Flash Drive: 2010 Mazda CX-9
This 2010 review is representative of model years 2007 to 2012.
By Staff of MSN Autos
It's hard to make a big, 7-passenger SUV looks sporty. But Mazda seems to have pulled it off with this vehicle. With its trademark smiley grill, big wheels and sleek styling, the CX-9 fits nicely in the Mazda lineup. There's seating for seven and plenty of cargo space. While the second row adjusts forward and back to allow more room in the third row when necessary, it's still pretty cramped in the far back — best for short trips or short people. On the road, the CX-9 has decent power and handles well. Fuel economy is rated at 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway. However, the best I could get was 15 mpg. –Perry Stern
The Mazda CX-9 is a good-looking crossover SUV. With the angular front and sleek lines, you will definitely stand out from the crowd when driving this vehicle. In addition, it provides a comfortable ride. I was, however, slightly disappointed in the fuel economy provided by the V6, averaging only 17 mpg in mixed driving. The V6 did offer strong power when merging onto a freeway. And inside, Mazda does a nice job of blending style, comfort and technology to enhance the driving experience. The controls are easy to reach and simple to use. I did find that the trunk was very small when the third row was open. –Joe Chulick
The CX-9 may be the biggest car Mazda offers, but it doesn't feel enormous from the driver's seat. It falls halfway between being an SUV and minivan, but doesn't have the overtly raised profile of some purer SUVs. The CX-9 doesn't seem to have as many compromises as other SUVs, either. It is a pleasure to drive around town. And might be the best in class for comfort, performance and frugality (a wonderful combination of attributes), yet it still manages to leave me a little cold. The CX-9 doesn't have any truly distinguishing traits. It doesn't stand out in any one area. I'd like a car with a little more character! –Paul Hagger