much newer 2013 CX9 Sport version just recently. I will never understand why people mess with makes and models that haven't stood the test of time. The CX9 certainly has been battle tested and is fun to drive. I recommend this car.
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Great expectations trumped by shortcomings

by from Philadelphia Pa on January 13, 2014

I've had my 2013 CX-9 for half a year now but quickly lost the love when discovering the shortcomings one doesn't pickup on the test drive. I feel that the exterior styling is very classy but it seems...
I've had my 2013 CX-9 for half a year now but quickly lost the love when discovering the shortcomings one doesn't pickup on the test drive. I feel that the exterior styling is very classy but it seems to lack when considering the interior. Up fron storage is bare lacks some amenities such as cup holders and power outlets considering I have 7 seats and a $3k tech package. The performance is great, there is no doubt about it but after a few months it seems to take on more of a truck like feel rather than the feel of a sedan it started out with. The second row seats do not fold flat (what?) like every SUV in existence really limiting the cargo space you think you have. Open the rear hatch but no dome light unless you also open the door and unless you are 6 feet tall you will be able not reach to manually turn on. And the stereo......the biggest selling point is also the biggest let down. Bluetooth and pandora app are fantastic, however the streaming text just flat out does not work and the USB/IPOD connection is absolutely horrible. It takes a minimum of 2 minutes to load (if you are lucky) shuffles horribly, has to reload every time you switch to a different function or turn the car off (another 2 - 10 minutes) and starts back from the beginning EVERY TIME!! The navigation is also pretty lame but I can just use my IPhone for the maps. Long review short, a simple software update for the entertainment system could bring this vehichle up to 5 stars.
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Very stylish and sporty

by from Chicago,IL on September 16, 2013

I test drove several 7 passenger SUV's and this was the best one. This one has the best styling and its very sporty. It doesnt make you fell like you are driving a big truck.
I test drove several 7 passenger SUV's and this was the best one. This one has the best styling and its very sporty. It doesnt make you fell like you are driving a big truck.
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Great Car For Kids and Dogs

by from Irvine, CA on March 26, 2014

We had been looking for a 7 seater suv for about a while now. We are just starting a family and need more space in the car for dogs kids and stuff. We found the Mazda Cx9 and fell in love all the thin...
We had been looking for a 7 seater suv for about a while now. We are just starting a family and need more space in the car for dogs kids and stuff. We found the Mazda Cx9 and fell in love all the things we wanted and a large amount of space for the price. We liked the look and love how much room it gives you inside. Its the best 7 seater for the price I think we looked at fords explorers with everything the Mazda came with it would the Ford would of been out of our price range for what we wanted inide.
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Love my CX9

by from Joliet, Illinois on September 24, 2013

This CUV is amazing, it has all the toys, bells and whistles. If you are not shy about the gas prices associated to this vehicle then it is a good buy. It has ample room for the entire family and much...
This CUV is amazing, it has all the toys, bells and whistles. If you are not shy about the gas prices associated to this vehicle then it is a good buy. It has ample room for the entire family and much more. My sons love it.
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