Excellent for the bush for the performance it produces is well done for it needs high quality for it has managed to get car of the year people expect alot.
Great on the road, has the grips to stay on the floor with suspentions to kept the vehicle leveled verticaly with the ground. With large number of features within the car and outside. The multiple buttons for different functions. The Outside is the engine itself, with high performance and energy. Large amount of space and extremely comfortable. Spacious at the back to fit alarge amout of things, like a ute with a cage.


Great car to drive, but would have benefited by having an inbuilt GPS system as standard. 3rd row is very nicely thought up and works well.
Overall, very nice car to drive. It has a superb drive on the road. Everything is in the right place
1. The silver trims on the inside door panels and centre console scratches all too easily. Took delivery of the car with 3 scratches on various silver trims. Dealer made an undertaking to replace these. Still waiting to hear back from the dealer.
2. No Cargo cover as standard
3. No holder for the petrol cap to sit in when filling the car with fuel. This leaves the cap hanging so that it scratches the paintwork.
4. No permanent clock on the console
5. Seat memory should have been linked with mirror adjustments.


Great car. Pity about the scratches in the interior plastic. You would think at this price, the quality of the plastic would be better. And the headlamps or headlamp protectors are obviously not shaped well if I have lost 4 in 25000km. Otherwise this car is superb. Zoom zoom!
Great family "wagon". Fits three child seats in middle row and can still access seat belt buckles, which most other cars do not. Very comfortable as driver or passenger. Luxury model has a few nice touches such as heated seats, sunroof, leather, and Boss sound system. Curtain airbags all the way to the third row seats which was a must for me. ESC was also a must which this car has.
Bit pricey but I suppose worth it. Very thirsty on fuel. Can't seem to hold on to headlamp protectors (last one flew off after two days) so no longer replacing them. Centre consol and drivers door grasp is getting very scratched after only 30000km.

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Not sure if you still have this car, but the silver plastic trims were faulty in the initial release of the car. Ours were all replaced under warranty. The replaced ones were much better,


overall, i enjoy the vehicle. I just have to get used to stopping at the bowser more regularly. I had test driven an Audi Q5 also, but it was really too small for the price (which was quite a bit more than the Mazda) and I didnt want to spend as much as the much dearer Q7. I believe Mazda has equipped the vehicle very well. The customer doesnt have to worry about the Audi and BMW type pricing which require you to build your car to get to the price, which turns out to be exceptionally higher then the figure you first thought.
comfort and style. Handles a lot like a sedan. There is minimal body roll when compared to other similar vehicles in the segment. I have specked mine a bit by fitting sidesteps, 22 inch wheels and roof racks. The wheels do maketh the machine. The performance of the vehicle is good.
fuel consumption is not what is quoted, unless the vehicles trip computer is inaccurate. I combine city and motorway (albeit the M5 cant be classified as a motorway during peak periods) and can only get about 16.5 litres per hundred, not the quoted 13. Also the petrol tank size is too small for the consumption of the vehicle ( or maybe i was just used to my old Prado, with dual fuel tanks on a V6 could make it from Sydney to the Gold Coast and cruise around for days before refuelling. A turbo diesel could also be a benefit for the motor line-up. Not many vehicles in this segment without the option of diesel.
Interior can scratch easily around centre consol.
The size of the doors are actually oversize. You have to train the kids about opening the doors. I even opened the door recently, with the door slipping through my fingers and bashing the side mirror (of my other car).


Absolutely brilliant car. We moved on form a Ford Territory and this is much more smoother, luxuriant and nicer to drive. The heated leather seats and easy adjustment as well as the different temperature controls makes my whole family happy.
Mazda seem to have done well with producing a nice, functional car for a family of 5 (with friends)..
Great comfort and handling with ease of seat arrangements. You can easily turn it into a 7 seater, 5 seater or 2 seater with ease. ( This makes my wife happy)
It doesn't seem to have a warning signal for low fuel. Sure I know it's got a fuel guage and a distance to empty but my wife ran out of fuel on the second refill because we were used to an audible alarm. Also, the reversing camera is brillinat but it should also have audible reversing sensors.


