The Mazda CX-9 is a full-size crossover SUV, also described as a "modern station wagon, built by Mazda. It replaced the Mazda MPV minivan for North America. The CX-9 was unveiled on April 13, 2006 at the New York International Auto Show and went on sale in February 2007.
The CX-9 is built on the Ford CD3 Platform and is a front-wheel drive vehicle with an optional All-wheel drive system in the Grand Touring Model. Although it is similar in appearance to the smaller Mazda CX-7, the CX-9 shares little of that vehicle's platform components.
The CX-9 is manufactured at Mazda's Ujina 1 plant in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan.
The 2007 CX-9 was the first Mazda to use the 3.5 litre Cyclone V6
. Standard safety equipment includes Dynamic Stability Control
, traction control
, Roll Stability Control, front side impact airbags
and three row side curtain airbags. The CX-9 offers options such as DVD navigation system
, handsfree Bluetooth
phone link, backup camera
, rear entertainment system with Bose
5.1 surround sound.
For the 2008 model year, Mazda increased engine displacement to 3.7 litres. Mazda states that the new engine generates 204 kilowatts (273 hp) and 366 newton metres (270 ft·lbf) of torque. The engine went into production in June 2007 at Mazda’s engine plant in Japan. The 2008 CX-9 uses an Aisin
F21++ six-speed automatic transmission
with a console-mounted shifter in a complex gate. Mazda also introduced a Blind Spot Monitoring System, and a Rearview Mirror mounted Backup Camera System. Also added Collision avoidance/blind spot warning detector.
The 2008 CX-9 won the prestegious Motor Trend SUV of the Year award, beating out such competitors as the Buick Enclave and Nissan Rogue.
The 2008 Mazda CX-9 then won the North American Truck of the Year award at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2008. The CX-9's sister vehicle, the Mazda CX-7, came in second in the balloting for this award the prior year.