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Mazda CX-9 Review, For Sale, Interior, Colours, Models & News

The original CX-9 first hit the scene in Australia during 2007. Based on an American Ford underneath, but styled to look like a Mazda inside and out, the V6 petrol-powered seven-seater reasonably well for the Japanese brand.

Devoid of Ford influence, the 2016 redesign proved to be something entirely different and better, however, pushing out big-SUV boundaries with its combination of sleek styling, smart packaging, exceptional comfort, a quiet ride and silky yet punchy performance from a 2.5-litre four-cylinder turbo engine. In either front-drive or all-wheel drive configurations, the CX-9 showed others like the rival Toyota Kluger and Nissan Pathfinder exactly how it should be done.

In fact, this second-generation CX-9 demonstrated that Mazda could take on more-expensive luxury SUVs from Mercedes-Benz and Audi, giving the brand confidence to move more upmarket. Mazda's quest for premium positioning started right here. The cheapest grade starts from $45,990, rising to $73,881 for the most expensive version.

Mazda CX-9 Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Mazda CX-9 varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $45,990 and going to $73,881 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2022 SUV 2.5L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $45,990 $73,881
2021 SUV 2.5L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $36,300 $75,900
2020 SUV 2.5L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $35,300 $73,370
2019 SUV 2.5L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $32,800 $63,470
2018 SUV 2.5L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $27,700 $59,620
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Mazda CX-9 Interior

The Mazda CX-9's family friendly interior is headlined by a ‘floating’ central display that measures up 10.25 inches in diameter, with the largest version powered by the latest multimedia system, which uses a rotary controller as its input method.

The Touring grade gets cloth upholstery, while the Sport, GT and GT SP upgrade to leather, and the Azami and Azami LE get quilted Nappa cow hide.

Mazda CX-9 Dimensions

The dimensions of the Mazda CX-9 SUV vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2022 SUV 1747x1969x5075 mm 222 mm
2021 SUV 1747x1969x5075 mm 222 mm
2020 SUV 1747x1969x5075 mm 222 mm
2019 SUV 1747x1969x5075 mm 222 mm
2018 SUV 1747x1969x5075 mm 220 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Mazda CX-9 Dimensions

Mazda CX-9 Colours

Thye CX-9 is available in eight colours - ‘Machine Grey Metallic’, ‘Polymetal Grey Metallic’,  ‘Soul Red Crystal Metallic’, ‘Snowflake White Pearl Mica’, ‘Sonic Silver Metallic’, ‘Titanium Flash Mica’, ‘Deep Crystal Blue Mica’, and ‘Jet Black Mica’

  • Machine Grey Metallic
  • Polymetal Grey Metallic
  • Soul Red Crystal Metallic
  • Snowflake White Pearl Mica
  • Sonic Silver Metallic
  • Titanium Flash Mica
  • Deep Crystal Blue Mica
  • Jet Black Mica
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Mazda CX-9 Towing Capacity

The Mazda CX-9 has maximum towing capacity of 2000kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2022 SUV 2000kg 2000kg
2021 SUV 2000kg 2000kg
2020 SUV 2000kg 2000kg
2019 SUV 2000kg 2000kg
2018 SUV 2000kg 2000kg
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Mazda CX-9 Accessories

Standard equipment in the Mazda CX-9 includes dusk-sensing LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, push-button start, satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, digital radio, a head-up display, and three-zone climate control.

Mazda CX-9 Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Mazda CX-9 here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Why did my sunroof break while driving my 2018 Mazda CX-9?

    It sounds like there’s a bit of confusion here over what actually caused the glass to break. It’s not entirely unknown for sunroof glass to shatter in extremes of heat or vibration, and other times, a car that has been poorly repaired after a crash can put stresses on the glass it was never designed for. The glass could simply have been struck by a flying rock or piece of debris. How you interpret those things will determine whether you think the breakage is a valid warranty claim or not. The fact that the dealership that examined your car can’t say what those 'external factors' were, only deepens the mystery.

    In the end, I approached Mazda Australia with your case, who agreed to take a second look at the circumstances. The good news is that Mazda has applied the benefit-of-the-doubt judgment and agreed to fix your car under warranty.

