Intro: The 2011 Mazda CX-9 couples the spacious interior and high-riding capability of a full size crossover with Mazda legendary performance DNA. The 7-passenger CX-9 has been redesigned for 2011, with the emphasis on the new five-point grill now shared by the entire Mazda line.
Trims for the CX-9 are base Sport, Touring, and range-topping Grand Touring. All models get LED head and taillights and dual exhaust, while our test Grand Touring model boasted halogen fog lights and 20-inch aluminum wheels.
Performance: The CX-9 comes equipped with a 3.7-liter V6, making 273 horsepower and 270 pound feet of torque. Power is sent through a 6-speed automatic transmission to the front wheels or available all wheel drive.
Fuel Economy: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
Features: The CX-9's spacious cabin presents an upscale appearance that is enhanced on Grand Touring models by two-tone leather-trimmed seating, heated front bucket seats, and three-zone climate controls.
Getting into the 50/50 split-fold third row is a snap, as the second row seats fold forward with a pull of the quick-release handle. Fold down second and third row seating and you have over 100 cubic feet of cargo space.
Entertaining all three rows is a 6-speaker stereo with a CD/MP3 player and an auxiliary audio jack. For the audiophiles out there, we suggest the Bose Audio Package, which features a 5.1 surround sound system with 10 speakers, a 6-month subscription to Sirius satellite radio and a power moonroof as an added bonus.
Available only with the Grand Touring model, we suggest the optional navigation package, which features touch screen operation, real-time traffic updates, and a handy backup camera.
Safety Features: Standard safety features include 4-wheel antilock disc brakes with electronic brake force distribution, traction control, roll stability control, front and rear crumple zones, side impact door beams, and a full array of front and side impact airbags.
Pricing: Base MSRP for the 2011 Mazda CX-9 is 29,135. A range-topping all-wheel-drive Grand Touring Model starts at $34,535.
Warranty: The CX-9 is backed by a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Summary: With sportscar lines, crossover versatility, and brimming with standard and optional features, the 2011 Mazda CX-9 is a full size crossover with a style all its own. (2:41)