As usual, Mazda really went in its own direction with the CX-9 and if you’re shopping for replacement tires, you’re about to find out how that applies here.
The CX-9 is certainly handsome for a family hauler and unlike essentially all rivals it adds some driving joy to the mix. To achieve this Mazda’s tire specs are unique and as a result, there aren’t a lot of options for replacement tires.
If you’re more of a glass-half-full person, think of it this way: the limited selection really makes shopping for tires easy!
Mazda CX-9 Tire Size
Below are the two sizes of tires the Mazda CX-9 comes equipped with from the factory.
Best Mazda CX-9 Tire
Yokohama Geolandar HT G056
It’s not often that we recommend buying a tire that doesn’t come with a tread life warranty, so we’re definitely making an exception here. The reasons are many.
For starters, this is essentially the same tire that comes on the fire from the factory, that model being called the Geolandar G056B. So you could buy that tire, but it costs roughly 30 percent more for no real reason.
The Geolandar HT G056 is a highway terrain tire, meaning it’s versatile enough to be used for some light off-roading, while it’s primary focus is on offering refined on-road driving dynamics, comfort, a low noise level and a long lasting ride. This particular tire favors performance over long life, so expect to get 60,000 to 65,000 miles out of a set.
It really is ideal for the driving dynamics of a Mazda and boasts fantastic dry grip, although wet weather grip is just ok.
Best Mazda CX-9 Tire (alternative)
Hankook Dynapro HP2 RA33
If the Yokohama’s lack a tread life warranty has you concerned, here’s our runner-up choice for best Mazda CX-9 tire. The Hankook Dynapro HP2 RA33 will ease your concerns with a 65,000 mile tread life warranty. That’s not amazing for tires overall, but it’s as good as you’ll get for the CX-9’s limited selection.
This all-season tire matches the Yokohama’s dry and wet weather performance. It does, however, lack that tire’s light off-roading capability. Then again, that might not be much concern to you.
It also costs about 15% less per tire, making it an attractive option.
Cheapest Mazda CX-9 Tire
Kumho Road Venture APT KL51
A unique fitment, the budget brands just don’t offer a tire for the CX-9. As a result, the cheapest option isn’t all that cheap. On the flip side, that means it’s also not that bad. It even comes with a 60,000 mile tread life warranty.
The Kumho Road Venture APT KL51 costs about 20% less than the more expensive tires on this list and doesn’t give up much in exchange. The center tread rib makes for a stable and responsive highway ride, while large shoulder blocks hold up well under hard cornering.
Overall, this is an impressive tire for the money.
Best Winter Tire for Mazda CX-9
Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2
Incredibly competent on cold or icy roads, where the Blizzak DM-V2 really impresses is in deep snow and on snow packed roads. It’s ultra wide center section gives it amazing stability to help you stay planted, while the multi-directional sipes gives grip under acceleration, braking and cornering. Even the shoulder treads have sipes on their edges, giving the tire amazing handling capability on snowy roads as well. No winter tire gives you confidence in snow like a Blizzak.
Best Affordable Winter Tire for Mazda CX-9
Yokohama Iceguard G075
Solid winter performance at a great price point. Yes, there are more capable winter tires depending on your needs and budget, but the Yokohama Iceguard G075 does a fantastic job at a very reasonable price. Using a unique pattern of seven tread rows this allows for extra biting edges in the snow and excellent stability and responsiveness when driving on snow covered roads.
The tread compound resists freezing at lower temperatures and offering excellent grip on clear roads, even when they ice over.
Additional tires for the Mazda CX-9