2019 Mazda CX-9 Review

2019 Mazda CX-9 Review

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IMHO, the CX-9 is simply the prettiest 3-row CUV in America. Period. But, is the CX-9 more than just a pretty face? Does it have what it takes to compete with the stalwart Highlander, Acadia and Pilot? What about the new comers from Korea or the large-and-in-charge options from Dodge and Chevy? Let’s find out.

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  • Brady Bisgard1

    March 21, 2019

    The 4 cylinder is underpowered. I went with the Highlander naturally aspirated V6 instead.

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  • Thuggerbae2

    March 21, 2019

    that engine in a MX-5 would be killer!

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  • hahahacho3

    March 21, 2019

    Please review Telluride. It's overdue and I can't wait.

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  • world peace4

    March 21, 2019

    There should be an option to remove third seats and slide the middle seats to get a reclining second row with extra leg rooms.

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  • eidee5

    March 21, 2019

    Where is the comparison with the Subaru Ascent? Odd to miss it as the Ascent got top marks in Consumer Reports and is a direct competitor.

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  • D Ed6

    March 21, 2019

    I think the Aviator is much more impressive. Mazda makes beautiful autos but this design is becoming a bit stale.

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  • Greg Sullivan7

    March 21, 2019

    I'm very confused. You give it a Ride rating of C, but you then say that if it were compared to vehicles in the luxury class, it's rating would go UP to a B. That doesn't make any sense – surely luxury cars would have a BETTER ride quality, which should LOWER the CX9's rating! Please explain.

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  • Kennedy Poi8

    March 21, 2019

    I'm biased, I have too much a respect for Mazda, but it is exciting to see so many enthusiastic readers of the range of mazda sedan hb and CX crossovers

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  • Waldemar Ishibashi9

    March 21, 2019

    I saw CX-5 and CX-8 in Japan in the deal. Both parked next to another. I think CX-8 is amazing alternative between CX-5 and CX-9. The front is the size of the 5, the rear is much bigger. The interior is more luxuries but nothing over the board. It is as wide as CX-5 so easier to park etc. I think Mazda should research if the rest of the world would like CX-8 on their market.

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  • Prasen Gope10

    March 21, 2019

    Please make a video on Kia Telluride!!

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  • Jorge Rodriguez11

    March 21, 2019

    The Doctor where I go every now and then and his wife have two of these CUV's They are really Nice looking

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  • Irfan12

    March 21, 2019

    wake up plz , one of ugly front nose , even not air dynamic and yes trunk is pretty small

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  • c woolfork13

    March 21, 2019

    ….I'm not a fan of the CX-9 front fascia…

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  • Johan Joubert14

    March 21, 2019

    I've posted this before, but since you put so much emphasis on combined legroom I thought I'd post this question again:
    How can we trust the numbers? I feel like the combined legroom numbers are misleading:
    2019 BMW 5-series: 77.9"
    2019 Altima: 79"
    2018 Kia Soul: 80"
    2019 Kia K900: 82.3"
    2018 Corolla: 83.7"
    Corolla more legroom than K900…hmmm, I think not. Soul more than Altima and 5-series? Nope!

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  • A D15

    March 21, 2019

    Mazda should have really sell cx8 in USA.

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  • Steve Bourguignon16

    March 21, 2019

    I just traded my 2016 sorento SX for a 2019 VW atlas SEL and I love it!
    I loved my sorento but needed more rooms. The VW is big, confortable and look awesome.

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  • Nick Babeaux17

    March 21, 2019

    They are super super nice, but after looking at the Telluride, and building a sx on their website, you get a lot for your money there and they're absolutely gorgeous I think I'd go with the Kia!!

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  • Greg18

    March 21, 2019

    I love how you have a specific format and can typically expect certain information to be present in your reviews, namely the cargo area load floors (as many reviewers skip this). I'm really looking for a large underfloor storage space for my next car to haul emergency equipment to keep the rest of the cargo area free.

    Also, do you have a way to donate that isn't via Patreon? PayPal/Venmo for example.

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  • John Webb19

    March 21, 2019

    Ew. Mazdas are so ugly. What the hell? Well, not ugly, I guess, just boring as all hell. Definitely not "pretty".

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  • Sid Grover20

    March 21, 2019

    i would pick the highlander hybrid – although it would be approximately $4 to $6K more expensive depending on the trim. But if i was looking at non-hybrid 3 row SUV's – i would pick either the Subaru Ascent or the Mazda CX9

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  • Ficon21

    March 21, 2019

    Has Mazda fixed its quality problems with paint peeling off CX-9 hoods? Two points for long-term cost of ownership. First, HUDs that project onto windshields generally require special windshield coatings and your replacement cost may be 50-100% higher. Second, 310 lb-ft of turbo torque (rapid-onset at low RPMs) will eat the front tires, especially with the stock eco compound and 255s are not cheap (and cheap ones will get eaten even faster).

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  • Chris Christian22

    March 21, 2019

    I can't wait to see Toyota do a Sienna hybrid

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  • threeer0223

    March 21, 2019

    Now do the MB 300 GLC…

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  • gene97824

    March 21, 2019

    Did we give up on Chevy and Buick? I realize GM is looking bleak and FORD to me is also looking bleak and when FCA has to give up it’s V8’s Hemi’s and people Realize Pick Up Trucks are not practical Mainstream transportation we’ll lose what started Americas love of automobiles.

