2015 Mazda CX-9

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$29,985-$36,625
$28,382-$34,658
16 CITY / 23 HWY
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Overview

What's New for 2015:
  • Carries over virtually unchanged from previous year

Introduction
The 2015 Mazda CX-9 is a midsize family crossover SUV that seats 7, available in front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). It underwent a comprehensive restyling of the interior and exterior for the 2013 model year, most notably with regard to its front end, which reflects Mazda's Kodo design ethos. The model has changed hardly at all since then. Its competitors include the Nissan Murano, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Volkswagen Touareg, and Dodge Durango.

Models and Features
The 2015 Mazda CX-9 is offered in Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring trim levels. It offers many optional features, including leather upholstery and the latest safety and communications technology. Standard equipment for the 2015 CX-9 Sport includes 18-in. aluminum wheels, power exterior mirrors, and dark-tinted rear privacy glass. The Sport features cloth seats, height-adjustable driver's seat, power windows with one-touch operation for the front glass, power door locks with remote keyless entry, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, trip computer, outside temperature display, and triple-zone automatic climate control. Bluetooth hands-free calling and music streaming is also standard, along with a 6-speaker stereo equipped with HD Radio, CD player, USB port, and an auxiliary audio input jack. The CX-9 Touring adds heated mirrors, leather upholstery, heated front seats, 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat, 4-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, automatic headlights, blind-spot monitoring system, rear park-assist sensors, rear cross-traffic alert system, and rearview camera. The CX-9 Grand Touring features 20-in. wheels, xenon headlights, LED running lights, fog lights, automatic wipers, power liftgate, keyless ignition and entry, various upgrades to the exterior and interior trim, driver memory functions, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

The 2015 Mazda CX-9 can carry 17.8 cu. ft. of cargo behind the third-row seat, 48.3 cu. ft. of cargo behind the second-row seat, and a maximum of 100.7 cu. ft. of cargo with both rear rows of seats folded down.

Options and Packages
Options for the 2015 CX-9 Grand Touring include white pearl paint, rear-seat entertainment system with 115-volt power outlet, and a GT Technology package with a Bose Centerpoint premium audio system, navigation system, power sunroof, and satellite radio. The Touring Technology package, for the Touring trim level, includes many of the upgrades found as standard equipment on the Grand Touring.

Under the Hood
Every 2015 Mazda CX-9 is equipped with a 3.7-liter V-6 engine that generates 273 horsepower at 6,250 rpm and 270 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,250 rpm. A 6-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift gate is standard, and delivers power to the front wheels.

An active torque-split AWD system is optional, and includes a Towing package with a heavy-duty transmission cooler and radiator fan, and a 3,500-lb. trailer tow rating.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2015 Mazda CX-9 are:
  • CX-9 FWD: 17/24/19 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • CX-9 AWD: 16/22/18 mpg

Safety Ratings and Technology
The 2015 Mazda CX-9 is equipped with 6 standard air bags, including side curtain air bags for all 3 rows of seats. Traction control, stability control, and roll stability control are also standard, as well as a 4-wheel ventilated disc anti-lock braking system. The Touring and Grand Touring trim levels include various safety upgrades as standard equipment.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the 2015 Mazda CX-9 with AWD 3 stars (out of a possible 5) for frontal crash protection; 5 stars for side crash protection; 4 stars for rollover protection; and 4 stars overall. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates the 2015 Mazda CX-9 \"Poor\" for small overlap front protection; \"Good\" (its highest rating) for moderate overlap front protection; \"Good\" for side protection; \"Marginal\" for roof strength; and \"Marginal\" for head restraints and seats.

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