Japanese manufacturer Mazda has updated its popular Mazda CX-9 for the model year 2011 with better fuel economy, improved ride quality and new wheels.

With over 12,000 buyers since it hit Australian shores in 2007, the Mazda CX-9 has proven itself as a popular model in the company’s lineup.

Powered by the same 3.7-litre V6 petrol engine (204kW -367Nm of torque) as before and driven through all-wheels thanks to a 6-speed activematic transmission, the 2011 Mazda CX-9 has reduced its fuel economy figure from 12.2 to 11.3 litres per 100km.

Mazda says fuel economy improvements were a result of work done on the model’s AWD differential gear control, engine optimisation for better combustion control (during deceleration and at idle) and reduction in transmission friction.

Depending on variant, new 18 and 20 inch alloy wheels will set the 2011 Mazda CX-9 apart. The new alloys are lighter than before and come wrapped in tyres that offer better rolling resistance (better fuel economy).

Prices for the updated CX-9 remain unchanged: For more information: Mazda CX-9.

  • Brendan

    Not sure where their fuel economy figures come from, but we can’t get below 17.2l/100km – and that’s the average since we got it. I drive around as much as possible on cruise control too.

    • Devil’s Advocate

      In most circumstances a “careful” right foot will always get better fuel economy than cruise control ever will…

    • jojo

      The cx9 was on our shortlist but was pricey and thirsty. Spoke to a few people who had them and they and complained about the poor fuel economy….didnt matter how carefully they drove them.

      The Real Worlf fuel consumption is vastly higher than the 3 minute controlled test car manufacturers perform for their claimed ADR fuel consumption.

      We ended up with a Kia Sorento which averages 8.5l/100km in the suburbs with 7.2l/100km on the open road and a hefty 436 NM of torque from its class leading turbo diesel.

      • Devil’s Advocate

        This issue effects more than just the CX9. It just highlights how much of a joke the ADR test is!

        • jojo

          It’s not isolated to the cx9….Kluger/Territory just to name a few.

      • Lazybones

        Yup ADR should be independently tested. IE fat bearded bloke from the government turns up, takes 2 cars of the same model at random, tests them, and returns with your ADR sticker.

        Allowing the manufacturers to provide the figures is a joke at best.

        • H Singh


          I tried increasing the tire pressure to 38 psi and I got better pull and mileage. The Mazda cx 9 20″ tires have maximum inflation capacity of 50 psi. The tire suppliers or manufacturer recommends 40 – 44 psi but it makes the ride too harsh. Mazda recommends 33 psi. But the ideal is 38 – 40 psi. Please check on different online forums.

  • http://ozmazda.com ozmazda

    Great work Mazda and the new rims look awesome…

  • http://www.beckerartography.com.au Scott

    Where’s the diesel?

    • xnov

      i love it

  • SSS

    Mazda will always drink. Nissan Murano would be a better SUV to drive. 10.9/100km

    • whatcarRAH

      if all u want is to save fuel why not the ix35 @ 7.5/100km?

    • Eric

      If you want sytle, comfort, power, handling and resale.

      The CX9 might be the 7seater for you.

      • The Oracle

        Different vehicles for different needs.
        If you want a 7 seater you wouldn’t (or can’t) consider an iX35 or Murano. If you want the space for 7 people and some limited luggage room you can’t consider a Craptiva or Sorento as there is no space behind at all with the third row up. If you want 7 seats and some luggage space then the choice is the CX9, Kluger or Territory. If you want a decent drive, then that eliminates the Kluger. The only options after that are the BMW X5, Audi Q7, Merc R or GL or the heavy duty 4WDs. All of which are much more expensive to buy or run.

        • The Oracle

          Also, do your research. These SUVs are all 2 tonne cars with large engines. What sort of urban fuel consumption would you expect? If you average 15L/100km urban you’re doing well. They’re not ever going to win environmental awards. Work out the cost of fuel, your annual distances and the fuel usage and see if it suits your budget. Use the most expensive figures and highest expected kilometres too, to allow for increases in petrol costs and a fudge factor of at least 10% as well.

          • http://ozmazda.com ozmazda

            The Oracle you are right on the money as these are big family SUV’s so when and if Mazda puts in a diesel you cant expect great fuel economy….from a 2tonne vehicle..

            The CX9 looks great and I have driven one around Sydney and for a large vehicle its so easy to drive and the 3.7lt V6 has plenty of punch…

        • jojo

          We checked out the CX9/Territory/Kluger & Sorento and their very similar in boot space with the rear seat up or down.

