2018 Mazda CX-9

2018 Mazda CX-9
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What’s new

  • The 2018 CX-9 gets more standard safety features
  • Part of the second CX-9 generation introduced for 2016

Pros

  • With sharp, modern style inside and out, the CX-9 feels richer than its cost
  • Sporty handling makes it fun to drive
  • Comfortable interior remains quiet on the highway
  • Top-level Signature trim is on par with some luxury-brand competitors

Cons

  • Third-row seats aren't especially accommodating
  • Cargo capacity isn't as generous as in competitors
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Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Mazda CX-9.

Traded Pilot for CX-9
DC, 11/2/2017
I was looking for a replacement for my 2016 Honda Pilot Touring since it did not have blind spot monitoring, the adaptive cruise control was abrupt, lane departure intervention too aggressive, and I hated the AutoStop feature. I looked into and test drove the Acadia Denali, Toyota Highlander Platinum, Nissan Pathfinder Platinum, Volvo XC60, Lexus RX350, and the 2018 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring. The CX-9 was the clear winner with better pricing, great standard features, comfortable wrap around seats, great power, smooth and quiet ride, and most importantly, the most fun to drive. The CX-9 heads up display is better than the Lexus or Volvo because the CX-9 displays the blind spot monitoring info on the screen as well as the speed, adaptive cruise speed, and navigation directions. And, the heads up display is STANDARD on the Grand Touring trim and up. I love the heated steering wheel and heated seats, and my passengers love the heated seats too. The sound system is great, and the infotainment system is the most ergonomic and easy to use system out there. I never though too much about the zoom zoom commercials till I drove the Mazda CX-9, but now that I have one, I totally understand.
CX-9 -Best 3row-
Mike, 12/4/2017
My wife and I recently got our CX-9 Touring AWD w/premium package, and I’ve gotta say I’m thoroughly impressed. I was sort of iffy about it at first, since we have always hated automatics, but after the first test drive, we were sold. This is by far the best feeling automatic transmission ever. No jerking, awkward and inconvenient downshifts (thanks mostly to that crazy amount of low RPM torque, I know), or that weird floaty feeling that’s very hard to describe that would always make me car sick in other automatics. The engine is fantastic too. I test drove the Highlander and Pilot before getting the CX-9, and those two felt sluggish during acceleration even though they had 6-cylinder engines. They were turds compared to the Skyactiv 4-cyl. I’ve played around with all the settings and features in it, the MZD Connect, moonroof, traction/stability, the butt toaster, climate control, etc, every button and switch in there, and I have 0 complaints. No need for Android Auto/Apple Car Play, the current HMI system is very user friendly and pretty much perfect. I also tried sitting in every seat and row. At 5’7”, average build, and setting every seat at a position I would set it at, I fit very comfortably in every seat in all 3 rows. So, as long as every person in your family isn’t like 6’5”, they should fit. The Pilot had great space as well, but the interior itself was bland as hell and not very user friendly. The Highlander, on the other hand, I busted my shin and shoulder trying to get into the 3rd row (and getting out of the 2nd row with the seat adjusted to accommodate a 3rd row passenger my size, might I add), and my head was also bumping the ceiling while sitting back there. Lastly, the CX-9 is the first “tank” we’ve ever gotten, and it definitely doesn’t drive like one, unlike the other two mentioned. It’s like a Mazda3, only higher off the ground, which you don’t even notice that until a sedan rolls up next to you lol. Anyways, it’s definitely worth every penny, and you should most definitely give it a go if you’re looking to get a SUV. Heck, even if you aren’t, give Mazda a try as a brand. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed no matter which model you try out. ;)
AWD GT 2018
BJPJJS, 11/18/2017
SUV that's fun to drive. Im 6-6 and the cx9 is very comfortable lots of head room . Driver seat is very comfortable. Great acceleration handle like a much small car great connected to the road feeling . nice balanced ride handles broken pavement pretty well. Economy beld of hwy and city 21.8. Machine gray looks fantastic interior . Interior is very high quality. Very happy with my choice.
Word's best SUV
Mazda Guy, 12/3/2017
Just last week, we picked the Soul Crystal Red CX9 GT with black interior. I didn't have guts to go with a red. I have to thank my wife, as she persuaded me to go with the red. Now, I realize it is a gorgeous color and gives a great modern look. It emits different shades of red, depending upon the lighting condition. The chrome piece in the front and the one in the back are a masterpiece. There are chrome accents in the sides and this is one of the best looking vehicles on the road. Even the closing of the door gives a premium feeling. The black interior is phenomenal. No plastic, plush interior with piano black and aluminum like materials in the console. Another suv, that I test drove had hard plastics all around. Then you start the car and amazed by the driver-centric features like the heads-up display, control knob, radar cruise control, etc. Heads-up display alone is enough to justify a CX 9 over other mainstream three row suvs. Speed, blind sport monitoring info, speed limits, lane info, navigation info all come in the heads up display. Naturally I only drive looking at the HUD and my neck doesn't hurt, as I don't have to look down or to the sides that often. The Bose center-point surround system is good. I only stream from my phone. It sounds great with a good base. Tried aha radio and the quality is good too. Navigation system is OK but not that user friendly. Hope Mazda will bring android auto soon, so that I can just use the google maps instead. And now the driving. It accelerates very fast from traffic lights. Usually the car in the next lane will far behind, when you have reached the posted speed. Funtastic. If you are thinking of buying a 3 row, do not wait. Just go and buy one. Bet, you will be delighted like me.
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$36,760
MPG
20 city / 26 hwy
Seats 7
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
227 hp @ 5000 rpm
MSRP
$42,270
MPG
20 city / 26 hwy
Seats 7
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
227 hp @ 5000 rpm
MSRP
$34,960
MPG
22 city / 28 hwy
Seats 7
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
227 hp @ 5000 rpm
MSRP
$40,470
MPG
22 city / 28 hwy
Seats 7
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
227 hp @ 5000 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite CX-9 safety features:

