2016-2017 Mazda CX-9 vs 2013-2015: 2nd vs 1st generation differences

The first- and second-generation Mazda CX-9 crossovers are both big, 7-seat cars. See the differences in this side-by-side photo comparison.

2016 Mazda CX-92nd gen
TB Mazda CX-9 2013 facelift - front, profile1st gen F/L
The first-generation facelift gave us a pretty good idea of what to expect with the second-generation CX-9. The latest CX-9 has a smoother body, slimmer lights, and a bolder grille.
2016 Mazda CX-9 - side2nd gen
TB Mazda CX-9 2013 facelift - side, action1st gen F/L
Both the first- and second-generation CX-9s are big cars, measuring just over 5 metres (196.9 inches) long.
2016 Mazda CX-9 - rear2nd gen
TB Mazda CX-9 2013 facelift - rear, profile1st gen F/L
Under the skin, the second-generation CX-9 ditches the old Mazda G platform, also used by Ford in its Fusion sedan, amongst others. It's replaced by the biggest variant yet of the SkyActiv platform, which is around 180kg (400 lb) lighter too.
2016 Mazda CX-9 - interior, dashboard, tan leather2nd gen
TB Mazda CX-9 2013 facelift - interior1st gen F/L
The dashboard and general interior ambience of the second-generation CX-9 is light years ahead of the original car.
2016 Mazda CX-9 - tablet screen2nd gen
TB Mazda CX-9 2013 facelift1st gen F/L
Also much improved is the infotainment system, which is the latest Mazda Connect system with a rotary controller, and tablet-style touchscreen.
2016 Mazda CX-9 - seat layout2nd gen
TB Mazda CX-9 2013 facelift1st gen F/L
Both generations can seat up to seven people across three rows.
2016 Mazda CX-9 - nose2nd gen
TB Mazda CX-9 2013 facelift - 3.7-liter V61st gen F/L
The first-generation CX-9 was powered by Ford-sourced V6 engines, initially a 3.5-litre, and later a 3.7-litre. The second-generation CX-9 has a 2.5-litre turbo four-cylinder with 186kW (250hp).

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