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2019 Mazda CX-9 Review

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The Mazda CX-9 is the largest consumer vehicle Mazda makes. It is a crossover SUV with a third row of seating for up to seven passengers. It’s one of the more expensive three-row SUVs on the market in 2019, but it’s also one of the more luxurious, especially at the upper end of its trim ladder.

2019 Mazda CX-9 pricing

The base manufacturer’s recommended price (MSRP) for the CX-9 is $32,280. The more features you’d like, the higher the trim and the higher the price.

Trim Sport Touring Grand Touring Signature
MSRP $32,280 $35,330 $40,840 $45,365


Note that the MSRP is not necessarily what you should pay for the vehicle. Depending on where and when you look for a vehicle, you could pay less. Shop around to check prices and check out an industry guide — Kelley Blue Book or NADAguides, for example — to find a fair market price for your area.

What’s next? What comes next after you find a car you like is to find a car loan. Car dealers not only habitually raise car prices, they also raise customer loan APRs. Therefore, it’s important to your wallet for you to apply for a car loan outside of a dealership. Potential lenders may include Mazda financing, your bank, credit union or online lender. You could also fill out an online form at LendingTree to receive up to five potential auto loan offers from lenders, based on your creditworthiness.  It doesn’t hurt your credit to apply to multiple lenders any more than it does to apply to one if you do all your applications within 14 days — and some credit scoring methods may even allow you up to 45 days.

2019 Mazda CX-9 safety

The 2019 CX-9 received a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and is a 2019 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Mazda corrals many of its active safety features in the i-Activsense package variations of which come on different trims.

The Sport base model may include the following active safety features:

  • Smart City Brake Support. The car can automatically apply the brakes at speeds between 2 and 18 MPH if it senses an imminent collision.
  • Blind Spot Monitoring. With the turn signal on, the car can alert the driver of another vehicle in the driver’s blind spot.
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert. When in reverse, the car can alert the driver of oncoming passing traffic.
  • Hill Launch Assist. The car can assist the driver in accelerating from a stop while on a slope.

The Touring and Grand Touring trim model may include:

  • Smart City Brake Support with Collision Warning. For speeds between 2 MPH and 18 MPH, the car can alert the driver if a crash seems imminent and allow for full and immediate braking power. It can also apply the brakes if the driver does not. In such a situation, the car can also reduce engine output to reduce its speed and ignore it if the driver slams on the gas pedal instead of the brake.
  • Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection. The “advanced” part of this is that it works for speeds up to 50 MPH and it may be able to detect people as well as other vehicles.
  • Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep Assist. The car can warn the driver of unintentional lane departure and make small adjustments to help the car stay in the lane.
  • Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop and Go. The car can adjust and maintain a safe following distance from a vehicle in front of it while cruise control is on.

The Signature trim model can include:

  • Active Driving Display with Traffic Sign Recognition. The car recognizes and displays traffic signs, including speed limit, stop and yield signs.
  • 360° View Monitor. The car can give a bird’s-eye view of itself and its surroundings.

2019 Mazda CX-9 competitor comparison

Here are comparable SUVs or SUV crossovers. It’s worth noting that not all of these have a third row but they are all mid-sized.

Mazda CX-9 Honda Pilot Nissan Murano Jeep Grand Cherokee Ford Explorer
Base MSRP $32,280 $31,450 $31,270 $31,695 $32,365
Expert Scores 4 4.4 4.1 4 3.8
Standard Features 7″ Touch Screen, 50/50 Split Folding 3rd Row Seats, Active Safety Features, Voice Command Honda Sensing Safety and Driver Assist Suite, Push-Button Start, 5″ Color Screen, 3rd Row Seating Automatic Emergency Braking, 8″ Touch Screen; Apple CarPlay/Android Auto 7″ Touch Screen, V6 Engine, Parking Sensors, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert Ford MyKey, 18″ Wheels, Keyless Entry, LED Headlights and Taillights, Trailer Sway Control, 3rd Row Seating
Fuel Economy 24 MPG 22 MPG 23 MPG 21 MPG 30 MPG

*Chart data is for base 2019 models. Expert score averages Kelley Blue Book (KBB) and Edmunds expert ratings. Standard technology refers to features included in the lowest trim level for each model at no extra cost (but is not an exhaustive list). Fuel economy is combined city / highway mileage as defined by the EPA.

2019 Mazda CX-9 trim comparison

The CX-9 has four trims. Each trim adds to or improves upon the features that came before it. The price spread from the least expensive, the Sport, to the most expensive, the Signature, is around $13,000. Note you could add all-wheel drive to any of the trims, but it is standard on the top Signature trim.

Trim Sport Touring Grand Touring Signature
MSRP $32,280 $35,330 $40,840 $45,365
Standard Features Active Safety Features, 50/50 Split Folding 3rd Row Seats, Tilt & Slide 2nd Row Seats, 7” Touch Screen Advanced Active Safety Features, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, 8″ Touch Screen Moonroof, Navigation, Active Driving Display, 360º View Monitor, Parking Sensors All Wheel Drive, Nappa Leather Seating, Rosewood Inlays, LED Accent Lighting

Mazda model comparison

As the largest vehicle in Mazda’s crossover line, the Mazda CX-9 is the most expensive. If you have a budget of $35,000, a base model CX-9 would probably come close to that amount after taxes. But if you don’t need such a large SUV, you could consider a tricked-out Mazda CX-5, as its base price starts at a much lower price.

Model Name CX-9 CX-5 CX-3
Base MSRP $32,280 $24,350 $20,390
Expert Scores 4 4.4 4.2
Standard Features 7″ Touch Screen, 50/50 Split Folding 3rd Row Seats, Active Safety Features 7″ Touch Screen, Bluetooth, HD Radio, Smart City Brake, Active Safety Features 7″ Touch Screen, Keyless Entry, Active Safety Features
Fuel Economy 24 MPG 28 MPG 31 MPG

The bottom line

You might like the Mazda CX-9 if you’re looking for a large SUV that can routinely handle five passengers with the occasional need for seven. The CX-9 gives owners cargo space you can trade out for extra seating options thanks to third-row seating you could use or fold out of the way.

You might not like the CX-9 if you constantly need seating for more than five. Its design makes it harder to get to the third row of seats than say, a minivan’s design would. The third row itself can leave adults a bit squashed for space, too.

MSRPs in the article are accurate as of the date of publishing.


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