Smart City Brake Support
Automatically applies emergency braking if a low-speed collision seems imminent. Designed for urban commutes, works at speeds below 20 mph.
Smart Brake Support
Automatically applies emergency braking if a collision seems imminent. Similar to Smart City Brake Support but activates at higher speeds.
Lane Keep Assist
Helps prevent unintentional drifting from the lane (due to driver inattention, etc.) by automatically steering car back to center of lane.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover15.9%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Good
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

Mazda CX-9 vs. the competition

2018 Mazda CX-9

2018 Mazda CX-9

2018 Honda Pilot

2018 Honda Pilot

Mazda CX-9 vs. Honda Pilot

The 2018 Honda Pilot's greatest attributes include a versatile interior, spacious rear seats, a smooth ride, good fuel economy and clever storage solutions. It suffers, however, from an unrefined nine-speed transmission and an infotainment interface that can be frustrating to use. In contrast, the Mazda CX-9 is more polished and comes off as a more stylish and premium vehicle. But its cargo area and rear seating are smaller.

Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Honda Pilot

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Mazda CX-9 vs. Toyota Highlander

Compared to the CX-9, the Highlander hits an elusive sweet spot for size. It's big on the inside, yet not so big overall that it's a challenge to drive. Other benefits include plenty of standard advanced safety features, a powerful yet efficient V6 engine, and a smooth ride. We're not fans of the weak base engine, though. Both the Mazda and Toyota get points deducted for the smaller-than-average rear seats and lack of Apple CarPlay.

Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Toyota Highlander

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Mazda CX-9 vs. Acura MDX

This matchup may seem unusual at first, but considering how luxurious and refined the CX-9's interior can be in the top Signature trim, it can indeed be cross-shopped with the entry-level luxury Acura MDX. You'd end up saving a few thousand dollars with the Mazda if the vehicles are similarly equipped, and both vehicles offer better-than-average handling.

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2018 Mazda CX-9 for Sale

Mazda CX-9 2018 Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
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MSRP$36,495
Est.Loan: $644/mo
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Mazda CX-9 2018 Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
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MSRP$43,765
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2018 Mazda CX-9 Overview

The 2018 Mazda CX-9 is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Touring 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Grand Touring 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Signature 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Sport 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A), and Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A).

What do people think of the 2018 Mazda CX-9?

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What's a good price for a New 2018 Mazda CX-9?
2018 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2018 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $43,245. The average price paid for a new 2018 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $4,191 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The average savings for the 2018 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is9.7% below the MSRP.

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2018 Mazda CX-9 Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2018 Mazda CX-9 Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $37,735. The average price paid for a new 2018 Mazda CX-9 Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $3,882 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,882 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$33,853.

The average savings for the 2018 Mazda CX-9 Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is10.3% below the MSRP.

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2018 Mazda CX-9 Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2018 Mazda CX-9 Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $34,905. The average price paid for a new 2018 Mazda CX-9 Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $3,457 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,457 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$31,448.

The average savings for the 2018 Mazda CX-9 Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is9.9% below the MSRP.

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2018 Mazda CX-9 Signature 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2018 Mazda CX-9 Signature 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $45,290. The average price paid for a new 2018 Mazda CX-9 Signature 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $3,820 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,820 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$41,470.

The average savings for the 2018 Mazda CX-9 Signature 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is8.4% below the MSRP.

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