2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring AWD

March 21, 2011
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It’s easy to forget the Mazda CX-9, because it’s been out for several years, but every time I get into one I remember that it’s a really nice, very refined family crossover. It’s good-looking, too. The 3.7-liter V-6 works very well with the six-speed automatic, and I don’t think most drivers would ever want for power. The interior is very well turned out, especially in our test car’s taupe and cream two-tone combination. The third-row seats are for children only but that’s fine, because this is a mid-size crossover not full size. The ergonomics are good, the seats are comfortable, and the main instrument binnacle is clear and easy to read. There’s lots to like here for anybody shopping for a 7-passenger family vehicle.
2011 Mazda Cx 9 Front Three Quarter
Joe DeMatio, Deputy Editor
Mazda does a great job of making a vehicle as big as the CX-9 feel smaller and more maneuverable. Some other automakers build SUVs and crossover that seem more cumbersome going down the road despite having a smaller footprint. Despite feeling nimble behind the wheel, the CX-9 offers pretty impressive cargo and passenger room inside. I put my Rottweiler in the cargo area with the third row of seats folded and he had plenty of room to move around. He wouldn’t have fit with the third row of seating upright, though.
2011 Mazda Cx 9 Rear Three Quarter
Like Joe DeMatio, I was impressed by the power and refinement of the 3.7-liter V-6 and six-speed automatic transmission. There’s strong enough acceleration at normal speeds, and typical of Mazda products, the engine is in its powerband at highway cruising speeds, so you don’t need a 6th-to-4th downshift to be able to pass slower traffic on the expressway. That gearing hurts the fuel economy a bit, as the 16/22 mpg ratings aren’t terribly impressive to me.
Inside the CX-9, the area surrounding the front seats is well organized and I easily found enough room to store my garage door opener, parking garage pass, checkbook, cell phone, and a coffee. The rectangular opening below the HVAC controls is particularly useful since it doesn’t extend too deep into the dashboard. Some cars have well-placed storage areas that are actually too big if you need to quickly grab something inside them without taking your eyes off the road.
Phil Floraday, Senior Web Editor
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring All-Wheel-Drive

Base price (with destination): $35,330
Price as tested: $40,800
2011 Mazda Cx 9 Cockpit
Standard Equipment:
3.7-liter DOHC 24-valve V-6 engine
6-speed automatic transmission
Active torque-split all-wheel drive
4-wheel disc brakes with ABS
Dynamic stability control
Traction control system
Blind spot monitoring system
Tire pressure monitoring system
20-inch aluminum alloy wheels
7-passenger seating
Leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel
Leather-trimmed seats
Heated 8-way power driver seat
Heated front passenger seat
Xenon headlights
Heated power mirrors
Bluetooth connectivity
Auto-dimming rear view mirror
AM/FM/CD audio
Auxiliary audio input jack
Three-zone automatic climate control
Options on this vehicle:
Rear entertainment system -- $3055
9-inch DVD with 5.1 audio surround sound
Bose audio with 11 speakers
Sirius satellite
Navigation with real-time traffic -- $1565
Power lift gate -- $400
Pearl paint -- $200
Rear bumper step plate -- $150

Key options not on vehicle: Moonroof and Bose audio package -- $2255
Towing receiver hitch -- $425
Fuel economy:
(city/hwy/combined)
16/22/19 mpg

Engine:
Size: 3.7L V-6
Horsepower: 273 hp @ 6250 rpm
Torque: 270 lb-ft @ 4250 rpm

Drive:
Four-wheel

Transmission:
6-speed automatic

Curb weight: 4546 lb

Wheels/tires: 20 x 7.5-inch alloy wheels
245/50R20 all-season tires

Competitors: Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer

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2011 Mazda CX-9

Sport FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6
starting at (MSRP)
$29,135
Engine
3.7L V6
Fuel Economy
17 City 24 Hwy
2011 Mazda CX-9