This is the best car for my family. i have three kids under three and needed something big and stylish without having to go the kia. i can move the kids around so they dont pull each others hair etc.. and they love the dvd!!!
At last a family vehicle that looks ace!!!!
everything. Love love love this car. really easy to drive. smooth. smart. classy.
When you drive it ladies be sure to know that you will be getting checked out by every male driver. I certainly do :O)
it is so easy to drive especially on cruise control that my brain sometimes tells me i can take a nap lol good job i never do!
The time i waste with people who stop me as i am loading the kids into it to tell me what a great car it looks like and if it actually is.


Fantastic car, checked out lexus, audi, BMW, Merc and VW, this car included most extras as standard for 1/2 the price. Be glad there is no DVD or Sat Nav we saved thousands buying and fitting our own. Looooove this car.
Everything! We purchased the Luxuary modle. Handling, stylish looks (head turner), lots of buttons to push, awsome sterio, the 3rd row has real seats (not just for kids)with enough leg room to move, plenty of room in boot when used as 5 seater, there IS a spare tyre underneath and jack in the hidden compartment in boot, no DVD player (cheaper to purchase (Clarion)and have instaled), no built in sat nav (cheaper to purchase protible and can be multi used), aircon is coooooold, picks up well, pulls up quick, colors (blue), stering wheel is small and yet your not constantly turning it, reversing camera (helps with revers parking expecially due to the larger size of vehicle).
Being very picky as not much to say- seat seatings should incorporate side and rear mirrors, auto access to top half hatch for boot would be good, sunroof back a bit as quite glary, no cargo cover (but you would notice this if you actually looked at the car pre purchase. Extras such as mats,tow bar etc were quite expensive as cops luxary car taxes, many blind spots, can be difficult to park as a bit wider and longer than normal car (blind spots don't help).



love it love it love it. we took this car for a test drive and after the windy roads and hills decided this is the car for us. a bit dissapointed that we have to wait till march for delivery but deffinatley deserving of the wait!
lots of room in the back with 7 seats up, 3rd row has less legroom but still doable, woulod be more than comfy for kids under 12. 2nd row seats have ample leg room for a comfy long trip, even with front seats right back. zoned aircon is fabo, we tried and tested it, the kids can set their own temp in the back while each of the front sides has its own controls. stereo system pumps. highly reccomend this car if people are looking for something stylish, powerful and easy to drive, its like parking a normal car, no big feel too it. Turning circle is smaller than my x-trail was!
everything. sticks to the road like sh#t to a blanket, Looks stunning, awesome pickup power, beautiful stylish interior

Incredible car!

We have a CX-9 Luxury 2008. We can recommend this vehicle in every way.. its extremely quiet comfortable, both as a driver and a passanger. Beautifully finished, with leather interior and seats. Its large enough for the tallest passengers in the rear and in the extra seats. Our 6'2" tall son travelled in the very back for over an hour with no cramped legs!!
We tow our 1 tonne boat, as well, with ease.
I love the width, but at times find parking a bit hard, because the spaces are not wide enough, and other cars have hit the side of the car, which has caused some superficial damage. I try and park as far away from the main carparking areas and then take up 2 spots!!
Well done Mazda!


Well built, drives better than competition and can fit a family with 4 kids.

