|Class||Full-size crossover SUV|
|Body style||5-door SUV|
|Layout||Transverse front engine, front-wheel drive / all-wheel drive|
|Platform||Ford CD3 platform|
|Engine||3.5 L MZI V6 3.7 L MZI V6|
|Transmission||6-speed F21 automatic|
|Wheelbase||2,875 mm (113.2 in)|
|Length||5,075 mm (199.8 in)|
|Width||1,935 mm (76.2 in)|
|Height||2007-09: 1,730 mm (68 in) 2007-09 Grand Touring: 1,735 mm (68.3 in) 2010-: 68.0 in (1,727 mm)|
|Curb weight||4,528 lb (2,054 kg) (approx.)|
|Related||Ford Edge Ford Fusion Mercury Milan Lincoln MKZ Mazda6|
The Mazda CX-9 is a full-size crossover SUV manufactured by Mazda at the Ujina 1 plant in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan.
The CX-9 is built on the Ford CD3 Platform that is shared with the Ford Edge, and it uses the same 3.7 L V6 engine used in the Ford lineup. Although outwardly similar, the CX-9 and Mazda CX-7 do not share platforms. The CX-9 has either a front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive configuration.
The 2007 CX-9 was fitted with a 3.5 L Cyclone V6 engine. Standard safety equipment included electronic stability control, traction control, roll stability control, front side impact airbags, and three row side curtain airbags. Options included DVD navigation system, handsfree Bluetooth phone link, backup camera, and a rear entertainment system with Bose 5.1 surround sound.
For the 2008 model year, the engine was changed to a 3.7 L unit producing 204 kW (274 hp) and 366 newton metres (270 lb·ft) of torque. The engine went into production in June 2007 at Mazda’s engine plant in Japan. The 2008 CX-9 uses an Aisin F21++ six-speed automatic transmission with a console-mounted shifter in a complex gate. Mazda also introduced blind spot monitoring, rearview mirror mounted backup camera, and collision avoidance/blind spot warning detection.
The 2008 CX-9 won the Motor Trend SUV of the Year award.
It was also selected for the North American Truck of the Year award at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2008.
The 2010 model year Mazda CX-9 received a new grille, and debuted at the 2009 New York Auto Show. Marketing began in Australia during late September and early October in three variants: Classic, Luxury, and Grand Touring.
Auto Week noted that "compared with other midsize utes, the CX-9 is responsive and has great steering. It almost feels sporty, but not quite though."
The CX-9 has tri-zone climate control and a Bluetooth hands-free interface as standard features. The more expensive Touring and Grand Touring trims include leather inserts in the upholstery as well as higher end audio and rear DVD entertainment systems.
For the 2013 model year, the CX-9 received a refresh that included a new grill, new headlights, and restyled front vents. Power is still delivered via the Ford-sourced, 3.7 V6, making 273 hp and 270 lb. ft. of torque, mated exclusively to the 6 speed automatic transmission.