2019 Mazda CX-9

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Mazda CX-9 highlights

Customer rating


  • Comfortable and quiet
  • Premium interior
  • Sporty handling


  • Tight third row
  • Limited cargo space
  • Low towing capacity

Mileage (EPA estimate)

20 city, 26 highway, 23 combined

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2019 Mazda CX-9 is the company's flagship three-row crossover SUV

The Mazda CX-9 holds onto the same signature styling for the new model year but the three-row SUV gets several upgrades for 2019. These new features include Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, a 360-degree view monitor, ventilated front seats, and SiriusXM Travel Link services. Mazda's flagship SUV also gets a refined and retuned suspension as well as better sound suppression for a quieter, smoother ride. The 2019 CX-9 is available in four trim levels ranging from the base-level Sport to the top-level Signature. Front-wheel drive is standard, with the option of all-wheel drive for all-season drivability. The interior has a premium feel, and while the front two rows offer good space, the third row is a tight fit for two adults. One of the better-handling three-row crossovers on the market, the CX-9 competes favorably against other midsize SUVs like the Honda Pilot, Subaru Ascent, and Volkswagen Atlas.

All Mazda CX-9 years

What is new for the 2019 Mazda CX-9?

  • CX-9 trims have been upgraded with A/C Seat(s), Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto as standard equipment this year.
  • The Grand Touring trim now comes with Automated Cruise Control as standard equipment.

2019 Mazda CX-9 trims

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  • 227-hp, 310-lb-ft of torque 2.5L
  • Smart Key
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Mirrors
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • View our Mazda CX-9 Sport inventory


  • Includes all features available on the Sport
  • Leather Seats
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Power Seats
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • View our Mazda CX-9 Touring inventory

Grand Touring:


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5 reasons to buy the 2019 Mazda CX-9

What We Like

Driving: The CX-9 brings a level of performance that almost seems out of place on a vehicle of this type. Acceleration is strong—especially when equipped with all-wheel drive—so passing slower traffic is no problem and the CX-9 quickly gets up to highway speed. The brakes provide quick stopping power, and the steering has a crisp response for an enjoyable driving experience. With a smooth-shifting transmission, the CX-9 delivers a smooth, comfortable ride.

Technology: The CX-9's dial-based infotainment system is relatively easy to navigate. Cellphone integration and pairing are also seamless and quick, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are welcome additions. Voice recognition works quite well, making it easy to enter an address into the navigation without taking your hands off the wheel. Advanced driver-assist features work well, including forward collision warning and lane keeping assistance.

Interior: For a non-luxury SUV, the Mazda CX-9 has a premium vibe to the cabin. Most controls are within easy reach of the driver, and the display screen is easy to read. The front seats offer good support and remain comfortable even after several hours behind the wheel. Access to the cabin is easy, with tall openings and shorter doors that can be opened wider in tight spaces. Second-row passengers will find good legroom and headroom with available rear heated seats. Third-row passengers will find legroom limited, but the wider seats feel less cramped than expected.

What Needs Improvement

Utility: While the cabin feels roomy, it seems to come at the expense of cargo-carrying capacity—space behind the third row is smaller than in many of the CX-9's competitors. The second row folds flat, providing a reasonable amount of stowage with the convenience of a flat cargo floor. Towing capacity is 3,500 pounds when properly equipped, which is also less than the competition.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

Above Average

RepairPal gave the Mazda CX-9 an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Mazda CX-9 4th out of 16 among Fullsize SUVs.

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Mazda CX-9 features and specs

Grand Touring 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • A/C Seat(s)
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • BOSE Sound System
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Head Up Display
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Third Row Seat
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 41"/M 39.4"/R 29.7"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

350/3500 lbs.



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