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Mazda CX-9 Classic 2WD (2013)

by John Ewing,reviewed April 2013

Mazda’s seven-seater CX-9 range has recently been given a make-over to freshen its looks, plus some extra equipment to further tempt buyers. Naturally, there have been some price revisions too.
In the case of the entry-level Classic front-wheel drive, price is up a hundred dollars offset by a few extra trinkets such as USB port and bluetooth with voice control.

The carry-over short-stroke V6 is Mazda’s largest capacity engine and, mated to the standard six-speed auto, does a decent job of propelling more than 1900kg of SUV along. The gearbox’s smooth shifts complement the overall refinement of the CX-9, as does the comfortable ride over most road surfaces.

Low fuel consumption isn’t one of its virtues though and, unlike some rivals, there’s no diesel option.

Leg room for passengers in rows two and three can be altered by sliding the second row forwards or rearwards. Row three can accommodate adults, but seat comfort and space mean it’s more of a short-term proposition than for long trips. There are three child restraint points in row two.

CX-9 has a relaxed stable feel on the highway and handles twists and turns securely, though not as deftly as some of the competition. More road feel in the steering would be welcome also. CX-9 has a solidly-built feel and quality look to its fit and finish.
Mazda CX-9 Classic 2WD


Refinement, fit and finish, comfort and ride quality


Spacesaver spare, foot-operated park brake, no diesel, fuel consumption

Key features

Three-zone climate control, 18” alloys, front fogs, cruise control, CD with media inputs, bluetooth, rain-sensing wipers


Dual front/side/curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, brake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution, electronic stability/traction control, reversing camera

Car Details

Vehicle make Mazda
Vehicle model CX-9 Classic 2WD
Vehicle type People Mover
Year 2013
Price when new $44,525
Current price range $ - $

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Engine 3.7-litre, petrol V6
Max power 204kW @ 6250rpm
Max torque 367Nm @ 4250rpm
Acceleration to 100 km/h 8.3 sec
Braking from 80 km/h 25.7m
Economy ADR 11.0 litres/100 km
Emissions rating
3 out of 5 stars

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.