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The Mazda CX-9 has raised the bar for aesthetically pleasing and affordable SUV crossovers, with its seven seating layout, there is enough room for the whole family.

Front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive is offered on all trims except the new Signature trim which only comes in all-wheel drive. A 2.5-liter, turbocharged inline-4 engine produces 227-hp and 310-ft-lb of torque while offering increased fuel mileage due to its reduced displacement. The standard six-speed automatic transmission offers an even greater visceral experience with its manual gear selection mode. Equipped with many of Mazda's safety and convenience technologies, occupants can enjoy the ride in comfort and safety. The safety features Include a full-color heads-up display projected onto the windscreen, forward collision mitigation, rear collision warning, and blind spot monitor with warning sensors. For your convenience, HD radio, Bluetooth wireless streaming, and Bluetooth phone connectivity are standard on all trims, with an optional Bose 12-speaker premium audio system with Centerpoint 2.0 surround sound, available for Grand Touring and Signature trims.

The CX-9 is a carry-over for 2018.


The Mazda CX-9 is a handsome three-row crossover that blends sport and family functions.The handling is sharp and the ride firm, while carrying seven people in comfort.

It's front-wheel drive, with available all-wheel drive sending up to 50 percent of the power to the rear wheels when they need it.

For 2018, Mazda CX-9 comes with G-vectoring, which cuts ignition spark to put a small amount of weight on the front tires, to make the handling more stable in corners.Otherwise, there are no major changes for the 2018 model year.The current-generation CX-9 was introduced as a 2016 model.

The CX-9 uses one engine, a 2.5-liter turbo making 250 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, when Premium gas is used; however, it drops to 227 hp on Regular.The engine was named one of Wards “10 Best Engines” in 2017.

It's mated to a quick six-speed automatic that's smoother than rivals having eight, nine, or ten speeds.But its sporty nature is missing something: paddle shifters.

With front-wheel drive, CX-9 rates 22 miles per gallon City, 28 Highway, 24 Combined, according to the EPA; with 1 less combined mpg with all-wheel drive.That 6-speed automatic might be smoother than some with 9 or 10 speeds, but the reason for their being is to improve fuel mileage.So the CX-9 mileage suffers a bit.

With a long wheelbase of 115.3 inches and overall length of 199.4 inches, it's bigger on the outside than the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander, but those inches mostly vanish on the inside, where Pilot and Highlander offer more space.The CX-9 wins back on cabin beauty and luxury feel, but loses again on tech, with mediocre connectivity and an infotainment system that has been behind rivals for at least two years.

For 2018, CX-9 comes with automatic emergency braking at low speeds, called Smart City Brake Support, along with blind-spot monitors and rear cross-traffic alert.

The IIHS gives the CX-9 a Top Safety Pick Plus rating, but only the Grand Touring or Signature model with LED headlamps.The Sport and Touring models get a mere Marginal rating due to less-effective headlamps.


The CX-9 Sport ($32,130) comes with cloth upholstery, three-zone climate control, and 18-inch aluminum wheels.Smart City Brake Support, blind-spot monitors and rear cross-traffic alert now come standard.

All-wheel drive is available for Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring ($1800).(Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

CX-9 Touring ($34,960) includes leather upholstery, power heated front seats, push-button start, three-zone automatic climate control, two USB ports, Bluetooth audio streaming (no CD), rearview camera, 18-inch alloy wheels, an 8.0-inch screen, and LED headlamps.

Grand Touring ($40,470) adds lane-keep assist, lane departure alert, moonroof, adaptive cruise control, power liftgate, and upgraded infotainment with 8.0-inch screen.An option package adds automatic LED foglamps, navigation, Bose speakers, automatic windshield wipers, sunroof, SiriusXM satellite radio, 20-inch wheels, and head-up display.

Signature ($44,315) comes standard with all-wheel drive and adds Nappa leather, Japanese rosewood inlays, and real aluminum trim.


