Flash Drive

2019 Mazda CX-9

Model Tested: 2019 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring AWD

The 2019 Mazda CS-9 is a handsomely styled 7-passenger SUV that gets mid-twenties fuel economy.

Engine:2.5-liter turbo I-4, 227-horsepower, 310 lb-ft torque

Transmission: 6-speed automatictransmission, all-wheel-drive

EPA Rating: 19-mpg city, 25-mpg highway, 21-mpg combined

Base Price: $42,640

As Tested: $45,455


Good performance considering size and only four-cylinder engine

Noticeably quicker in Sport mode

Acceptable fuel economy—our best was 25.2-mpg highway

The Mazda CX-9 (right) is a three-row 7-passenger compared to the two-row 5-passenger CX5.

Great head-up display

Pleasant, comfortable highway ride

Excellent winter/skiing vehicle

Smooth 6-speed automatic transmission

Excellent suite of safety features

Rain sensing wipers

20-inch alloy wheels


Great stretch-out front legroom

Very good headroom

Heated, contoured leather steering wheel

Ample range tilt/telescopic steering column

This cutaway image shows the three-row seating arrangement.

Power lumbar both front seats

Three temperature heated/ventilated front seats

Heated second row seats

Second row adjustable seatback angles

Wide second row armrest with small storage bin

Ample second row legroom

Typically small third row seating


Power lift gate

Large cargo area

Extra storage under deck

Front row room, comfort and amenities are great.

Flat floor

Rear seats fold flat

No lift-over

Long rear doors open wide for easy in/out

Big rear door bins

Good cargo space behind third row seats

Large, deep front door bins

Medium size console bin

Windshield wiper de-icer

High beam headlight control

The centrally located controls are simple and intuitive.

WOW Factors:

Spacious, comfortable interior

Big, flexible cargo capacity

Excellent safety features

Strong luxury content

Skyactiv Technology really works


Tight third row access for large adults

Bottom Line:

We think the sweet spot in the Mazda SUV lineup (CX-3, CX-5, CX-9) is the CX-5, but if you truly need seven passenger accommodations then

The whole Mazda CX lineup (CX-3, CX-5, CX-9) are all excellent winter vehicles.

the 2019 Mazda CX-9 is a fine choice. It has all the positive traits of the CX-5 (a little harder to park) plus the third row and added cargo space. The turbocharged four-cylinder Skyactiv engine does an excellent job of moving the larger vehicle. Passenger space and sumptuous accommodations are excellent for the first and second rows.