          We do actually enjoy some off road driving and Stockton beach getaways so the AWD with 50/50 lockable diff, down hill descent and gutsy turbo diesel won us over.

          Its a full size 7 seater SUV 2 tonnes and we get 8.5L/100km in the suburbs and as low as 7.2L/100km on the open road.

          We managed 950km from one tank going from Sydney to Perisher and refilled back at Canberra. Car was loaded to the hilt , plus roof pod and 150L cooler box and snow gear.Overtaking was a breeze with so much torque

          We got the mid spec SLI with full leather trim, tri zone climate control, ventilation to 2/3 row seats, AWD, Curtain bags to all 3 rows, 5 star safety, 18″ alloys, electrochromatic mirror in camera, rear led brake lights, fog lights, ful size alloy spare, TC/VDC, cruise, usb ports…etc etc for $45,500 backed by a 5 year inlimited Km warranty.

          A similar spec AWD Kluger/Territory/CX9 lists for approx $63K driveaway.

          • The Oracle

            Jojo, I assume you’re talking about a Sorento, but you don’t actually say. I’m not sure if I can agree with you about the luggage space. I checked them all at the Sydney Motor Show and while the Craptiva has no usable luggage space with the third row, my observation of the Sorento is that it doesn’t have as much as the other three.

            Obviously the diesel will use a lot less fuel, but of course the others only have petrol engines. As this blog started out about the CX-9 and mentions of its consumption, I was only considering petrol engined cars in that class. It will be interesting to see how the Territory goes with its diesel next year.
            Sounds like you’re happy with your choice. Tell me, how many did you have in the vehicle during the snow trip and did you use the third row? Reason for asking is that on some cars they can get a little cramped back there for teenagers and the seats aren’t always as well padded as the others for long trips.

          • jojo

            To The Oracle:
            Yes my prevoius post relates to our Sorento 2.2 TurboDiesel which I forgot to mention.
            We had for people on board and the 3rd row seats were down maximising space. We have had people back there which still found it reasonably comfortable with A/C vents blowing from both sides and the the 2nd row seats adjust for back angle which increases the 3rd row knee/leg room. I also found accessing the 3rd row easy as the 2nd row seats fold and tumble behind the 1st row as opposed to some other SUV in this categorgy which rely on the 2nd row seat sliding forward which limits the entry access points.

            Overall we have been really impressed by the fit/finish and clever features. The only oversight is intergrated bluetooth which is not factory fitted.

  • richard

    If you delve deeper, the URBAN fuel consumption of the CX9 is about 17L/100km (ADR figure)


    this model sounds like it needs a “sky” injection yesterday..

  • moi

    Just be thankful Ford rejected this engine for the Fowlcan.

  • gearboxdawg

    Its about time Mazda apply some fuel saving techniques that luxury marques are using such as brake regeneration, stop start technology and active electric steering.

    • Devil’s Advocate

      Mazda have had “electric” steering for some time now gearboxdawk. ie RX8 and Mazda3 since release and the 2nd gen Mazda6. Why does it have to be ‘active’ though as that wouldn’t improve economy any more? They also already have stop/start in some model Mazda3s in Europe (ie 2L sport in the UK), just not here in Australia.

  • Ezz

    We used to get about 13L/100km out of the Territory with zf 6 speed and about 14L/100km out of our current car, a Volvo XC90 (in suburban Sydney traffic). The Mazda figures seem outrageous. My drive car is an old XR8 and even that does better than the Mazda.


    • Eric

      They are reported MPG numbers.

      People will different numbers depending on how and where they drive.

      The Cx9 GT company car I have been driving is getting 12.7L/100k’s avg over 8500K’s.

      And I don’t drive like miss daisy.


    • Jack

      Our 4.0L inline six ZF 6 speed petrol Territory gets about 12.5 urban (semi urban, it’s 20km into town before driving around) and an amazing 10.5 on the highway. This compares well with the Suby SUV – stuck in the 17-22 range, urban! There’s no substitute for cubic inches, once the vehicles reach a certain weight. I’ve always liked the look of the CX9, it will be great to see both it and the Territory in diesel.

      • Devil’s Advocate

        If the 10.5L/100km on the highway for the Territory is amazing what would you call the less than 9L/100km CA got on the highway for the heavier and much more powerful and faster 4.4L V8 turbo in the BMW X5?! :-)