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in 2009 Affordable Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $13,951 - $16,058
Original MSRP: $29,820 - $35,205
MPG: 16 City / 22 Hwy
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Used Car: 2009 Mazda CX-9 Review

Review Last Updated: 12/28/12

Test drivers noted that the Mazda CX-9 is a great crossover for shoppers who still want some sportiness in their family SUV. However, some 2009 midsize SUVs are a bit roomier, have higher safety and reliability scores and get better fuel economy.

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When it was new, reviewers said the 2009 Mazda CX-9 was one of the best-handling three-row SUVs money can buy, thanks to its composed ride and great steering. All models of the CX-9 come with a 3.7-liter V6 engine that makes 273 horsepower, and front-wheel drive is standard, though all-wheel drive is available. Starting at 16/22 mpg city/highway in front-wheel drive models, the CX-9’s fuel economy ratings aren’t great compared with other crossovers. Its safety and reliability ratings also aren’t competitive with top rivals.

Though the CX-9 has an especially refined, comfortable interior, other crossovers offer a roomier back seat and more cargo space. The CX-9 comes standard with more features than many of its competitors, including a six-speaker stereo system, a leather-wrapped tilt and telescoping steering wheel and Bluetooth phone connectivity. Top-of-the-line Grand Touring trims have features like push-button start, a blind spot warning system and heated, power-adjustable front seats.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you need three rows of seats and are willing to give up some performance, take a look at the 2009 Honda Pilot. Shoppers who think the Mazda CX-9’s sporty suspension is too stiff and jarring will love the Honda Pilot, which offers some of the most car-like performance in its class. The Pilot’s interior isn’t as upscale as the Mazda’s, but test drivers said it was well-made. The Pilot also gets much better safety scores.

Though the highly-ranked 2009 Toyota Highlander is about as far from sporty as you can get, reviewers said it has a smooth, comfortable ride and is particularly roomy for its class. The Highlander is available with a four-cylinder engine that gets stellar fuel economy for an SUV, and if you want to match the CX-9’s power, a V6 engine is also available. Regardless of which engine you choose, the Highlander will offer better fuel economy than the Mazda CX-9. The Highlander also boasts excellent safety and reliability scores.

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