The 2017 Mazda CX-9 is a three-row crossover SUV that provides a decidedly more sporty outlook on hauling passengers than most of its rivals.
In attempting to fulfill that mission, it winds up feeling a little compromised as a family-hauler, though, which is why we've rated it a 6.5 out of 10 overall. It gets high marks for its looks inside and out, but we've docked it because it doesn't really fulfill its three-row promise especially well. The CX-9 is available in Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, and Signature configurations.
The CX-9 makes a great first impression thanks to its elegant appearance with a tall front end that wears a delicate, highly detailed grille with LED lights all models. Tapered fenders and a dramatic, by crossover standards, roofline square up with a wide stance that provides a planted, athletic, and almost Italian look. The extra-large 20-inch alloy wheels on some models heighten the appearance.
In terms of features, the CX-9 Sport starts with the basics—three rows of seats, push-button start, three-zone automatic climate control, and an infotainment system with two USB ports. Tourings deliver power-adjustable, heated, and leather-covered seats, more USB inputs, and a proximity key. They're something of a bargain within the lineup. The Grand Touring goes up from there with a moonroof, adaptive cruise control, and Bose speakers. The range-topping Signature, meanwhile, lives up to its positioning with rosewood trim inlays, nappa leather, and 20-inch wheels.
All models have power features, a CD-free audio system with Bluetooth audio streaming, and a rearview camera, but no CX-9 is available with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
With all-wheel drive, the CX-9 is rated at 20 mpg city, 26 highway, 23 combined. Stick with front-wheel drive and those figures climb to 22/28/24 mpg.
*This vehicle is Certified Pre-Owned and is eligible for our third party warranty program.