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2014 Mazda CX-9

2014 Mazda CX-9

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$8,440 — $17,824 USED
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Sport Utility
7 Seats
18-19 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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
2014 Mazda CX-9 exterior side view

What to Know

about 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

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2014 Mazda CX-9 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What's the Best 3-Row SUV for $40k

What Is the 2014 Mazda CX-9?

The 2014 Mazda CX-9 is a seven-seat large SUV that competes with the Ford Explorer, Chevrolet Traverse, Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. It is offered in Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring trim levels, all of which come standard with front-wheel drive but are available with all-wheel drive.

What's New on the 2014 Mazda CX-9?

For 2014 the Mazda CX-9 is newly offered with rear-cross traffic alert.

How Does the 2014 Mazda CX-9 Compare to Other Large SUVs?

The primary thing that separates the 2014 CX-9 from its competitors its handling – it's fun to drive thanks to precise steering, plenty of power and a responsive transmission. In terms of fuel economy, it's on par with other models in the class, offering 17/24 mpg city/highway – same as the Ford Explorer and Chevrolet Traverse, and coming in just behind the 18/25 mpg of the Honda Pilot. One could easily argue that its nimble driving dynamics more than make up for that, though.

While the 2014 CX-9 drives like a small vehicle, it feels quite spacious, even though its second-row headroom (39 inches) trails that of the Pilot (39.8), Traverse (39.4) and Explorer (40.5). While the second row feels large enough, the third row seats feel perfunctory at best. The CX-9 also lags a bit behind in cargo space behind its third row, with 17.2 cubic feet, less than the Traverse (24.4), Explorer (21) and Pilot (18). Even with the second- and third-row seats folded down, the Mazda CX-9's cargo space expands to only 100.7 cubic feet, which is once again outclassed by the Traverse's 116.3.

The CX-9's infotainment system is functional, but it would be better-served by a larger display and a more intuitive interface. While its 5.8-inch touchscreen is on the small side – the Chevy Traverse's is 6.5 inches – and frequently requires an unnecessary number of steps to achieve a given task, its navigation system is a winner, serving up atypically precise directions and even registering many private roads.

What Features in the 2014 Mazda CX-9 Are Most Important?

Every Mazda CX-9 comes equipped with a 273-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with a selectable manual-shifting mode.

Significant standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, dual exhaust tips, cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear selector; 60/40-split, folding second-row seats; 50/50-split, folding third-row seats; cruise control; three-zone automatic climate control; and a CD audio system with a 5.8-inch touchscreen; MP3 and USB jacks; and Bluetooth streaming capability.

Standard safety features include all-disc antilock brakes, an electronic stability system with roll stability control, front-seat side-impact airbags and three-row side-impact curtain airbags. Optional safety features include a backup camera, rear cross-traffic alert and a blind-spot warning system.

Should I Buy the 2014 Mazda CX-9?

It's rare for a large SUV to be worthy of descriptors like "agile" and "sporty," but they both apply to the 2014 Mazda CX-9, and that is perhaps its biggest triumph: It's just a lot of fun to drive. It's not as spacious as its competitors, and its multimedia controls can be a bit finicky, but it's also the sportiest model in its class, making it an appealing alternative to the relatively bland family haulers out there.

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
33 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

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(5.0)

Love this SUV

by Vera from Tulsa on November 14, 2019

I had it for three years now and have been very happy with it. It has room for seven and for the size gas usage is not to bad. I love the way it handles itself while driving but dont take it on a icy ... Read full review

(5.0)

Superb big SUV

by Bryce DePanyo from Daytona Beach, Fl on April 18, 2019

Terrific car that I’ve had for years! Bought new- great pep with the V6, 19-20 mpg, good A/C, radio, and handles very well! I’d only replace it with another Mazda! Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2014 Mazda CX-9 currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs 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

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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

(third row)

B

Booster

(second 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.
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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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