2011 Mazda CX-9 Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2011 Mazda CX-9 - Road Test Specs

2010 Mazda CX-9 SUV

(3.7L V6 AWD 6-speed Automatic)


Model year2010
StyleGrand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.7L 6cyl 6A)
Base MSRP$34,795
Options on test vehicleRear Entertainment System ($3,055 -- includes 9-inch monitor and DVD player; Bose audio featuring Centerpoint with 11 speakers; 5.1 audio surround sound; single in-dash CD player; audio-video input; 115-volt outlet; Sirius Satellite Radio with 6-month complimentary subscription); Navigation System ($1,655 -- includes voice-activated DVD navigation system with 7-inch touchscreen with real-time traffic functionality); Power Rear Hatch ($400); Rear Bumper Step Plate ($150).
As-tested MSRP$40,065


Drive typeAll-wheel drive
Engine typeV6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,726cc (227 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)10.3
Redline (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)273 @ 6,250
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)270 @ 4,250
Transmission typeSix-speed automatic
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I: 4.148; II: 2.370; III: 1.555; IV: 1.154; V: 0.859; VI: 0.685; R: 3.393; Final: 3.454


Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, rearMultilink
Steering typeSpeed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)16.3:1
Tire brandBridgestone
Tire modelDueler H/L/ 400
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size, frontP245/50R20 V
Tire size, rearP245/50R20 V
Wheel size20-by-7.5 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearVentilated disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)5.2
0-60 mph (sec.)7.9
0-75 mph (sec.)11.9
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.9 @ 87.7
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.6
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)31
60-0 mph (ft.)123
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)61.4
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.78
Sound level @ idle (dB)43.8
@ Full throttle (dB)64.3
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)57.4

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsDecent 0-60 time in this car: under 8 seconds. Leaves the line with zero wheelspin and jams through the first two gears fairly quickly. Ample power for a thing this big. Best run in Drive. Manual shifting control is nice for engine braking but doesn't improve acceleration. Overall, a solid powertrain performance here.
Braking ratingVery Good
Braking commentsSolid, consistent pedal feel during every stop. Very good for an SUV. Short distance as well.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsMazda's newly adopted non-defeat stability control (it reactivates at 18 mph) strategy is wholly unnecessary in an SUV with such respectable manners. It significantly diminishes both slalom speed and lateral grip on the skid pad, where it can become heavily and unexpectedly intrusive very quickly. Otherwise, steering feel and chassis response are quite good and inspire confidence to actually drive the CX-9 hard.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)57.5
Wind (mph, direction)0.94

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)15 city/21 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)18.0
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)20.1

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,500
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)4,555
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)56.2/43.8
Length (in.)199.8
Width (in.)76.2
Height (in.)68.0
Wheelbase (in.)113.2
Track, front (in.)65.1
Track, rear (in.)64.7
Turning circle (ft.)37.4
Legroom, front (in.)40.9
Legroom, rear (in.)39.8
Legroom, 3rd row (in.)32.4
Headroom, front (in.)39.6
Headroom, rear (in.)39.0
Headroom, 3rd row (in.)35.4
Shoulder room, front (in.)59.4
Shoulder room, rear (in.)58.7
Shoulder room, 3rd row (in.)56.9
Seating capacity7
Cargo volume (cu-ft)17.2
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)100.7


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front, rear and third row
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakesFour-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemBlind spot warning
NHTSA crash test, driver5 stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side front5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side rear5 stars
NHTSA rollover resistance4 stars

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