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The new cx9's are gorgeous! It's definitely in my future. I think the only other suv more gorgeous than that is the xc90. Hopefully Mazda gets it together.
 

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lol taking consumereports as gospel? those guys have bought and sold by big companies, they always love to hate on American cars and have bias towards Honda/Toyota because that's what their readers and most people falsely believe and buy into. Ultimately, their data is completely gathered from surveys of their reader base who self-report issues. Therein lies the problem; people don't know what their own issues are.
 

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CR lost me years ago when the Chevy Cavalier was on the recommended list when all around us were Cavaliers that were literally falling apart and had tons of quality issues even with low miles. I do my own research by going to forums of the car make and models and reading about what the issues were that were being experienced and of course my own personal and friends/family experiences. With cars I'm interested in as well I use carproblems.com to help identify potential major issues and fixes that might be available with drill down on what those are i.e. clutch issues with Mazda3 in the 2010 year models or the infamous transmission failure issue with the Honda Accord (and other with same) v-6 models. I've found that site helpful in doing a decent job in capturing issues that can help staying away from problematic issues. I haven't or don't see issues with current Mazda6 2.5L engine especially when coupled with the manual transmission and also with the 2016 CX-9 as of yet anyway since it's a new model.
 

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CR lost me years ago when the Chevy Cavalier was on the recommended list when all around us were Cavaliers that were literally falling apart and had tons of quality issues even with low miles. I do my own research by going to forums of the car make and models and reading about what the issues were that were being experienced and of course my own personal and friends/family experiences. With cars I'm interested in as well I use carproblems.com to help identify potential major issues and fixes that might be available with drill down on what those are i.e. clutch issues with Mazda3 in the 2010 year models or the infamous transmission failure issue with the Honda Accord (and other with same) v-6 models. I've found that site helpful in doing a decent job in capturing issues that can help staying away from problematic issues. I haven't or don't see issues with current Mazda6 2.5L engine especially when coupled with the manual transmission and also with the 2016 CX-9 as of yet anyway since it's a new model.
I had a chevy cavalier. The engine is the only good thing about that car in terms of reliability. Everything else is crap quality lol I had the cavalier for 10 years and not once it failed me, but the interior and exterior was going to shit. Nothing but regular maintenance.

As I've said before, consumer reports probably gets paid by companies, especially auto makers.
 

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My Gf's mom was looking to get the new CX9. We all went for a test drive. She said "not fast enough." She ended up with an Edge with a V6... couldn't talk her into a Mazda :( Once I start a family, I would get a CX-9, it's probably the best looking and fun to drive SUV in this range.
 

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lol taking consumereports as gospel? those guys have bought and sold by big companies, they always love to hate on American cars and have bias towards Honda/Toyota because that's what their readers and most people falsely believe and buy into. Ultimately, their data is completely gathered from surveys of their reader base who self-report issues. Therein lies the problem; people don't know what their own issues are.
I have found it useful, previous vehicles had issues with transmission and in CR it had a solid black circle.
 

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I stopped paying attention to CR when I cancelled my subscription in 2005 due to their overt bias and favored brands, and many reviews from them that just didn't wash....YMMV.
 

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Anecdote here, but I've run into a handful of people at the local Mazda stealer with CX-9s being checked in with odd and expensive repair items.

Just because one part of a maker's line is good doesn't mean they all are. Notably, however, all so far have been engines BEFORE the new Sky-Turbo.

Then again I don't spend much time there -- I go to buy oil filters once a year or thereabouts, so..... YMMV.
 

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Anecdote here, but I've run into a handful of people at the local Mazda stealer with CX-9s being checked in with odd and expensive repair items.

Just because one part of a maker's line is good doesn't mean they all are. Notably, however, all so far have been engines BEFORE the new Sky-Turbo.

Then again I don't spend much time there -- I go to buy oil filters once a year or thereabouts, so..... YMMV.
My wife had a 2014 CX-9 that I did not like. A few months in the transfer case "exploded" spewing gear oil and bits of metal all over the place. Fixed under warranty but it smelled for months. All kinds of rattling when the AC was on. Poor interior design, a pig on gas, handling was very truck-like. I thought it was very much NOT like the rest of the Mazda lineup. We had driven a CX-5 at the time and I liked that a lot better, but she wanted the third row. I assume Mazda got it's stuff together with the latest CX-9, but that previous generation? Well, now my wife drives an Outback.
 

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Interesting. I used to be a huge fan of CR, but these things are so opinion based. Buy what you like with a reasonable track record.


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My wife had a 2014 CX-9 that I did not like. A few months in the transfer case "exploded" spewing gear oil and bits of metal all over the place. Fixed under warranty but it smelled for months. All kinds of rattling when the AC was on. Poor interior design, a pig on gas, handling was very truck-like. I thought it was very much NOT like the rest of the Mazda lineup. We had driven a CX-5 at the time and I liked that a lot better, but she wanted the third row. I assume Mazda got it's stuff together with the latest CX-9, but that previous generation? Well, now my wife drives an Outback.
FYI the 2014 CX9 is essentially a 7 year old design. So for its day it was competitive. But now its defintely showing its age. The interior design was before Mazda took back control from Ford. The 2007 to 2015 CX9 is based on the Ford Edge Platform of the time, so no comparison with Skyactiv designs. Our 2010 CX9 has been a very reliable family car for 8 years despite having to replace the Ford-sourced transfer case 3 times under warranty. Mazda actually extended the warranty to 120K miles because of the shit transer case. Other than that car has been great. 2016 CX9 is an entirely different animal. Fwiw

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