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The 2015 Mazda CX-9 ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Mazda CX-9 has a score of 7.6 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 85 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 7.2
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2015 Mazda CX-9 Review

The 2015 Mazda CX-9 finds itself among the lowest ranked midsize SUVs due to its poor crash test results and below-average predicted reliability rating. One saving grace is its nimble handling and powerful V6 engine.

Pros & Cons

  • Solid performance
  • Roomy seats in three rows


  • Plastic interior materials
  • Small, sluggish touch screen
  • Poor safety score

New for 2015

  • Roof rails, cross bars, cargo net standard in Touring and Grand Touring trims

2015 Mazda CX-9 Overview

Is the 2015 Mazda CX-9 a Good Used SUV?

The Mazda CX-9 has too many flaws to be considered a good SUV. Its safety scores are unusually low for a family oriented midsize SUV, and many class competitors offer better predicted reliability. It is fun to drive and seats seven adults comfortably, but the interior materials rely heavily on plastic.

Used 2015 Mazda CX-9 Performance and Interior

The 2015 Mazda CX-9 comes with a 273-horsepower V6 engine and a quick-shifting six-speed automatic transmission. It has substantial engine torque that delivers brisk highway acceleration. The CX-9 is one of the most nimble SUVs in the class; it provides confident cornering and surprising agility in traffic. The EPA estimates that the CX-9 earns up to 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway, which is good for the class.

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The 2015 Mazda CX-9 can seat up to seven. Leather upholstery and heated, power-adjustable front seats are available in some used models. Mazda’s use of hard plastics inside might turn off some buyers. Still, it has spacious seating, with ample head- and legroom in the first- and second-row seats. As a bonus, adults can fit comfortably in the third row, which is easy to access. There are complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the second-row outboard seats and a tether anchor on the middle seat. The third-row seats have no LATCH hardware.

Standard features in the 2015 Mazda CX-9 include Bluetooth, tri-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, and a 5.8-inch touch screen. The CX-9’s touch screen is small, its buttons are difficult to press, and the system can be slow to respond to inputs. Available features include an 11-speaker stereo with a rear-seat entertainment system and navigation.

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Used 2015 Mazda CX-9 Prices

The price of a used 2015 Mazda CX-9 ranges from about $19,940 for the front-wheel-drive base Sport trim to around $28,000 for the top all-wheel-drive Grand Touring trim. The price varies depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 85 Reviews Analyzed

Our used car rankings and reviews are not based on our own opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total costs of ownership, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 85 professional reviews for this 2015 Mazda CX-9 overview.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Mazda CX-9?

The 2015 Mazda CX-9 has a predicted reliability score of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. That’s considered below average for the industry.

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How Safe Is the CX-9?

The Mazda CX-9’s overall safety scores are low, though it does well in a few individual crash tests. In the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) frontal crash test, the CX-9 scored three out of five stars. It earned five stars in the side impact test and four stars in the rollover test, giving it an overall score of four. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the CX-9 the lowest rating of Poor in the small overlap front crash test and the second-lowest score of Marginal for the roof strength and head restraints and seats tests. The Mazda earned the highest rating of Good in the side and moderate overlap front crash tests.

The CX-9 has no standard active safety features. Blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rear backup sensors, and a rearview camera are among the available active safety features in the Touring trim.

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Should I Consider Another Used CX-9?

The 2015 Mazda CX-9 was the last year of the SUV’s first generation, which launched for the 2007 model year. You can save money by choosing the 2014 Mazda CX-9; the 2015 model didn’t undergo any significant changes.

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Which Used Mazda CX-9 Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Mazda CX-9 comes in three trim levels: Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. The base Sport trim offers Bluetooth, a six-speaker stereo, tri-zone automatic climate control, HD Radio, satellite radio, and a 5.8-inch touch screen. The Touring trim adds leather seats, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and heated and power-adjustable front seats. The top Grand Touring trim offers a power liftgate, push-button start, and automatic headlights. The Touring trim is the best choice thanks to its standard active safety features and more upscale interior.

You might want to consider a certified pre-owned Mazda CX-9. For each certified pre-owned vehicle, Mazda extends the original limited powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited vehicle warranty. To qualify as CPO, each vehicle must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mazda warranty page carefully.

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2015 Mazda CX-9 and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Mazda CX-9 or 2015 Toyota Highlander?

The 3-row 2015 Toyota Highlander has better safety and predicted reliability scores than the CX-9. Its standard 185-horsepower four-cylinder engine has decent power, but the available 270-horsepower V6 is more satisfying. The Highlander’s ride is quiet and composed, and its base model has nicer interior materials than the CX-9’s base model. The Highlander is the better choice.

Which Is Better: 2015 Mazda CX-9 or 2015 Honda Pilot?

The 3-row 2015 Honda Pilot can carry up to eight adults comfortably and does better than the CX-9 both in crash tests and predicted reliability. That’s where its advantages end, however. The CX-9 has a more powerful V6 engine and – despite its use of plastics – a more-pleasant interior. If you want better driving dynamics, go with the CX-9; for higher reliability, take the Pilot. Before buying either, shop around – there are much better options than both.

Which Is Better: 2015 Mazda CX-9 or 2015 Nissan Murano?

The 2-row 2015 Nissan Murano bests the Mazda CX-9 by most measures. The Murano has a better reliability rating and above-average crash test results. It also offers a much nicer interior, with high-quality materials and attractive styling. Higher fuel economy estimates – an added bonus – cement the Murano as the better choice.

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