We bought a CX-9 AWD Luxury to replace our 2009 Kluger KX-S. We had the Kluger and were happy with it but after having our 4th child we were forced to use the 3rd row seats on a daily basis. As the Kluger seats in the 3rd row did not split we ended up with no boot and could not even fit in a pram.
The CX-9 is much better in this area with split fold rear seats(as does the latest Kluger) and enough room to fit a decent sized pram behind the back seats. The storage under the floor in the boot is very handy for wet towels and swimmers or to hide things from view.
The runners for the 2nd row seats fill up with dirt and food and are impossible to clean out.
The air conditioning is not as good as the Kluger with only 1 air con unit in the front, unlike the Kluger that has another in the rear and can be controlled from front seats.
Fuel economy is not as good as the Kluger but our CX-9 is AWD and our Kluger was only FWD so maybe thats a factor.
Drives very, very well. Leaves the Kluger for dead in the handling department, I can't believe the thing weighs 2T when you drive it hard. My Nissan Patrol weighs over 2T and feels it but the CX-9 is really built for the driver.

Overall I feel the CX-9 is a better car than the Kluger we had with better build quality and better components. The Kluger was well built but seemed to use cheaper materials. The CX-9 just feels like a quality vehicle. The CX-9 does lack some nice little features that the Kluger had but the way it drives more than makes up for it. Last of all no woodgrain in the luxury models like the Kluger, the CX-9 is a very stylish looking vehicle inside.
Drives very well, well built like most Japenese cars, plenty of room, practical interior and the BOSE sound system in the luxury and GT is very good.
Fuel consumption is higher than Kluger we had before, 2nd row seat runners fill up with dirt, food etc. Rear air conditioning cannot be controlled from the front seats like the Kluger.

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So would you say the kluger is better overall?

Great looking car but have shortcomings. Beware of car dealership's vehicle protection sale pitch.

Great looking car, nice to drive with versatile 2nd and 3rd row seating arrangement. This car is sits high off the ground; good high view. Comes with good vehicle safety features; feels sturdy and safe.

The body paint must be applied thinly as the external paintwork get scratched easily. The siver paintwork inside the doors also get scratched easily. The engine, while is powerful, is also very thirsty. The brochure's stated fuel economy is misleading.

I regretted falling for the car dealership's vehicle protection sales pitch. Paid hundreds $ more in addition to the vehicle drive away price thinking I've got a good deal. Won't name the vehicle protection plan promoted by the car dealership; paid for paint protection, leather/fabric seat protection and minor repair for dents and paintwork chips. The paintwork looks dull after several months of washes; easily scratched. When contacted the third party company to repair a dent, was told that it can't be done - excuse given that its on a location that is hard to reach etc. I should have read the fine print rather than rely soley on the sales pitch. In the end, I got another company to fix the dent.

The car dealership might let you think you got a good drive away price but they will fleece you in other areas such as vehicle protection plan, optional extras for the vehicle and car SERVICING!
Great looking car, versatile 2nd & 3rd row seats and has good safety features.
Thin paintwork, thirsty engine plus misleading and overly expensive vehicle protection plan promoted by the car dealership.

Zoom zoom with room!

Love this car! Needed to upgrade to a larger vehicle to accommodate our growing family. The Mazda CX-9 easily fits three child seats in the second row and with the third row down, can even store two 3-wheel strollers... and a couple of bags of shopping. Like that there is also "hidden" storage in the cargo area - enough room for beach towels and first aid kit. Find it to be really versatile with seating; Rear split fold third row means you can seat six people and still have plenty of storage space (although when using child seats in the second row, the third row passenger has to access their seat via the hatch). All this in a car that drives really well. Have only previously owned hatch backs and sedans and have found this car a surpassingly easy drive, the reversing camera also makes it a breeze to park.
Brilliant family car, fun to drive, good safety features, loads of storage, versatile seating configuration, loads of ports to charge mobile phone iPod etc, looks great!
Is pretty thirsty with fuel consumption up around 19L/100K, annoying bell alarm when you open the driver side door and leave the key in the ignition

You must be driving with a heavy right foot to get that mileage!Hi what sort of child car seats are you using?

Beautiful Car

I test drove the CX9 Luxury.

