In 2009, the Mazda CX-9 gets a standard trip computer on all trim levels, while the Sport trim gains Bluetooth phone capability, and the Grand Touring trims come standard with a garage-door opener and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink. In addition, all-wheel-drive trims now have a trailer tow preparation package. The four-door, seven-passenger CX-9 is a large crossover SUV that is powered by a 3.7L V6 engine good for 273 hp and 270 lb-feet of torque. While the six-speed automatic transmission is standard, all trim levels have a choice of either front- or all-wheel drive. EPA-rated fuel economy for a front-wheel drive CX-9 is 16 mpg city/22 mpg hwy and 18 mpg in combined driving; the all-wheel-drive CX-9 lowers those numbers by 1 mpg across the board. Mazda CX-9 standard safety features include antilock disc brakes with brake assist, stability control with rollover sensor, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags, while a blind-spot warning system is standard on the Grand Touring trim. Of special note is that the CX-9 has achieved high crash test scores.Read more Read less
The CX-9 carries into 2009 with only a few feature changes and increased standard equipment. A trip computer is now standard on all models, a Bluetooth hands-free calling interface has been added to the Sport model's feature list and the Grand Touring model now has a standard auto-dimming rear-view mirror with Homelink. Option packages get increased content as well. A new Power Sport Package now includes heated seats and heated outside mirrors, Sirius satellite radio has been added to both the Moonroof and Bose Audio Package and the Rear Seat Entertainment Package.
Sportier driving feel than other vehicles its size; emphasis on on-road performance; very roomy interior; safety features
Mazda's CX-9 is a full size larger than Mazda's performance utility vehicle, the CX-7, and closely related to the Ford Edge; but compared to the Edge and most other crossover SUVs it has a sportier character than the Edge and some might find the CX-9's overall package a bit more attractive. Even though the CX-9 is among the sleekest, more aggressively styled SUVs its size, it's also very roomy inside, with three real rows of seating and cargo space behind that.
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