2015 Mazda CX-9

Find Another Mazda CX-9
16 CITY / 23 HWY
Overall Quality
Overall Performance and Design
Predicted Reliability


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

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.


J.D. Power Ratings

Automotive Performance Execution and Layout
Overall Performance and Design?
Features and Instrument Panel?
Initial Quality Study
Powertrain Quality - Design?
Overall Quality - Mechanical?
Powertrain Quality - Mechanical?
Body & Interior Quality - Design?
Features & Accessories Quality - Design?
Overall Quality?
Features & Accessories Quality - Mechanical?
Body & Interior Quality - Mechanical?
Overall Quality - Design?

Power Circle Scoring Legend:

Among the best
Better than most
About average
The rest
*Please note that JDPower.com Power Circle Ratings may not include all information used to determine J.D. Power awards. Learn more about how J.D. Power Ratings are calculated.

The Latest Mazda Articles:

Mazda makes subtle yet significant improvements to every single model in its lineup. The biggest update is a re-engineered Mazda 6 sedan, which is improved in nearly every way.
Mazda refines its two car models—the Mazda 3 and the Mazda 6—and redesigns the popular CX-5 crossover SUV for the 2017 model year. Find out what else is new...
Mazda’s certified pre-owned (CPO) program vehicles blend qualities of new and used with an added level of protection, good savings for depreciation, and confidence about the real history of the vehicle.
A completely redesigned Mazda CX-9 3-row crossover SUV finally arrives, shown for the first time at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Mazda has expanded its lineup for the 2016 model year, introducing the CX-3 compact crossover. A new Miata roadster hits the streets, as well. Find out what's new for each 2016 Mazda car and SUV in our new car buyer's guide.
The 2016 Mazda 6 is a midsize sedan offered in Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring trim levels. Mazda makes numerous changes to the 2016 model.
With few exceptions, 2015 is a year of transition for Mazda, as the company unveiled redesigned versions of a couple of its key players for the 2014 model year and has already announced plans for all-new and totally revamped 2016 models. Find out what's new for the entire 2015 Mazda lineup...
There's a new breed of crossover SUV, and the 2016 Mazda CX-3 exemplifies it.
In the grand scheme of things, Mazda may not be the largest automaker on the block, but it is certainly drawing some attention with its revitalized 2014 lineup.
Revising a winning formula is risky business, but that's exactly what Mazda has done with what the company says is its best-selling model.