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2009 Mazda CX-9

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2009 Mazda CX-9 Review

An attractive crossover SUV that rides like a larger vehicle, but at a high fuel cost.

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The 2009 Mazda CX-9 is a clever blend of the minivan with the attractive features of a sport utility vehicle (SUV). This vehicle gives the power of a 3.7-liter, V-6 engine all in one package.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 3.7-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: CX-9 Sport, CX-9 Touring, CX-9 Grand Touring

What's New

True to most new models, there are only minor changes with the 2009 Mazda CX-9 edition, starting with a newly installed navigation system. The navigation computer is voice-activated in the Touring and the Grand Touring versions. This is likely to be the trend, and this model integrates technology into the vehicle with the satellite radio and Bluetooth connectivity as standard features too.


Reviews of the 2009 Mazda CX-9 abound, and all of them agree on one thing: this vehicle is very substantial. The 18-inch alloy wheels with the large all-season tires get this vehicle off to a good start. Above the first row of seats is the tinted glass sunroof sloping to the rear, where the vehicle has a rear lift-gate door. All of the trims come with a cargo tow as a standard feature.

The 2009 Mazda CX-9 sits at an impressive ground clearance of 8.1 inches, with a width of 76.2 inches, a height of 68 inches, and a length of 199.8 inches. The wheelbase is 113.2 inches and it has a gross weight of 5831 lbs. It has a cargo capacity of 17.2 cubic feet when all of the passenger seats are in place, which increases to an impressive 100.7 cubic feet when you collapse the third row seats. The maximum towing capacity when equipped appropriately is 2000 lbs.


The 2009 Mazda CX-9 is manufactured with comfort and convenience in mind and comes with power door locks, power mirrors, power steering, and power windows. It also has cruise control with controls on the steering wheel, rear and front cup holders, front- and rear-door storage pockets, and a tilt steering wheel. Air-conditioning and illuminating vanity mirrors make it fit as a family car.

The 2009 Mazda CX-9 has impressive interior space at 39.6 inches of front headroom, 56.5 inches of front hip room with bucket seats, 59.4 inches of front shoulder room, and 40.9 inches of front legroom. In the rear, it has 56.0 inches of hip room, 39.8 inches of legroom, 58.7 inches of shoulder room, split-folding and reclining rear seats, and manual-folding split third-row seats. The third-row seats are a bit tight, and unless it is really critical, the best passengers in those seats are children.

Performance & Handling

The 2009 Mazda CX-9 has a base engine of 3.7-liters, emitting 273 hp horsepower and 270 ft-lb of torque. This V-6, 24-valve engine is also fitted with a double overhead cam (DOHC).

CX-9 is built with a high safety suspension system that includes a front and rear stabilizer bar and four-wheel independent suspension. The suspension system works toward making it a highly stable vehicle on the freeway and when navigating sharp bends at high speeds.


The safety technologies that are in line with modern vehicle parameters are well utilized in the 2009 Mazda CX-9. It is equipped with a four-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS), traction and stability control systems, and electronic brake-force control. It comes fitted with front, middle row, and rear airbags for each passenger and driver. It has side-mounted airbags as well. Passenger airbags are fitted with the occupant sensing deactivation technology to protect smaller passengers from airbag injuries.

The 2009 Mazda CX-9 headrests are adjustable to protect the driver and the passengers from impact injuries, especially whiplash, which is a common injury. The rear door is fitted with child safety locks and a child seat anchor.

EPA Fuel Economy

CX-9: 16/22 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Very chic interior
  • Stability even at high speeds

You Won't Like

  • The third row seats are a tight squeeze
  • The fuel efficiency is not great

Sum Up

An attractive crossover SUV that rides like a larger vehicle, but at a high fuel cost.

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