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  • scaldon225

    March 21, 2019

    Mazda awd is trash .

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  • Chris Christian26

    March 21, 2019

    Another unpopular opinion I have is that six speeds is more than enough for an adequately powered vehicle. Too many gears means constant shifting back and forth too much busyness might as well go to a CVT if that's what you want.

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  • Chris Christian27

    March 21, 2019

    I like that Alex mentioned the Angles and crevices that need clean. I think automakers and car buyers have gotten carried away with design over function. Somehow conflating more weird angles and edges with being more rugged. Personally I appreciate the beauty of aerodynamics and minimalism. Smooth Sleek Contours.

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  • Chris Christian28

    March 21, 2019

    Does it still have the enormous center console that takes up leg space and hurts the knee to lean against?

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  • tutul rashid29

    March 21, 2019

    For me it would be Volvo XC90

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  • Justin Negrón30

    March 21, 2019

    Telluride looks better IMO

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  • Kennth Bennett31

    March 21, 2019

    Thank you for not doing the stupid music walk around like almost everyone else!

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  • Jason Kaminsky32

    March 21, 2019

    Alex – I know this is comparing apples and oranges and its a bias question, but Im currently in the market and have to choose between an XC-90 and a CX-9. I know they're different price points, but in your opinion is the XC-90 worth the extra $?

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  • uTubed00733

    March 21, 2019

    Mazda products don't age well: paint, sheetmetal, brakes, suspension parts after 6 years are often shot. Mazdas are emotional buys. There are more rational and better values with their competitors

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  • uTubed00734

    March 21, 2019

    Volvo xc60, xc90 much prettier, so is Toyota Highlander

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  • Luke iPanda35

    March 21, 2019

    SUVs can never be pretty. If you want a pretty vehicle, get a coupe. Then sedan.

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  • Luke iPanda36

    March 21, 2019

    I still think RAV4 is prettier.

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  • buoyant6937

    March 21, 2019

    Every auto writer seems to think this is the best looking midsize crossover but I must be drinking something different. Not that I find it ugly per se, but from the rear angles it looks a lot like a minivan to me.

    Having driven one, I do agree that it has a sportier feel than the competition but it’s somewhat hard to navigate through heavy traffic because of its huge size and visibility issues.

    While the interior is really attractive and assembly quality is excellent, I wouldn’t make any bets on long term reliability. The last CX-9 was a disaster and Mazdas are well known for their lack of corrosion resistance (my friend’s Mazda 6 already has a handful of small rust spots and it’s not quite 4 years old).

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  • Von Ace38

    March 21, 2019

    These kind of cross overs/SUV's are pretty much butch minivans.

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  • ELPJM0939

    March 21, 2019

    Mazda is trying to be luxury but their not. They are a a cheap Japanese automaker with questionable reliabilty. I’d rather buy a Toyota/Lexus.

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  • theodorekell40

    March 21, 2019

    Alex, you are right – a lot of content for base FWD 32K model. BUT… you not going to find one. Even if you do find FWD, it will have MSRP of ~36K because they automatically add on some packages

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  • Cyril Matthew41

    March 21, 2019

    Alex, does the CX-9 has almost equal weight distribution than FWD competitors coz i noticed that the engine is on the top of the front axle…. Also i don't agree with Mazda's claim of diesel like low end torque… Firstly, the engine capacity is quite large for a 4 popper with 2.5 Lts. Secondly, when compared with renowned 2 Ltr 4 cyls like the VWs TSIs that can produce torque 350nm as low as 1500 revvs all the way up to 4500 revvs is still better than Mazda's engine having 25% more displacement producing just 420 nm at larger 2000 revvs.
    For initial acceleration, with a large cross-over more HP & torque is essential. IDK what's wrong with Mazda despite having few engines to deal with, they simple use the same engine with same state of tune on smaller CX-5, Mazda 6 etc…. At least with their largest vehicle moreover their flagship use a higher state of tune….

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  • Amtrak 252342

    March 21, 2019

    The radio is a deal killer for me. I just want a regular set of knobs and buttons to control my radio.

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  • Andrew Trudgeon43

    March 21, 2019

    I wish your scales had some deminsions. For instance at 1:40 when showing the size. Based on that linear scale it would appear the Traverse is 50% bigger vehicle than an Acadia. I find it hard to believe the vehicle is actually 50% larger overall. Or the CX-9 looks to be about 30% larger than the Highlander. I would love if you put the Smaller dimensions, maybe a midpoint and then the largest so we can see if the scale is going from 100-125 or 100-400 in scale.

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  • zalewskm44

    March 21, 2019

    I'm surprised you didn't pick the Dodge Durango for the top pick in this segment.

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  • Bill45

    March 21, 2019

    The pre-refresh Sorento looked better than the current one. The dashboard in the Sorento is not as attractive as the CX9’s. But I like that the Sorento has a V6. Tough choice.

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  • rangergun46

    March 21, 2019

    Owner of 2016 CX9 GT, i love it and so does my family/friends. I think they should work on a lot of things. I would love a “CX-10” FULL! SUV something with a V6 or V8. PANO roof would be nice.

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  • James Mastroianni47

    March 21, 2019

    I think you know why the durango has such a massive hood, it has to fit a 5.7 hemi or even the 6.4. This thing is purely style points. Look at the size of the tahoe vs the traverse. The bof nature and the 5.3/6.2 under the hood needs a massive hood to sit under vs the traverse and its "wimpy" v6

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