The CX-9 is elegant, with a long hood, tapered fenders, and dramatic (for an SUV) roofline.Its tall nose features a large but delicate grille that's tilted at the top like a Volvo XC90, and LED headlamps; on the Signature, the grille has LED background lighting.The rear pillars arc upward.The wide stance gives an athletic look that could pass for Italian.


The CX-9 cabin is car-like, with a low shelf-like dashboard similar to the design in other Mazda vehicles.The materials feel upscale and expensive.The brown Nappa leather in our test Signature was gorgeous.The switchgear placement sometimes seems haphazard, and there's a lot of glossy black plastic that will show smudges.The driver's line of sight includes a 4.6-inch screen with trip information and functions.

The touchscreen sits awkwardly on the dash like a TV on a Motel 6 dresser (a design that makes it easier for the manufacturer to upgrade on later models).The radio is easy to tune, but the infotainment system feels dated.The system is menu intensive and takes too many clicks to program.The navigation system lags competitors.Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity are not available.

The CX-9 has less room inside than its rivals, however the split-fold second row is on a sliding track, which allows one inch more legroom than the Pilot or Highlander.The rear seats recline but lack support from contour.

The front seats are spacious but firm, and also lack support.Good adjustment, and a tilt/telescope steering wheel, but a wide center console steals side legroom.

The third row is not for adults.Behind it, there's only 14.4 cubic feet of cargo space.With the third row folded flat, there's 38.2 cubic feet.The CX-9 works best like this, as a five-seat crossover.

With both rows folded, we fit in two kayaks and two electric bicycles.The only problem was that the liftgate wouldn't close all the way, and there's no way to shut off the beeper that warns you it's open.So we drove all the way to the river with the radio on full blast to drown out the warning telling us what we obviously already knew.

Driving Impression

For all it's sporty slant, we're not as entertained on the road as we should be.That's unlike the CX-5, which we declared to be the most fun compact crossover we've ever driven.What was especially no fun was the Lane Keep Assist constantly telling us we were about to run off the curving two-lane road when we promise you, we were not.

The turbocharged 2.5-liter engine responds smoothly and quickly to make the most of its 250 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, but the engine needs high-test gas to get that power.It runs fine on regular, but only makes 227 horsepower.Mazda says the difference only occurs above 4500 rpm, so it's not something you'll notice around town or even cruising on the freeway, just when you're very hard on the throttle.There, it growls and strains a bit when it's carrying five people.Some competitors with V6 engines are more powerful.

When it's carrying just one, it feels super smooth and fast, accelerating onto the freeway.

The turbocharger was designed by Mazda, to respond without the lag that inherently comes with turbos, and the engineers succeeded in their goal.When you floor it from idle it lags for a second, but you don't drive like that.

The CX-9 uses a simple suspension, struts in front and multilink in rear, to deliver a well-controlled ride with the standard 18-inch wheels.The brakes inspire confidence.

The steering is on the heavy side, with a medium amount of feel, making it a pleasure to drive on twisty roads.But the optional 20-inch alloy wheels deliver a firm ride that turns twitchy on rough roads.That's because the sidewalls of the tires aren't as wide as the standard 18-inchers, so there's less absorption of the bumps.They run the dampers out of range.

With only six gears in the automatic transmission, against rivals that have as many as 10, the CX-9 looks behind them, but not necessarily.The 6-speed automatic easily keeps the engine in its powerband, and shifts smoother than some with more speeds, whose programming is more complicated, with more choices to get wrong.

Mazda's G-vectoring is not the same as other cars' torque vectoring.Torque vectoring uses the brakes on one side of a car to give a greater sense of grip or mitigate the effects of understeer.One consequence of that is the driver loses a sense of steering feel.G-Vectoring, on the other hand, cuts ignition spark to put a minimal amount of extra weight on the front tires, effectively creating a wider contact patch, stiffening the tire sidewall and creating more stable steering feel, both in straight lines and corners.

