Everything You Need to Know About the New CX-9
Mazda first introduced its full-size crossover SUV, the CX-9, back in 2006. After ten years of successful sales, and a major redesign for the 2016 model year, the popular SUV is getting another shake-up for 2017. Slated to arrive for sale at Mazda dealership locations across the United States starting in late February of 2017, the newest version of the CX-9 includes much more than the outgoing model, but is priced the exact same.
A Look Back at the CX-9
Before we get ahead of ourselves by diving into all that the latest CX-9 has to offer buyers in the coming month, let’s take a quick look back at the popular full-size crossover from our favorite Japanese automaker.
- 2007 Mazda CX-9: The very first CX-9 crossover SUV was designed by Mazda in order to offer a larger version of the brand’s CX-7. The debut CX-9 model offered seating for up to seven passengers, and stood out on its own as a separate entity from the sportier CX-7 crossover. The 2007 Mazda CX-9 was an instant hit, popular among busy individuals on the go, as well as with larger American families. The engine on the first CX-9 was a 3.5-liter V6, capable of producing 263 horsepower and was paired with an automatic transmission. From the first year it was produced, all CX-9 SUVs were available with either front-wheel or rear-wheel drive.
- 2008 Mazda CX-9: One of the most critical lessons learned by Mazda from the first year that the CX-9 was on the market, was that buyers wanted crossover SUVs that were able to safely navigate various weather conditions. As such, the 2008 CX-9 was available with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The engine block changed from a 3.5-liter V6, to a new 3.7-liter V6, paired with an automatic transmission. A blind spot monitoring system was also added in 2008, and came standard on the Grand Touring model of the CX-9.
- 2009 Mazda CX-9: As in-vehicle technology increased, so did the available and standard equipment increase on the CX-9. The 2009 model of Mazda’s large SUV gained a trip computer, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Homelink system, and more. A brand new Power Sport Package was added to the SUVs lineup, and included heated seats, heated exterior mirrors, and more.
- 2010 Mazda CX-9: Changes made to the 2010 Mazda CX-9 were mostly cosmetic in nature. They included the integration of Mazda’s new trademark five-point front grille with redesigned fog lamp housing, a new steering wheel design, and chrome accents added to the interior dash. Structurally and under the hood, the 2010 CX-9 is identical to the model year it replaced.
- 2011 Mazda CX-9: After major cosmetic updates and changes to tech features in both 2009 and 2010, the 2011 version of the CX-9 was unaltered.
- 2012 Mazda CX-9: Once again, the Mazda CX-9 enjoyed an uneventful year on the market. Still featuring the 3.7-liter V6 engine under the hood, the 2012 CX-9 had a horsepower rating of 273 and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. The large crossover SUV managed to achieve an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 24 miles per gallon on the highway – an impressive number for the size of the seven-passenger vehicle.
- 2013 Mazda CX-9: Thanks to Mazda’s new “Kodo Soul of Motion” design philosophy, the 2013 CX-9 was externally restyled in order to reflect the new language. From a previous sporty exterior appearance, the 2013 CX-9 hit dealer showrooms with a more fluid and elegant stance than the models that came before it. The interior of the 2013 CX-9 added upgraded materials, audio systems, and the inclusion of Pandora Internet Radio for the first time.
- 2014 Mazda CX-9: Aside from adding the optional rear cross traffic alert safety system, the 2014 Mazda CX-9 remained largely unchanged from the outgoing year. Still equipped with the same responsive 3.7-liter V6 it gained back in 2008, the 2014 CX-9 held its place as one of the more popular large SUV options on the market.
- 2015 Mazda CX-9: The Recreation Accessory Package debuted on the CX-9 for the 2015 model year, and included roof rails, cross bars, a rear cargo net, and a sleekly styled rear bumper guard made out of stainless steel. With the ability to seat up to seven adults comfortably at a single time, and enough power to tow up to 3,000 pounds, it’s no wonder why the CX-9 was a worthy competitor in the midsize crossover SUV segment.
- 2016 Mazda CX-9: Completely redesigned from the ground up, this version of the CX-9 is currently being sold at Mazda dealerships nationwide. Among the vast number of changes, the 2016 CX-9 is now powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which can deliver up to 227 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque. Everything about this CX-9 seems new, exciting, and better than ever before. Starting just above the $30,000 price point, and with an EPA-estimated fuel economy of up to 28 miles per gallon on the highway, the 2016 CX-9 is saving drivers more money on the road than previous models.
A Look Ahead at the 2017 CX-9
Despite the fact that Mazda’s full-size crossover SUV just underwent an extensive redesign, the upcoming 2017 CX-9 promises even more standard features, for the same starting MSRP. The base Sport model of the 2017 CX-9 will offer standard LED head and tail lights, premium cloth seats, a 7-inch color display, and a rear back-up camera. The mid-grade CX-9 Touring model will build upon the already generous base model by adding Smart City Brake Support technology, leather seating, keyless entry, power front seats, a power rear liftgate, and an 8-inch color touchscreen display. For shoppers who want more out of the Touring model, the Premium Package adds automatic headlights, a 12-speaker high-end Bose sound system, back-up sensor technology, rain-sensing wipers, a sunroof, and an advanced navigation system. Drivers who want it all when it comes to their family SUV, the Grand Touring trim of the 2017 CX-9 adds adaptive headlights, a lane departure warning system, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and a head-up driver display.
The newest version of the Mazda CX-9 hasn’t yet hit showroom floors, but buyers are already lining up to experience it in person. Don’t miss out on this incredible new model, which offers so much more, for the same price as the redesigned 2016 CX-9.