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Mazda CX-9 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.5 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 263 hp @ 6250 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 15/21 mpg
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2007 Mazda CX-9

  • Just about any crossover SUV with a third-row seat is practical. Where the 2007 Mazda CX-9 succeeds is in its ability to combine common practicality with unexpected amounts of style and performance.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Sporty performance and handling, stylish and roomy cabin design, solid build quality, eye-catching style.

  • Cons

    20-inch wheels give a stiff ride on concrete freeways, long rear doors can be hard to open in tight parking spaces.

  • What's New for 2007

    The largest Mazda to date, the 2007 CX-9 is a large crossover SUV that features a not-just-for-kids third-row seat along with the sporty styling and enthusiast-oriented performance expected from this brand.

Full 2007 Mazda CX-9 Review

What's New for 2007

The largest Mazda to date, the 2007 CX-9 is a large crossover SUV that features a not-just-for-kids third-row seat along with the sporty styling and enthusiast-oriented performance expected from this brand.


Most people still associate Mazda with sporty cars like the MX-5 Miata and RX-7. True, the company still focuses much of its attention on making its products enjoyable to drive. But this year many people might be surprised to learn that the automaker has released not one, but two all-new crossover SUVs. In addition to the new CX-7 five-passenger sport-ute, the company has created its largest passenger vehicle to date, the full seven-seater CX-9.

Although they look similar, the 2007 Mazda CX-9 is not simply a stretched version of its smaller brother. The two utes have different powertrains, chassis designs and body panels. Indeed, the CX-9 shares more components with the new Ford Edge crossover than it does with any Mazda product. In terms of size, the Mazda is bigger than the now-departed MPV minivan and even about 11 inches longer than a Honda Pilot.

As is typical for this class, the CX-9 provides owners with a high driving position, generous cargo capacity and the ability to take on slippery roads worry-free. Inside, the second row can slide fore and aft by about 5 inches and the third row has enough legroom to handle adults on a short-term basis.

The CX-9 is powered by a new V6 that makes a healthy 263 horsepower and 249 pound-feet of torque. And it will happily run on 87 octane gas. Although the CX-9 is rather portly at more than 4,500 pounds (AWD model), the combination of the brawny V6 and an automatic transmission with six gears to work with provides performance that makes it feel much lighter. Mazda's senior family vehicle also offers sporty driving dynamics thanks to a performance-oriented suspension design. Emphasizing the latter point is the fact that 20-inch low-profile tires come standard on the upper "Grand Touring" trim level.

Thanks to its sporty DNA, rakish good looks and real-world versatility, the 2007 Mazda CX-9 will serve families quite well. Its fresh design should make it appealing for shoppers tired of older (but still capable) vehicles like the Pilot or Highlander. It also betters the Subaru B9 Tribeca in terms of price and interior room and outperforms the Chrysler Pacifica. Overall, we think Mazda's biggest vehicle is a strong choice this year for a midsize or large crossover.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2007 Mazda CX-9 is a seven-passenger midsize crossover SUV that's available in three trim levels. The entry-level Sport comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, full power features, keyless entry, cruise control and a CD player. The mid-line Touring version adds leather seating, heated/powered front seats, Bluetooth connectivity and heated side-view mirrors. The top-of-the-line Grand Touring adds 20-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, mirror-mounted turn signal repeaters, rain-sensing wipers, keyless start, wood cabin accents, memory driver seat presets and special blue cabin illumination.

Options include Bose audio, a sunroof, a six-disc CD changer, satellite radio and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system. The Assistant Package bundles a navigation system with rear park assist (with rearview camera) and a power rear hatch.

Powertrains and Performance

All Mazda CX-9s are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 263 hp and 249 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic with a manual mode is the sole transmission. Buyers of all three trims have a choice of either front- or all-wheel drive. The AWD system operates in front-drive mode until slippage is detected, at which point up to 50 percent of the power can be sent to the rear wheels. No low range is offered, as the performance-oriented CX-9 is geared more for tackling slippery pavement than rock-strewn trails. Well-matched gear ratios in the quick-thinking automatic make the most of the V6's available power, giving the over 2-tons-plus CX-9 a "light on its feet" feel whether battling downtown traffic or blending onto a fast-moving freeway. Towing capacity is rated at 3,500 pounds.


Antilock disc brakes, stability control (including roll stability control), a tire-pressure monitor, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags come standard on all trim levels of the 2007 Mazda CX-9.