There is a transmission sport mode that raises the shift points, but there are no driving modes to change the throttle and steering response.


With no paddle shifters, no sporty modes, and a turbo four that's sometimes stretched, the CX-9 can't be called terribly sporty.It has elegant looks, but it's not as roomy inside as it should be, and the third row is for kids.The infotainment system is easy to use but dated.We like the ride and steering the most.

Sam Moses contributed to this review, with staff reports.

ABS Brakes
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningAutomatic
Front air conditioning zonesDual
Rear air conditioningWith separate controls
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st, 2nd and 3rd row
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeFixed
Audio security systemYes
Digital Audio InputYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Premium Brand SpeakersBose
RadioSiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite
Radio Data SystemYes
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Surround AudioYes
Total Number of Speakers12
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Fabric TypeLeather
Fabric Type 2Leatherette
Fabric Type 3Leather
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Center console trimPiano black
Dash trimAluminum
Door trimPiano black/aluminum
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Heated steering wheelHeated steering wheel
Reading lightsFront and rear
Shift knob trimLeather/metal-look
Steering wheel trimLeather
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet2
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
Cruise controlAdaptive cruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver, passenger and rear
Multi-function remoteTrunk/hatch/door/tailgate
Overhead consoleMini with storage
Power Activated Trunk/HatchPower liftgate
Power steeringSpeed-proportional power steering
Remote trunk releasePower
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Seatback storage4
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Universal remote transmitterUniversal remote transmitter
3rd Row Head Room899 mm
3rd Row Hip Room1,019 mm
3rd Row Leg Room754 mm
3rd Row Shoulder Room1,349 mm
Aerodynamic Drag (CD).35 cD
Front Head Room1,019 mm
Front Hip Room1,440 mm
Front Leg Room1,041 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,471 mm
Front track1,659 mm
Overall height1,716 mm
Overall Length5,065 mm
Overall Width1,969 mm
Rear Head Room978 mm
Rear Hip Room1,458 mm
Rear Leg Room1,001 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,476 mm
Rear track1,656 mm
Wheelbase2,930 mm
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Rear door typePower liftgate
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
Adjustable lumbar supportPower 2-way
Head Restraint Whiplash ProtectionYes
HeatedMulti-level heating
Height AdjustablePower
Manual Adjustments8
Power Adjustments8
4WD TypeAutomatic full-time
Axle ratio4.41
Driven WheelsAll-wheel drive
Locking HubsPermanent
Alternate Fuel TypePremium unleaded
Alternate Horse Power250 hp
Compression Ratio10.50 : 1
Compressor TypeIntercooled turbo
Displacement152 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationInline
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Horse Power227 hp
Keyless IgnitionDoors and push button start
Max RPM5,000 RPM
Max Torque RPM2,000 RPM
Size2.5 L
Torque421 Nm
Total Valves16
TypeRegular unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsULEV II
Exterior Features
GrilleMetal-look w/chrome surround
Rear spoilerLip
Tailpipe finisherChrome
Fuel Consumption
City11.5 L/100 km
Combined10.4L/100 km
Highway8.9 L/100 km
CompressorIntercooled turbo
Compressor Type - VAIntercooled turbo
Driven WheelsAll-wheel drive
Engine Size2.5 L
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Number of CylindersI-4
Trans Speeds - VA6
Trans Type - VAAutomatic
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual adjustable
Adjustable rear headrestsManual adjustable
Number of rear headrests3
Third row headrests2
Blind Spot SensorAdvanced Blind Spot Monitoring (ABSM) warning
ClockIn-radio display
External tempExternal temperature display
Forward CollisionSmart City Brake Support mitigation
Head-up displayHead-up display
Lane Departure WarningActive
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear CollisionRear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) warning
Rear View CameraYes
Trip computerTrip computer
Adaptive headlightsAdaptive headlights
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Front Fog lightsFront fog/driving lights
Headlights auto delayAuto delay off
Headlights dusk sensorDusk sensing
Self-leveling headlightsSelf-leveling
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Memorized Settings
Number of drivers2
seat memoryDriver
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Inside rearview mirrorElectrochromatic
