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Pros & Cons

  • Luxurious interior
  • Lithe handling
  • Above-average fuel economy
  • Slow acceleration when loaded with passengers and cargo
  • Overly sensitive forward collision warning system

Rankings & Research

The 2017 Mazda CX-9's #4 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Mazda CX-9 has a score of 8.2 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 22 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 10.0
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2017 Mazda CX-9 Overview

Is the 2017 Mazda CX-9 a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the 2017 Mazda CX-9 is a good used midsize SUV. It has three rows of adult-friendly seats – a rarity in the class – and gets better gas mileage than most rivals. Like many Mazdas, it has an easy-to-use infotainment system and agile handling.

There are a few drawbacks with the CX-9, but they don't diminish its luster too much. While the third row has plenty of space for three adults, entry and exit can be difficult. Also, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are notable absences from the CX-9's features list. Cargo space is below average for the class, and the engine lacks the punch of some competitors.

Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, the total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 22 professional evaluations for this 2017 Mazda CX-9 review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing pricey gifts and trips from auto manufacturers and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 Mazda CX-9?

There are more than 200 listings on our site for the 2017 CX-9. Prices range from $28,800 to $40,000, with the average list price being $35,400. A vehicle’s price varies based on its condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Mazda CX-9 Cost to Own?

Five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 CX-9 are estimated to be $25,484. That’s slightly below average for a midsize SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New CX-9?

The 2018 Mazda CX-9 has a starting price of $32,130. It also comes with a slew of newly standard safety technologies like blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and low-speed automatic emergency braking. If you’re shopping base models, you’ll save money purchasing the 2017, but you won’t get the benefit of having the standard active safety features. However, you can find these systems as options on some used models. When deciding between the 2018 and 2017 models, compare the features’ lists carefully. You’ll likely save money with the older model, but it might not be enough to justify buying used.

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There are a number of excellent new midsize SUV that you can buy for less than the average price for a used 2017 CX-9. The 2019 Kia Sorento costs as little as $25,990, the 2018 Toyota Highlander starts at $31,230, and the base 2018 Honda Pilot goes for $30,900. All come standard with three rows of seating, though the Highlander and Pilot are the roomier models.

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Which Model Year of the Mazda CX-9 Is Best?

Mazda redesigned the CX-9 for 2016, and there are no major changes for 2017. For the 2016 redesign, the CX-9 ditched its fuel-thirsty V6 engine and replaced it with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with better gas mileage. Inside, Mazda gave the CX-9 a richer cabin with a more user-friendly infotainment system. Save some money and purchase the 2016 CX-9.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Mazda CX-9?

The 2017 Mazda CX-9 has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power, which is considered average.

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2017 Mazda CX-9 Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 CX-9 has no open recalls.

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Which Used Mazda CX-9 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Mazda CX-9 comes in four trim levels: Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, and Signature. The base Sport trim includes cloth upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, HD Radio, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system.

The Touring trim is the best choice for most buyers. It adds leather and heated front seats, power-adjustable front seats, along with a few active safety features like blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert. You also get a power liftgate, an upgraded 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system, and push-button start.

The Grand Touring trim adds more active safety features and a head-up display, a 12-speaker Bose premium audio system, satellite radio, and navigation. The Signature offers premium Nappa leather upholstery and standard all-wheel drive.

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What Does Mazda's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Mazda offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Mazda extends the original limited powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty after the expiration of the original three-year/36,000-mile warranty. Every CPO Mazda must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits may include towing, a 90-day complimentary SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription, extended coverage, and 24-hour roadside assistance, so read the Mazda warranty page carefully.

According to our research, Mazda’s CPO program is about average for an affordable auto manufacturer. Honda, Hyundai, and Kia all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the CX-9?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 CX-9 a Top Safety Pick+, the agency’s highest award. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not crash test the 2017 CX-9.

A rearview camera comes standard. Available active safety features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, active lane keep assist, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and rear parking sensors.

It’s worth noting some critics found the forward collision warning overly sensitive, though its sensitivity is adjustable.

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2017 Mazda CX-9 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Mazda CX-9 or 2017 Honda Pilot?

The 2017 Honda Pilot and Mazda CX-9 are both good SUVs, but there are some compelling reasons to pick the Pilot. It has more available features than the CX-9, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, cooled front seats, and even heated second-row seats. The Pilot seats eight while the CX-9 seats seven, and the Honda has more cargo space and a higher towing capacity. We named the Pilot our 2017 Best Midsize SUV for Families.

On the other hand, the Mazda has a luxe interior by class standards, and its handling is among the best in the class. It also has slightly better fuel economy ratings than the Honda, though it has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, whereas the Honda has a V6.

Which Is Better: 2017 Mazda CX-9 or 2017 Ford Edge?

Both the three-row CX-9 and the two-row 2017 Ford Edge are good choices in the midsize SUV class. The Edge offers a carlike ride and stronger engines than the Mazda. It’s also available with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and it provides more cargo space than the Mazda. On the other hand, the CX-9 can hold two more passengers and is a bit sportier.

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2017 CX-9 Performance

How Does the 2017 Mazda CX-9 Drive?

Even though it’s the biggest and heaviest Mazda, the front-wheel-drive CX-9 still exhibits nimble handling not shown in its rivals. It has precise steering and a sport-tuned suspension that enables it to take corners easily, and with very little body roll. Yet, the CX-9 is a comfortable daily driver.

The CX-9 is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The engine produces 227 horsepower, or 250 if you use premium fuel. It can feel a little overwhelmed when you load the CX-9 with passengers and cargo.

Does the 2017 Mazda CX-9 Get Good Gas Mileage?

As one of the most fuel-efficient midsize SUVs, the CX-9 returns 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. With all-wheel drive, the CX-9 gets an estimated 20/26 mpg city/highway.

2017 Mazda CX-9 Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the CX-9 can tow up to 3,500 pounds.

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2017 CX-9 Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 CX-9 Seat?

The 2017 Mazda CX-9 seats seven people in three rows. The driver and front passenger have plenty of room to get comfortable. Second-row passengers have plenty of head- and legroom, along with reclining seats that slide fore and aft. Two adults can sit in the third row, but entry and exit are difficult.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Mazda CX-9?

The CX-9 has two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the second row’s outward seats with a tether-only connection for the middle position. The third row’s passenger-side seat also has a tether connection. The Institute for Highway Safety gave the LATCH system its second-highest rating of Acceptable, citing anchors that are too deep in the seats, and tether anchors that can be confused with other hardware.

2017 Mazda CX-9 Features

The 2017 Mazda CX-9’s standard features include Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, a six-speaker stereo system, tri-zone automatic climate control, and HD Radio. A 7-inch touch screen comes with the Mazda Connect infotainment system, which features apps like Pandora. Available upgrades include a 12-speaker Bose stereo system, satellite radio, and an 8-inch touch screen.

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2017 Mazda CX-9 Dimensions

Mazda CX-9 Cargo Space

Compared to other 3-row midsize SUVs, the CX-9's 71.2-cubic-foot maximum cargo capacity (both the second and third rows folded) is below average. There's 38.2 cubic feet of space with just the third row folded, and 14.4 cubic feet behind the third row.

2017 CX-9 Length and Weight

The 2017 Mazda CX-9 is 16.6 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,144 to 4,327 pounds. The gross vehicle weight rating ranges from 5,661 to 5,816 pounds, depending on how the CX-9 is equipped.

Where Was the 2017 Mazda CX-9 Built?

Mazda manufactured the 2017 CX-9 in Japan.

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