Mazda CX-9 (Gen 2)

Mazda CX-9

Model Years Produced: 2016 to Current


The second-oldest vehicle in Mazda’s fleet, the current-generation CX-9 has been dutifully serving as the brand’s sole 3-row SUV since 2016. Although it may not be quite as sporty as its smaller siblings, the CX-9 nevertheless still manages to hold onto some of Mazda’s DNA for vehicles that are pleasant to drive, with engaging steering feel and well-controlled suspension. The interior is a nice place to be as well, with clever usage of upscale materials where it matters – especially on higher trim models, which can be had with Nappa leather and “Rosewood” interior trim.

The CX-9 isn’t the most efficient usage of interior volume – seemingly a Mazda hallmark – with competitors offering more cargo space inside. Its third-row seat is also practically useless for anyone other than small children and is best kept folded down when not needed. It uses the same 6-speed automatic and turbocharged 4-cylinder engine found in the smaller CX-5 and CX-30, although the added weight of the CX-9 makes it feel somewhat less sprightly. Even so, the engine commands a respectable 7.1 seconds to 60 mph from a stop – not fast, but not anemic either.

At 6 years old, the CX-9 has fallen behind some of its competitors, but it is still a solid choice in the segment. With its proven reliability ratings, solid build quality, pleasant driving dynamics, and comfortable interior, it will dutifully serve any new owners for years to come.

Warranty - New

Information is as of 2022 model year

  • Limited: 3 years/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 years/60,000 miles
  • Emissions: 8 years/80,000 miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 3 years/36,000 miles
  • Accessories: 1 year/12,000 miles

Mazda offers extended coverage up to 7 years/100,000 miles as well.

Warranty - CPO

Information is as of 2022 model year

  • Repair Deductible: $0 per visit
  • Limited: 1 year/12,000 miles extension to new vehicle warranty
  • Powertrain: 7 years/100,000 miles from original in-service date
  • Roadside Assistance: Yes



  • Very reliable
  • Nice interior and material usage, especially on upper trim levels
  • Excellent build quality
  • Handles and drives nicely for a midsize SUV
  • Great suite of standard safety features


  • Outdated design compared to competitors
  • Cargo space isn’t great compared to competitors
  • Warranty benefits could be better


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All figures are as of 2022 model year.

  • Transmission: Mazda 6-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: AWD standard
    • 2-speed transfer case not available
    • Electronically locking center differential not available
    • Electronically locking rear differential not available
  • Base curb weight: 4409 lbs
  • Max cargo capacity: 71.2 cu ft
  • Seating: 3 rows
  • Rear leg room: 39.4 in
  • Towing capacity: 3500 lbs


Mazda Skyactiv-G PY-VPTS - 2.5L I-4 Turbocharged

Power Figures

  • 227 hp on regular / 250 hp on premium
  • 310 lb-ft on regular / 320 lb-ft on premium

Fuel Economy

  • 23mpg combined
  • 20mpg city
  • 26mpg highway