    But it’s worth mentioning that any car owner unhappy with the service or consideration given by a dealership doesn’t have to let it rest there. All car brands have a customer service department, and this should be your next port of call. From there it’s on to the ACCC. In some cases it’s worth getting an independent inspection of any damage to try to come to a conclusion over what really happened. The State motoring clubs are a good starting point for this service.

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  • Mazda 9 - Will we ever see a successor to the 929?

    Mazda is unlikely to introduce a sedan larger than the Mazda6, due to the declining sales of larger sedans globally in favour of SUVs.

    However, with Mazda marching upmarket and its ties with Toyota strengthening, a joint-venture project with Toyota or even Lexus, using Mazda's new rear-drive platform and inline six-cylinder engine range, may make a model-sharing luxury flagship – a modern-day 929 in other words – a possibility.

    But there are currently no plans that we know of pertaining to such a model, sadly.

    We hope this helps.

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  • Are there plans for a new Mazda CX-9?

    Mazda introduced this version of the CX-9 in mid-2016. There have been a couple of facelifts since then (including some specification and model shuffling, as recently as late last year) but there probably won’t be an all-new CX-9 for at least another few years. Based on the previous model’s eight-year lifespan, you could figure on 2024 or so for an all-new CX-9 and you might be getting close.

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  • How much should I pay to replace the transfer-case on my 2010 Mazda CX-9?

    I’m not in a position to guide you around the financial aspects of this problem, Joseph, but it remains that the transfer-case in this model Mazda has, indeed, earned a very patchy reputation. It seems that Mazda never specified an oil-change interval for the transfer-case and, over time, the oil can break down and lead to high operating temperatures and internal wear of the mechanical parts. This can include metal fragments breaking off and damaging other components, as well as the high temperatures causing fusing (damage) to the metal parts. In some cases, that can also damage the spline shaft that joins the transmission to the transfer-case and, if that happens, the transmission will also be severely damaged. This has been known to occur in cars with as little as 70,000km on board.

    The reason the transfer-case oil wasn’t changed when you had the car serviced is simply because that task is not listed as a service item for this car. Which was, remember, the problem in the first place. Most workshops now agree that the CX-9’s transfer-case oil be changed every 60,000km or so, but sadly, it seems that’s all a bit too late for you. There was a Special Service Bulletin issued for this problem in the USA, but don’t assume that this will also apply to Australian Mazdas. That said, I’d still be having a chat with Mazda Australia’s customer service department.

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Mazda CX-9 Seats

The Mazda CX-9 is available with the option of six or seven seats. Five of its six grades and a bench in the second row, while the other one has two captain's chairs instead. Either way, there is a pair of bucket seats in the first row, and a two-seat bench in the third row.

Mazda CX-9 Boot Space

The CX-9’s boot is still pretty usable with all three rows in action, with 230L of cargo capacity available, but you can stow the two rear seats to get 810L in total. And if you want maximum cargo capacity, the middle seats can also be folded, but not in the Azami LE, annoyingly.

Mazda CX-9 Boot space Mazda CX-9 Boot space

Mazda CX-9 Fuel Consumption

The Mazda CX-9 is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by ULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 8.4L/100km for SUV /ULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2022 SUV 8.4L/100km 2.5L ULP 6 SP AUTO
2021 SUV 8.4L/100km 2.5L ULP 6 SP AUTO
2020 SUV 8.4L/100km 2.5L ULP 6 SP AUTO
2019 SUV 8.4L/100km 2.5L ULP 6 SP AUTO
2018 SUV 8.4L/100km 2.5L ULP 6 SP AUTO
* Combined fuel consumption See All Mazda CX-9 Pricing and Specs for 2022

Mazda CX-9 Wheel Size

The Mazda CX-9 has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 255x60 R18 for SUV in 2022.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2022 SUV 255x60 R18 255x60 R18
2021 SUV 255x60 R18 255x60 R18
2020 SUV 255x60 R18 18x8 inches 255x60 R18 18x8 inches
2019 SUV 255x60 R18 18x8 inches 255x60 R18 18x8 inches
2018 SUV 255x60 R18 18x8 inches 255x60 R18 18x8 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Mazda CX-9 Wheel Sizes

Mazda CX-9 Speed

The Mazda CX-9 doesn't have an official 0-100km/h sprint time, although independent testing has consistently seen it in the seven-second bracket.