2014 Mazda CX-9

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Key Specs

of the 2014 Mazda CX‑9. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Nimble handling considering its size
  • Powerful V-6
  • Highway stability
  • Visibility

The Bad

  • Unintuitive TomTom-based navigation
  • Dated interior design
  • Third row best left for kids

Notable Features of the 2014 Mazda CX-9

  • New available rear cross-traffic alert
  • Seats seven in three rows
  • Standard Roll Stability Control
  • Available blind spot warning system

2014 Mazda CX-9 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Restyled last year, the Mazda CX-9 crossover seats up to seven in three rows and is available with front- or all-wheel drive. It competes with the Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander.

New for 2014
Rear cross-traffic alert is now available.

Exterior Highlights

  • 18-inch alloy wheels; available 20-inch wheels
  • Dual exhaust tips
  • Available power liftgate
  • Available xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Available LED daytime running lamps
  • Available fog lights
  • Available power moonroof

Interior Highlights

  • Cloth upholstery; available leather
  • Available heated front seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear selector
  • Three-zone automatic climate control
  • Cruise control
  • CD stereo with 5.8-inch touch-screen, USB port, MP3 jack, Bluetooth audio streaming and Pandora integration
  • 60/40-split second row reclines, slides forward and backward and folds down
  • 50/50-split third row folds down
  • Available rear-seat entertainment system with 9-inch screen
  • Available Bose premium stereo
  • Available TomTom-based in-dash navigation system

Under the Hood

  • 273-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 engine
  • Engine uses regular gas
  • Six-speed automatic transmission with clutchless-manual mode
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds when properly equipped

Safety Features

  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Three-row side curtain airbags
  • All-disc antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system with roll stability control
  • Available backup camera
  • Available rear ...
Vehicle Overview

Restyled last year, the Mazda CX-9 crossover seats up to seven in three rows and is available with front- or all-wheel drive. It competes with the Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander.

New for 2014
Rear cross-traffic alert is now available.

Exterior Highlights

  • 18-inch alloy wheels; available 20-inch wheels
  • Dual exhaust tips
  • Available power liftgate
  • Available xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Available LED daytime running lamps
  • Available fog lights
  • Available power moonroof

Interior Highlights

  • Cloth upholstery; available leather
  • Available heated front seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear selector
  • Three-zone automatic climate control
  • Cruise control
  • CD stereo with 5.8-inch touch-screen, USB port, MP3 jack, Bluetooth audio streaming and Pandora integration
  • 60/40-split second row reclines, slides forward and backward and folds down
  • 50/50-split third row folds down
  • Available rear-seat entertainment system with 9-inch screen
  • Available Bose premium stereo
  • Available TomTom-based in-dash navigation system

Under the Hood

  • 273-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 engine
  • Engine uses regular gas
  • Six-speed automatic transmission with clutchless-manual mode
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds when properly equipped

Safety Features

  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Three-row side curtain airbags
  • All-disc antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system with roll stability control
  • Available backup camera
  • Available rear parking sensors
  • Available blind spot warning system
  • Available rear cross-traffic alert

 


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Great Mid-Sized SUV

by Trice from Peoria, IL on October 11, 2018

We were looking for something with more space but not quite the size of a full size SUV. This car is the perfect fit, it has 3 rows, with enough space for adults in all 3 rows, and all 3 rows are very ... Read full review

(5.0)

This is the overall best vehicle I have owned!

by Kimiberly25 from Aurora, CO on July 31, 2018

I love everything about this car! Only thing better would be if it got 20 miles to the gallon. Mazda's a very reliable cars and this is the first one I have had and I don't think it will be my last! Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2014 Mazda CX-9 currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2014 Mazda CX-9 Sport

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

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
acceptable
Overall evaluation
poor
Retraints and dummy kinematics
poor
Structure and safety cage
marginal

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.*

Third-row access

C

Infant seat

B

Booster

(second row)

B

Booster

(third row)

B

Latch or Latch system

B

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

B

Rear-facing convertible

B
* 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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