2015 Mazda CX-9 | new car review

Posted on Nov 25, 2014 by
2015 Mazda CX-9
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 4.5 stars
  • Outstanding
AEDAED 125,000 - 150,000
  • 4/5 Avg. User Rating

  • Rated 4 stars
  • 1 Review

  • CX-9
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  • Last modified: December 14, 2014
  • Exterior
    Editor: 90%
  • Interior
    Editor: 80%
  • Quality
    Editor: 80%
  • Features
    Editor: 80%
  • Performance
    Editor: 80%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 80%

Review Summary:

The is a full-size crossover SUV that has been around since 2006 and is built on the same platform as the Ford Edge. Going up against the Chevrolet Traverse, the Japanese SUV has an advantage, in the aesthetic department, at least.


Striking exterior design and spacious interior.


It isn't as powerful as its American rival.


Still in its first generation, the Mazda CX-9 is a product of continuous styling tweaks that has seen the SUV transform from an outright sleeper in 2006, into an outright stunner in 2015. Sporting the brand’s trademark grille, a set of neat headlamps, smoked tail lamps and bumpers to boot, the Mazda CX-9 steals the spotlight from its American rivals, like a prettier friend does at a party.

2014 Mazda CX-9 front


Pull open the door and the only words that come to mind are, spacious and roomy. While there is more than enough room to seat seven individuals and their belongings in the 490 litre boot, the overall design of the cabin isn’t the best in the Mazda range. The vertically blessed individuals that suffer with legroom or even headroom in other vehicles, would be delighted to know that the second row seats not only recline, but physically move back as well, increasing space at the simple tug of a lever.

2014 Mazda CX-9 interior


Determined to offer driver’s with a sportier experience, the engineers at Mazda have fitted the 2015 Mazda CX-9 with a 6-speed automatic transmission, which combines the extra control and fun of a manual-shift mode with the smooth-shifting of an automatic transmission.

2014 Mazda CX-9 headlight

On offer

Residing under the bonnet is a Ford sourced 3.7 litre V6 engine that whips out 273 horsepower at 6,250 RPM and 366 Nm of torque at 4,250 RPM. Delivering power through an All-Wheel-Drive layout, the 2014 Mazda CX-9 completes a 0 – 100 km/h run in a smidgen over 8 seconds, before continuing to its 225 km/h top speed.

2014 Mazda CX-9 side


If you’ve narrowed your options down to the Chevrolet Traverse and Mazda CX-9 with the intentions of having one parked up your driveway soon, then it may be sooner than you expected. The reason I say this, is because you won’t have to jump from showroom to showroom in doubt of which of the two is better; the Mazda, clearly has the edge in this battle. With a nicer outer shell, backed up a better interior and a lower price tag, you can’t go wrong with the 2015 Mazda CX-9.

2014 Mazda CX-9 rear


Specifications2015 Mazda CX-9
Engine/ Cylinders3.7 litre / V6
Max Power
273 hp @ 6,250 RPM
Max Torque
366 Nm @ 4,250 RPM
Tranmission6 speed automatic
DriveAll Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h8.0 secs
Top speed225 km/h
PriceAED 125,000 - 150,000

4 Responses to 2015 Mazda CX-9 | new car review

  1. Hari Reply

    February 10, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    • Rated 4 stars

    I bought a 2016 model which is one of the last ones with the 3.6 l engine. I m enjoying my drive and the car is really worth the money.

  2. Anand Reply

    May 2, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Can you please throw some light on the after sales service, maintenance cost and reliability factor for this vehicle ? I am considering cx9 and plan to keep it for at least 5 years

  3. jerry Reply

    May 25, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Hi zaran,
    since it is a prettyvlong vehicle,
    How you rate this vehicle on road handling??
    Is the drive comfortable..
    I am upgrading from a tida hatchback..so..need ur advise..


    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      May 27, 2015 at 2:51 pm

      Hi Jerry,

      Hope you’re doing well.

      The Mazda CX-9 is extremely comfortable and shockingly nimble for something its size.

      While I wish you all the very best on upgrading to the CX-9, I’d highly recommend you test drive it from the showroom before you purchase one.

      Best regards,


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