2014 Mazda CX-9: Car Seat Check


Fun to drive isn't the first thing that comes to mind when describing three-row crossovers, but the 2014 Mazda CX-9 is just that with its 3.7-liter V-6 engine and responsive automatic transmission. Things got decidedly less fun when installing child-safety seats into it, however. The CX-9's interior isn't the roomiest, and the third row doesn't have a set of lower Latch anchors or any tether anchors. We can live without the third-row Latch anchors because you can use a seat belt to install a car seat instead, but the missing tether anchors means that a forward-facing convertible cannot be installed there.

More Car Seat Checks

In Car Seat Checks, we don't install rear-facing child-safety seats in the third row because most parents want the young children who ride in these seats in the second row so they can assist them, if needed. Kids in forward-facing car seats are older and a bit more independent, making it more likely that parents will install their child-safety seats in the third row when necessary.

By Jennifer Newman | February 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

Is the Mazda CX-9's Gas Mileage Competitive?

"Is the Mazda CX-9's gas mileage poor compared to other SUVs?"


By Rick Popely | November 2, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Mazda CX-9: What's Changed


Most significant changes: Optional rear cross-traffic alert

Price change: $200 higher on Sport; $250 more on Touring and Grand Touring

On sale: Early October

Which you should buy, 2013 or 2014? 2013. The prices increases are modest on the 2014s, but so are the changes. The better deals should be on 2013 models.

Mazda refreshed its three-row CX-9 crossover for 2013 with new front and rear styling and a new dashboard design that includes a standard 5.8-inch touch screen. The changes are more modest for 2014: Rear cross-traffic alert is a new option, and the Grand Touring model has new 20-inch wheels.

By Rick Popely | October 29, 2013 | Comments (0)

Refreshed Mazda CX-9 Doesn't Need to Change Third Row

The Mazda CX-9 has undergone a refresh for the 2013 model year. This doesn't equal a full redesign — even if TV and radio commercials make it sound that way. The reality is that small changes of the baby-step variety were made to the CX-9's outside and inside, but not wholesale changes, especially not to the third row. In the past, our team of editors has dinged the CX-9 for being tight on space in both legroom and headroom, as well as being difficult to access the third row.

The truth in numbers is hard to dispute. Not one interior dimension has changed between the "old" 2012 CX-9 and the "new" 2013 CX-9 and that includes the third row. Third-row dimensions are far roomier in the slightly longer Chevy Traverse and even the significantly shorter Honda Pilot. You can compare all four here.

But my family found the CX-9's third row to be flexible enough to make up for the shortness of space.

By Kristin Varela | May 30, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week


Last week's top four most-read reviews stayed put this week, with the 2014 Subaru Forester and 2013 Toyota RAV4 once again occupying Nos. 2 and 3, respectively, and the 2014 Chevrolet Impala and 2013 Ford Escape holding fast in fourth and fifth. Meanwhile, at No. 7, our 2013 Mazda CX-9 review makes its debut roughly two months after first appearing on Kicking Tires, and the 2013 Ford Explorer returns at No. 10. Check out what was popular this week:

1. 2014 Subaru Forester
2. 2013 Toyota RAV4
3. 2014 Chevrolet Impala

4. 2013 Ford Escape
5. 2013 BMW 3 Series

6. 2013 Honda Accord

7. 2013 Mazda CX-9
8. 2013 Buick Encore

9. 2013 Toyota Avalon
10. 2013 Ford Explorer
By Matt Schmitz | April 28, 2013 | Comments (1)

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2013 Mazda CX-9


A three-row crossover, the 2013 Mazda CX-9 successfully manages to handle seven passengers without feeling bulky or looking matronly, says Cars.com Family reviewer Courtney Messenbaugh. This crossover is agile and its 3.7-liter V-6 engine easily handles highway on-ramps. Courtney says the third row isn't the most comfortable, but anyone can sit back there for a short trip.

2013 Mazda CX-9 Family Review

By Jennifer Newman | April 19, 2013 | Comments (0)

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Mazda CX-9


The 2013 Mazda CX-9 differentiates itself from other members in the large-crossover gym by throwing some cardio and calisthenics in with the weights — and though you might not know it by looking, it's a more well-rounded athlete for the extra effort. Cars.com reviewer Jennifer Geiger says the CX-9 has worked hard to compete in its market segment, though it hasn't gotten the recognition it deserves for its sportier, more agile driving dynamics. Opinions will differ on the look and comfort of the interior, but the fuel economy and navigation system disappoint. Read the review and decide if the CX-9 has what it takes to stand up to its competitively priced peers.

2013 Mazda CX-9 Review
By Matt Schmitz | February 21, 2013 | Comments (2)

2013 Mazda CX-9: Car Seat Check


For 2013, the three-row Mazda CX-9's exterior has been updated. It's now surprisingly sleek, especially for a crossover. While the CX-9 can seat seven, it's not in a comfortable fashion. The third row has little legroom unless the second-row passengers slide their seat forward.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide 30 rear-facing infant-safety seat, a Britax Roundabout convertible child-safety seat and Graco high-back TurboBooster seat.

By Jennifer Newman | January 31, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 Mazda CX-9: Photo Gallery

Mazda's largest crossover gets an update for 2013, but the changes are mostly cosmetic. What's most noticeable is its nose, which should look familiar.

More 2012 L.A. Auto Show Coverage

The CX-9 borrows its restyled grille and front-end design from Mazda's new-for-2013 compact crossover, the CX-5. Cars.com reviewer David Thomas says the refresh takes the three-row crossover’s looks from elegant to cutting edge. Check out more pictures below.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 29, 2012 | Comments (2)

2013 Mazda CX-9 at the 2012 L.A. Auto Show


  • Competes with: Honda Pilot, Chevy Traverse, Nissan Pathfinder
  • Looks like: Mazda's biggest crossover isn't giving up the sporty look
  • Drivetrain: 273-hp, 3.7-liter V-6; six-speed automatic transmission; front or all- wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: On sale now

Mazda's CX-9 has been an attractive choice in the three-row-crossover market ever since it debuted. It has held up well without a major redesign, and like the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander last year, this year the CX-9 gets some updates.

More 2012 L.A. Auto Show Coverage

Nearly every number on the spec sheet is identical to the 2012, from how big it is outside and in to the amount of horsepower coming from the same V-6 engine.

What's new is almost entirely cosmetic.

By David Thomas | November 26, 2012 | Comments (4)

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