This is a beautiful car to drive and beautiful to look at. Love the big 20" wheels. It's extremely quiet and the steering, engine and transmission combination is fabulous. Could not fault it. It would be great on long journeys and can carry a bucket load of gear.

Inside the cabin is all quality. The leather seats are very supportive and very comfortable in all rows including the seating in the third row. Even I found them comfortable to sit in. What I also liked about the 3rd was was the fact that they deployed with a single action.

Fantastic a/c system, where the passengers in the 2nd row have their own a/c controls. Great idea. Lots and lots of storage.

Not so good. The price of this car, mid to high 50K and it doesn't come with Blue tooth, Satnav or reversing sensors. By the way, the same CX9, but higher spec'd model, sells for under $40K in the US and over $60k here.

Size. Despite looking smallish on the road, it's big. 5100mm long. That's 300mm longer than a Ford Territory. Not that big is a fault, you just mights struggle to get it into a std garage.

Fuel consumption. I suppose if you could afford this car you may not worry about about the fuel, but it's a pity there is no diesel option.
The look, the quality, the ride and handling, third row seats, a/c system, leather seats, bose radio.
Price, no phone connectivity, no satnav, no reverse sensors - all optional. 20" tyres cost a bit to replace. Pls make a diesel engine.

My wife and I and of course the kids , went to have a look for a suv and had 2 in mind first the subura TriBeCa ,well looks good it got some good features in like aircon all throu the roof and the entertainment DVD pack for the kids , but biggest problem is space, it is small inside and not comfortable at all and couldn't believe that the sale man was saying how much room the subura had while I was driving it I made the sale man to sit in the back and continued to ask if he was comfortable and like a sale man he was of cause yeah yeah heaps of room he said while he had his knees in my back and he was a pushy sale man to which I don't like . The best thing was that Mazda cx9 was right next to it and so we took the Mazda for a test drive and we made our mind before we got out of there driveway the Mazda was so so comfortable and room for 7people like they say it is so we can't wait to get our cx9 The new '13 model has great Bluetooth phone connection and reverse camera. I miss the reverse sensors though...


Excellent car with a great drive & performance. The best sound system available with one of the best interiors to match Mazda have raised their game.
It does not look or handle like a standard 7 seater SUV, BOSE sound system can not be beaten, leather interior in immaculate in design/quality & drives like a sports car.
When a 7 seater no room for any luggage & limited colour options.


Not until after I bought the car from Penfolds Burwood did I find out that the 'Cargo Cover' is an optional extra. And a $400 one at that. Every hatch I ever bought has it as standard. To spring that on one after the contract is signed and you are about to drive away is like saying .. oh by the way there is no jack and no spare wheel but you can buy one now if you like. Out and out extortion. I m in the process of trying to get the contract rescinded and the sale cancelled unless they make it standard on all CX-9s.
Most of it BUT
No "Cargo Cover" as standard, and arm rest on centre console is too high, but have only driven it home so far and am trying to cancel the sale

So everything in the car is good, except it doesn't have a cargo cover. And that's only worth 2 stars?i dont think its fair to fault the car if you are only pissed off at the dealer for not providing you all the sales informationThis is a ridiculous review. Quit being a drama queen.

My favorite!

This is an amazing car. We own the CX9 Luxury '08 model and cannot compliment it enough. With three young children this car is perfect for little spills or bickers. The leather is dark with grey trims and am easily able to mop up any thing that hits it. The comfort and space between each seat allows the children their own space, as well as my husband and myself to drive those long distances in peace.

This car looks superb on the exterior, "Gun metal grey" with those beautiful 20' tyres, it's sleek and superior.
The only thing I can think of is as mentioned in earlier reviews, petrol. However owing we do alot of city driving and school runs, its understanable. When we conciously keep the revs under 2 the fuel will last.