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Signal mirrorsTurn signal in mirrors
Vanity mirrorsDual illuminated vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
Head Restraint Whiplash ProtectionWhiplash protection system
HeatedMulti-level heating
Height adjustablePower
Lumbar supportPower 2-way
Manual Adjustments6
Power adjustments6
Rear Seats
Center armrestYes
Climate controlledHeated
FoldingFold forward seatback
Rear heatWith separate controls
One-Touch Power SunroofOne-touch power sunroof
SunroofExpress open/close glass
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Climate controlledDriver and passenger heated-cushion, driver and passenger heated-seatback
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity7
Total Seating Capacity7
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Spare Tire
Mount LocationInside under cargo
Spare Wheel
Rim typeSteel
Stability and Traction
Stability controlWith Anti-Roll
Traction controlABS and driveline
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeStrut
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Stabilizer BarRegular
Rear Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Rear Suspension TypeMulti-link
stabilizer barFront and rear
Navigation systemWith voice activation
smart device integrationMAZDA CONNECT
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
Third Row Seat
Speed RatingV
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemTire specific
Width255 mm
Towing and Hauling
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Trailer Sway ControlTrailer sway control
Automatic typeAutomatic
Manual / automaticAutomatic
Number of speeds6
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
Auxiliary transmission coolerRegular duty
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size8.0"
Video Monitor LocationFront
basic distanceUnlimited km
basic months36 months
drivetrain distance120,000 km
drivetrain distanceUnlimited km
drivetrain distance160,000 km
drivetrain distance100,000 km
drivetrain months72 months
drivetrain months60 months
drivetrain months84 months
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distanceUnlimited km
roadside months36 months
rust distanceUnlimited km
rust months84 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place407 L
Cargo capacity, rear seat down or removed1,082 L
Curb weight1,981 kg
EPA interior volume3,846 L
Fuel Capacity74 L
Gross vehicle weight2,638 kg
Max cargo capacity2,017 L
Towing Capacity1,588 kg
Turning radius6 m
Rim TypeChrome aluminum
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
Front wipers - rain sensingRain sensing
Heated Windshield Washer JetsWiper park
One-touch windows4
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassDeep
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Rear wiperVariable intermittent
Side window sunshadeManual
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Heated door mirrors
Power door mirrors
Power liftgate
Trailer sway control
Turn signal indicator mirrors
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Air conditioning
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Automatic temperature control
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Front beverage holders
Front dual zone A/C
Heated steering wheel
Illuminated entry
Memory seat
Navigation system
Overhead console
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power moonroof
Power windows
Rear air conditioning
Rear beverage holders
Rear door bins
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Trunk/hatch auto-latch
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
Radio data system
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Auto high-beam headlights
Delay-off headlights
Exterior parking camera rear
Front fog lights
Front reading lights
Fully automatic headlights
Heads up display
Low tire pressure warning
Outside temperature display
Rain sensing wipers
Rear reading lights
Rear window defroster
Rear window wiper
Speed limit sign recognition
Sun blinds
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
Manual-shift auto
Mode select transmission
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Anti-whiplash front head restraints
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Front centre armrest
Heated front seats
Heated rear seats
Leather shift knob
Leather steering wheel
Leather upholstery
Power 2-way driver lumbar support
Power 2-way passenger lumbar support
Power driver seat
Power passenger seat
Rear seat centre armrest
Split folding rear seat
Alloy wheels
Chrome wheels
Four wheel independent suspension
Front anti-roll bar
Power steering
Rear anti-roll bar
Speed-sensing steering

Cash Incentives

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2018 Mazda CX-9 GT 4dr All-wheel Drive Sport Utility, Ajax, Ontario

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