• Swoopy styling
  • Communicative steering
  • Strong V-6
  • Fuel economy isn't great
  • Not as roomy as a minivan
SUM UP An attractive alternative to a boxy minivan.

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for CX-9 in 2013

The 2013 Mazda CX-9 has new front and rear fascias and lights, a new shift knob, a restyled instrument cluster, new 20-inch wheel designs, and a newly available 5.8-inch touchscreen with navigation...more


The Mazda CX-9 crossover is a great alternative to a minivan, because although it offers three rows of seats inside, the Mazda has much more interesting sheetmetal and better driving dynamics. The long wheelbase leaves lots of room for passengers inside, and with twenty-inch wheels pushed far to the corners, the CX-9 has the handling to match its sporty looks. Best of all, the CX-9 is blessed with what is likely the best steering of any crossover, making this a good choice for driving enthusiasts who need a larger vehicle. The only engine choice is a silky-smooth 3.7-liter V-6 that produces a more than adequate 273 hp and 249 lb-ft of torque. The six-speed automatic transmission is smooth and responsive and can send power to the front or all four wheels, depending on configuration. A lengthy list of luxury goodies is available, including a touch-screen navigation system with real-time traffic information and a rearview camera, heated seats, Bluetooth hands-free integration, blind-spot monitoring, and a Bose high-end audio system. The third row of seats and the cargo area aren’t as commodious as in the best minivans, but the CX-9 is still considerably more stylish than traditional boxy vans and SUVs.


Front, side, and side curtain air bags are standard, as are ABS, traction and rollover stability control, and a tire-pressure monitoring system. Blind-spot monitoring is optional.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Mazda CX-9

  • Buick Enclave
  • Chevrolet Traverse
  • Honda Pilot
  • Toyota Highlander

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2013 CX-9 Standard Equipment

Braking and Handling

  • Four Wheel ABS

Climate Control

  • Front Air Conditioning
  • Rear Air Conditioning


  • Auto On Headlights
  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Locks
  • Power Trunk/Liftgate
  • Power Windows
  • Trip Computer
  • Vehicle Information Center


  • Privacy Glass
  • Rear Spoiler


  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Premium Interior Trim


  • Auto Day/Night Mirror
  • Auto Tilt Down Mirrors
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Front Fog Lights
  • Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
  • Heated Outside Mirrors
  • HID Headlights
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Memory Mirrors
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear View Camera
  • Stability Control
  • Theft Deterrent System
  • Traction Control


  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat
  • Third row seat


  • Blue Tooth Compatible
  • Homelink Universal Transmitter

Tires and Wheels

  • Alloy Wheels

Trucks and Towing

  • Transmission Oil Cooler
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