Interior Design and Special Features

Mazda's design heritage shows up via the dash and steering wheel designs, which echo those of the Miata and RX-8 sports cars. The tall center console reinforces the sporty feel, enveloping the driver in the cockpit. Two-tone upholstery as well as wood and metallic accents give the Grand Touring model a luxurious feel, while features such as rear park assist and a power liftgate make parking and shopping less stressful. The highlight of the cabin is the roomy two-passenger third-row seat, which is well-shaped and roomy enough for a 6-footer. Access to that third row is eased by large rear door openings and the fold-and-slide second row. Cargo capacity stands at 17.2 cubic feet with all seats up, 47.5 cubes with the third seat folded and a massive 100.7 cubes with the second and third rows down.

Driving Impressions

The V6 has strong pull through the midrange, as well as impressive smoothness and a sporty sound when the whip is cracked. Despite the power on tap, the front-drive version is free of annoying torque steer. The six-speed gearbox is well sorted, as it snaps off timely shifts without hesitation. When pressed through a twisty section of blacktop, the 2007 Mazda CX-9 feels buttoned down and lighter than it really is, thanks to the sport-tuned suspension and low-profile tires. The steering is precise and direct, if a bit light on-center. Ride comfort is generally well-damped, though the 20-inch wheels on the CX-9 Grand Touring model transmit some chop when driven over the expansion joints of concrete freeways.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

Cx9 ac and sunroof.

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Vehicle: 2007 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

Bought the 2007 CX9 in summer of 2007. 1. The outside noise level was really loud in the car. [all windows up]. 2.The AC started giving problems in the first year. The front passenger's side carpet gets FLOODED every year. I have been taking the car every summer to get this fix, sometimes it requires 2 or more trips to the dealer. I now pay out of pocket as the warranty has expired, not only it is costly, the stench of water soaked carpet drives me nuts. Seems like there is a flaw in these cx9?

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Honeymoon ended

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Vehicle: 2007 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

This car is a great style option for those that want the 3rd row, 4-wheel drive and NOT a minivan. The first 20k miles was fine but after that it was really really bad. To qualify, we changed the oil and did ALL dealer service as recommended - never missed a beat and from 20k-60k we had so many issues - rust on the back hatch door even though we paid $1500 for an add'l paint warranty, window and body liners fell off, roof black plastic pieces came off, the rear wheel bearings went, then the strut, the interior fell apart, etc etc. NIGHTMARE. So buy it for >2 years and then DUMP IT. The warranty and the dealer don't support their product so DON"T buy any add'l warranties!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Great gt

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Vehicle: 2007 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

We bought this car used in 2009 with Factory Certified. We looked at many SUV's with 6 or less cyliders with third-row seating and chose this one based on performance, design, and price. We've owned Fords before (this is a ford in Mazda clothing) with good reliability so we weren't too concerned with the drive train or electronics reliability. So far we've put on almost 40K and we love this car. We had one repair that was done under warantee for front wheel bearing but other than that the car has been solid. Mazda dealer gave us a loaner car and they have been wonderful so far. Car is washed with every oil change. We will be keeping this car for a while still and feel confident.

Hands down the most amazing

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Vehicle: 2007 Mazda CX-9 Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

bought this thing about a month and a half ago and have since put almost 5,000 miles on it. We researched EVERY 3rd row SUV out there and came through edmunds to get reviews on all. In the end it was this or a nissan armada and we opted for the gas mileage and man has it paid off!!! compared to the Durago that we owned prior to this it goes twice as far on a tank of gas and it still has all the comfort of it. We've put a 20" flip down in it for a cross country trip we're taking tonight actually and the trip doesnt worry me with the possibility of breaking down do to how well this vehicle is built. I HIGHLY reccomend this car!!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

Good car, poor service.

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Vehicle: 2007 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

This car has served us well for three years now. There have been a few build quality issues, such as paint peeling and plastic parts falling off repeatedly. More importantly, Mazda service leaves a lot to be desired. We found out that the right front tie rod was damaged. The car has been in the repair shop for a week and Mazda has been unable to obtain the necessary parts! In the meanwhile, we have been responsible for the repair costs! The actual company has been very difficult to deal with. Based on this experience, this is likely to be our last Mazda vehicle.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Best in class, most room

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Vehicle: 2007 Mazda CX-9 Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

This by far has been one of my favorite vehicles. Ditch the mini van fellas and reclaim your masculinity. Bose stereo rocks, crystal clear, ipdod jack, DVD entertainment, leather heated seats. Ride quality is very smooth, gliding on air. Lots of room with the 3rd row seat. Being 6'1 even I can ride back there comfortably. Go out and buy one. Bought ours used and saved lots of money. Actually have equity in this vehicle..they hold their value.

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Gas Mileage


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