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Hi can u tell me how much fuel it takes doing school runs and city driving?in the city around 18L/100k, on the highway 12L/100kit s not better than Cx7. I wonder about mazda tech

mazda cx-9

Great car, but uses a lot of fuel.
also doesnt fit 2 carseats and alow you to have access to the rear row as the middle seat is raised so is not stable enough to support the baby seat, so you must use the outer seats.
is great for the occasional 7 seater with leg room for a teenager.
Leg room in the 3rd row
Should have been diesel

Great couple car

This car has been a great model for Mazda. I wasn't sure about buying one but have been really happy with it as a city SUV. It sits well on the road. Has many features at not a high price tag, including sunroof, good sound system and speed control. I woud recommend one to any young professional.
Feels like a big car, not not too big.
Rattles abit.


Great car and highly recommend

This car is excellently resented and drives like a dream. The interior is immaculate with lots of room, seat warmer and sun roof added extras are nice. Fuel economy not too bad for a V6. A very smooth drive. We can fit 3 kids car seats in them - 2 toddler and 1 baby capsule. So plenty of room.
Interior and smooth drive.
It is big but that is half the point.


North American "Truck" of the year 2008

My brother had a CX9, 2008 model until 2012

I drove it quite a bit though so I feel I know it well enough to review it.

Seriously, this was truck of the year 2008. This cannot be classed as a car due to its extreme size and weight.

This was designed for the US market and has a really annoying design issue. There is simply no space for my left knee in the drivers seat. No matter how I adjust the seat my left knee is always against the hard plastic of the dash. I would hate to be in an accident in this car.

The 20 inch wheels are impressive but leave it with horrible ride. The car is easily unsettled on bumps and never feels planted on the road. Jiggly is the best word I can come up with. When the truck was released there was only one brand of tyre for it which was over $800 per wheel. This is a huge problem as you will be lucky to get 20,000km from the tyres (especially if you have a leaded foot). You can now get falken tyres and they are about $500 each.

The interior is pleasant, but the paint that mazda used for the silver highlights comes off very quickly. It has almost no wear resistance. Most people are buying this to transport kids, so be aware that your lovely interior will quickly look second hand due to poor quality materials.

The engine has so much power its ridiculous. You can easily outrun most traffic and scare the kids to death at the same time. The power costs, as it loves to drink heavily. Hopefully you don't have to pay for it. Getting it on a lease through work might be ok...

Only the second row of seats have baby anchors, the third row does not have any anchors. This could be a problem for some people. The third row seats are too tight for adults.

The car has terrible blind spots and it is dangerous when trying to merge onto the motorway. Twisting your head doesn't help the situation. Later model years have a blind spot monitoring system, which tells you if its safe to merge. It should have been standard from the beginning. As should have been reversing sensors. Its incredibly difficult to park the beast.

For some reason people like these trucks, I had people in other cars staring at me with envy at traffic lights whenever I drove it. I just don't get it. Its just too big and too clumsy.
Sunroof is nice, very fast
Where do i start? expensive to buy, expensive to maintain, expensive tyres, thirsty

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Questions & Answers

Hi, I bought Mazda CX-9 FWD couple of years ago but realising now that I should have bought AWD. Is there a kit that I can upgrade to from FWD to AWD?
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Hi Ryiu not 100% if a kit would be available try a call to Mazda , But i think the cost would not be practical i think it is a $5 upgrade from new so getting one retro fitted would hurt the wallet . all the best

Hi guys I bought a Mazda CX-9 one month ago, the gearbox is broken I took it to the mechanic. My car is in the garage of mechanic. Unfortunately I don’t know is it AWD or FWD! I asked the mechanic he didn’t know too. What can I do?
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Take it to a new mechanic. If he doesn't know this then he is not a very good mechanic.

Hi, I recently bought a 2011 Mazda CX-9 FWD with Sat-nav, ive noticed the map is really out of date (new roads, changes not pick up), any experience of updating the DVD navigation at less expensive dealer update? Thanks.
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