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The 2017 Mazda CX-9 Is Pretty Much Headache-Free

After years of being overlooked, the Mazda CX-9 is finally getting the credit it deserves in the midsize SUV class. The CX–9 stands out for its sporty performance and its sleek style. What also makes this Mazda a winner is its solid reliability history. If you’re interested in shopping used options, you’ll see that the 2017 CX-9 is worth a look.

2017 Mazda CX-9 performance 

2016 Mazda CX-9 is on display at the 108th Annual Chicago Auto Show
The Mazda CX-9 | Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

When It was new, critics recognized the 2017 CX-9 for its quick acceleration and notable fuel economy. This Mazda gets its power from a 227-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, and a six-speed automatic transmission. Reviewers like Consumer Reports consider the CX-9 as an excellent alternative to gentler rides like the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot.

The 2017 CX-9’s four-cylinder provides enough power for everyday driving, but as CR notes, it’s not as refined as its rivals with V6 engines. On a brighter note, CR says that CX-9’s real-world fuel economy is 22 mpg overall. That’s pretty good for the class. Additionally, the CX-9 impresses with its ride comfort.

“Composed and relaxed best describe the CX-9’s ride. The suspension does an admirable job of swallowing any type of pavement imperfection and keeps body motions to a minimum. Even with the 20-inch wheels and tires that come on high-end versions, there’s only a slight compromise to comfort. “

Consumer Reports (2017)

2017 CX-9 interior 

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The CX-9 can seat up to seven people and is standard with cloth upholstery. This SUV offers generous space in each of its three-rows, but it’s not the roomiest choice in the midsize SUV class. The available cargo room is slightly below- average, though. 

Critics and buyers especially like that the CX-9 becomes more luxury-focused on the higher trim levels. The upper-level trims will have amenities, including leather upholstery and heated front seats. This 2017 model offers some desirable in-car tech too.Standard 2017 CX-9s will have connectivity features, including a 7-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, and Bluetooth.

Upgraded versions will be available with a larger touchscreen display and a Bose sound system. Additionally, you can also shop for models with advanced safety equipment such as automatic emergency braking and a forward-collision warning. Some drawbacks here to consider is that the CX-9’s touchscreen displays aren’t the most user-friendly. Furthermore, Mazda didn’t make Apple CarPlay and Android initially available on this model. 

What kind of problems do owners have?

A Mazda CX-9 being repaired
A Mazda CX-9 in the repair shop | Yuri SmityukTASS via Getty Images

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What makes the 2017 CX-9 even more attractive is its predicted reliability. CR gave the 2017 CX-9 a four out of five for dependability. There are no significant problems associated with this model based on information from the NHTSA. The CX-9 has low ownership costs too.

According to CR, 68 percent of 2017 CX-9 owners would repurchase the SUV. CX-9 owners are most happy with their SUV’s style and driving experience. Owners also expressed satisfaction with CX-9’s comfort levels, available amenities, and overall value. The average price for a 2017 CX-9 falls between $20,350 – $28,175.