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Certified Pre-Owned Deal: Mazda CX-9

Buying a new car or truck is one of the largest expenses one can typically incur, and it is our mission at Autotrader to help you make the most informed choices. But if you don’t absolutely need the current model, we would like to recommend a CPO purchase. Certified pre-owned (CPO) cars or trucks are typically only a few years old, yet they often cost many thousands less than a brand-new car while still having nearly all of the same features. On top of that, CPO vehicles undergo thorough inspections and are then given additional warranty protection and other goodies.

Let’s turn our attention to the handsome 7-passenger SUV, the 2018 Mazda CX-9. The 2018 CX-9 Grand Touring Sport costs about $10,000 less than when it was new, which is roughly $800 more than you’d pay if you bought a non-certified model. However, given Mazda’s detailed and comprehensive inspection and repair program, added warranty coverage, and 24-hour roadside assistance, we think that’s money well spent.

Here’s some more information on the Mazda Certified Pre-Owned program.

Mazda’s Certified Pre-Owned Program

Mazda CPO vehicles must:

  • Be no more than 6 years old.
  • Have a spotless vehicle history report.
  • Have no more than 80,000 miles on the odometer.
  • Undergo a 164-point inspection and repair by trained Mazda mechanics.

Mazda CPO benefits include:

  • Additional 1-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty.
  • 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty from original sale date.
  • 24-hour roadside assistance.

2018 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring Sport

2018 Mazda CX-9 front three-quarter image

Original MSRP: $43,210.

Target CPO Purchase Price: About $33,890 for average condition and mileage.

CPO Price Premium vs. Non-Certified Used: About $800.

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About the 2018 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring Sport

If you find yourself needing more space to transport a growing family but you’re not quite ready to give up driving fun, the 2018 Mazda CX-9 might just be right for you. It’s handsome, feels luxurious inside, and its turbocharged 4-cylinder makes plenty of power to keep it moving. The CX-9 feels light and agile on its feet, with responsive steering and a well-tuned suspension. Inside, three rows of seats provide space for seven passengers, although those in the back row should best be children, as that row is a bit tight.

A handsome and sporty-looking interior gives way to an interior that’s comfortable, elegant, and luxurious. Even the base model has 3-zone climate control, 7-inch color touchscreen, blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, and rearview camera. Upper trims add leather seating, heated and powered front seats, and more safety features.

What’s Best About the 2018 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring Sport?

The 2018 Mazda CX-9 is available in four trim levels, and we think the sweet spot is the third, the Grand Touring. The top two trims, the Grand Touring Sport and Signature both save about $10,000 off their original price and have a lot of desirable equipment. The standard layout of the CX-9 is front-wheel drive but look for all-wheel drive for added stability and foul-weather traction. Also, the Grand Touring trim has leather seating and an 8-inch touchscreen but adds navigation, 12-speaker Bose premium audio system, moonroof, radar cruise control, back-up sensors, and lane-keeping assist.

If you’re willing to pay an extra $2,000, the top Signature trim adds Nappa leather and rosewood accents for a more premium look.

Is the 2018 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring Sport Safe?

Every 2018 Mazda CX-9 offers an impressive amount of safety technology, including child door locks, stability control, and driver, passenger, front head curtain, and front side airbags. Also standard are blind-spot alert and lane-departure warning system. Upper trims add rear cross-traffic alert, rearview camera, and Smart City Brake Support. The Grand Touring includes backup sensors, radar cruise control, and lane-keeping assist. The IIHS named the 2018 CX-9 a Top Safety Pick, with the crossover also earning the top NHTSA rating as well.

NHTSA Safety Rating: 5 Stars.

Doug Lloyd
Doug Lloyd is an author specializing in comparison tests. A veteran of the automotive press world, Doug started at Sports Car International and Vintage Motorsport magazines and has worked at both Porsche Panorama magazine and Edmunds.com. Doug is also a jazz piano player and a composer for television.

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