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The 2013 Mazda CX-9 is now on sale in Australia, with the updated seven-seater benefitting from refreshed styling, a number of new driver assistance systems and sharper pricing for the popular Luxury variant.

The Mazda CX-9 Classic 2WD kicks off the range at $44,525 (up $100 over the previous model), while the mid-spec Luxury variants are $1345 cheaper (and better equipped) than the equivalent models in the old range. The price of the flagship Grand Touring has increased $2223 but now comes with advanced technologies like blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning.

The CX-9’s mid-life upgrade brings updated styling inspired by the brand’s ‘Kodo’ design language as well as a new infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity standard across the range.

The entry-level front-wheel-drive Mazda CX-9 Classic comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, front foglights, auto headlights and rain-sensing wipers, cruise control, three-zone climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearknob, cloth upholstery, 60/40 split folding second row seats and 50/50 split third row, and a six-speaker audio system with Bluetooth and USB input.

For an extra $8455, the mid-spec CX-9 Luxury adds larger 20-inch alloys, chrome door handles, heated side mirrors with tilt-down reverse function, sunroof, TomTom satellite navigation, eight-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat with memory settings and four-way electric passenger seat with heaters, and 10-speaker Bose premium sound system. Ticking the all-wheel-drive option box adds $4500 to the price.

For another $6348, the CX-9 Grand Touring AWD adds bi-xenon headlamps, LED daytime running lights, remote-operated power tailgate, keyless entry and push-button start, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, rear parking sensors, and a suite of driver assist systems including blind spot monitor, forward obstruction warning, lane departure warning and high-beam control.

The existing 204kW/367Nm 3.7-litre V6 petrol engine and six-speed automatic transmission pairing carries over into the new model, consuming 11.0 litres per 100km on the combined cycle in the 2WD variants and 11.2L/100km in the heavier AWDs.

Mazda Australia is targeting around 300 CX-9 sales per month, with the Luxury expected to account for 60 per cent, followed by the Classic at 25 per cent and the Grand Touring at 15 per cent. The old CX-9 averaged 373 sales per month between January and November this year.

CarAdvice is at the local launch of the 2013 Mazda CX-9 today. Stay tuned for our first-drive review, coming soon.


2013 Mazda CX-9 manufacturer’s list prices:

  • Classic 2WD – $44,525 (+$100)
  • Luxury 2WD – $52,980 (–$1345)
  • Luxury AWD – $57,480 (–$1345)
  • Grand Touring AWD – $63,828 (+$2223)

  • Luke Brinsmead

    Wow, almost double the fuel consumption of the CX-5. Should Mazda be giving this the Skyactiv treatment?

    • Henry Toussaint

       the CX-5 is one of my least favorite cars, If you didn’t know already….

      • Martin

        Friends of ours bought a max Diesel I think and j really don’t get the appeal. The dash looks dated and the front seats aren’t comfortable. Plus it looks awkward at most angles.

    • Zaccy16

      yep definitely of need of the skyactiv treatment, this is definitely the best 7 seat SUV in every area except fuel consumption, it drives fantastically and has top notch quality

    • Drive

      Bingo – no diesel, no sale.

  • Blair Waldorf

    Wow that new front end is hideous, it doesnt match the CX-9’s shape at all…

  • JD

    same body + new lights + new mazda style front grill + grey/blue paint = bloated whale

    • JD

       the pre facelift model looks much elegant than this one

  • F1orce

    Why did they change those elegant & classy exhuast tips to these cheap circle ones?

  • HJP

    Mazda should have kept the pre-facelift design of CX9 and incorporate new face on the all new CX9 model instead.

  • TG

    CA writes: “consuming 11.0 litres per 100km on the combined cycle in the 2WD variants and 11.2L/100km in the heavier AWDs”

    I wish we had the option to put images here. Troll face would be perfect for this above-mentioned sentence.

  • Asdfae

    Deliberately insert in the huge centre tunnel taking up space = Front driver and passenger have the space of the Mazda3’s. I’ve sat in both the CX9 and Mazda3.

    • Hung Low

      Agree, smallish seats and cramped leg room.

    • Wertjeadflg

      Pay the price and fuel consumption (real world 13L+/100km) of a large SUV. But the front driver and passenger get the space of the Mazda3. That’s the reason why I didn’t buy the CX9

  • Hung Low

    Never been an avid fan of these, if you do not need 7 seats, the Nissan Murano is more refined, nicer to drive, more comfortable and fuel efficient.

  • Gibbut

     a friend has a current cx9, and cannot get it under 18L / 100kms

    terrible economy, nice car.

    • Bryan

      I have a 2005 Tribute with the 3.0 litre V6 and it is using about 20l/100k’s which I’m not very impressed about.  In fairness it only has a four speed auto but when the claimed economy figures say “12 – 14 litres” that’s quite a discrepancy!  Mazda told me to take it in to a service centre and they will run their diagnostic computer over it incase there is a problem with the injectors or fuel pump or something; I hope they can fix it!

      P.S. Car Advice – can you please set your spell checker to Australian English instead of American English.

      • Wertjeadflg

        The Tributte’s 3.0 V6 and CX-9 3.7 V6 have the Ford US engines and transmission. Petrol’s cheap over the US. But on the upside, the Ford engines are usually simpler, less things to go wrong and they tend to last forever.

  • Karl Sass

    Is that CX9 squinting at me?

  • Sumpguard

    Soccer mums will buy it regardless! I don’t like the cx-9 or the cx-5 for that matter .This styling direction is the wrong direction imo. The 6 was once the best looking in its class. Not any more. 

        ….and I agree with Bryan that spell checking America’s version of English is bloody annoying CA.

    • Apple_r

      If I am in the market for SUV that size, I would rather spend my money on Kia Sorento Diesel Platinum than CX-9. But that is only by comparing photos and specification sheet. Sorento has similar equipment list, generous sunroof, capped price servicing at 12 month/15000km interval, longer warranty.  
      Which one is better to drive, I don’t know. May be someone had driven both, CA?

      • Zaccy16

        i have driven both and the cx9 is definitely better to drive by far but the plus of the kia is the diesel engine

  • Hazem

    Compared with Fiat Freemeont , what is the better?