Towing with your CX-9

Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring 2016
Best brakes how? Take a look at the EBC web site, pick a type of brake pad that sounds good to you, and look at the spider diagram. Not all manufacturers have this information available. shows several pad models and brands with their evaluations. I have had performance pads with great hot bite and poor cold bite--really had to press hard when cold. I won't get those again. Will it need rotors? If they aren't significantly grooved, try sandpapering the glaze off and wash with brake cleaner. About brands...Centric gets good reviews. For performance I've had success with Powerstop and EBC. There are other excellent brands out there. Grooved rotors seem to work better than drilled rotors if you think that added performance is useful. I had grooved rotors on my trailer-towing Tundra with good results.

I went through the EBC pad choice procedure. They recommend either of these
EBC medium dust fast street pad with 15% brake improvement
Capable of repeated heavy brake use without brake *Fall-Off*
Very minimal disc/rotor damage characteristics
Superb material for lighter model Asian and European sport compacts
Features red *brake in* surface coating for instant safe braking after install

Superb daily driver R90 type approved pad.
Features red *brake in* surface coating for instant safe braking after install.
New 100 % ECO friendly material with ZERO sulphides.
No shims for noise reduction needed.
More bite from cold.
Works in hot and dry climates as well as in cold.

I'd get the Ultimax2 for my driving. Look at the other fine brands as well.
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I just bought a 2019. Sold my 2014 VOLVO. BEST SETS IN THE WORLD WILL ME THAT. What hitch did you get and harness. I too have a board and jet skis
Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring 2016
There are two aftermarket hitch receivers I know of, Curt and Cequent (DrawTite, Uhaul, Reese labels). Either works fine. I don't know who makes the Mazda-labeled receiver...probably one of these.

Is there any difference in the harnesses? My Cequent harness is fine. The hardest part is figuring how to get behind the interior trim panels to reach the plug Mazda provided.
2018 GT
I bought the wiring harness from mazda and a hitch online. Was very easy to install both, you do not need to take apart the side of the car like the mazda directions direct you to do. Will be so much easier the 2nd time around if I end up replacing my wrecked cx9 with the same. It towed my Jet skis like they were not even behind the car.
Im seeing a lot of rear end sag in some of these pics, albeit those are with heavier loads. Sounds like it drives and pulls not problem, but that sag concerns me. My old volvo had nivotmat rear self leveling shocks, sound like the new telluride has rear self leveling. Anyone notice any negatives to this rear sag or do anything to combat it?
Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring 2016


2018.5 CX-9 AWD GT
I had U-haul install their hitch ( which us made by Curt I believe) and the receiver was so far under the bumper ( looks clean) but I needed to get an extended ball mount to clear the rear end properly. I