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2017 Mazda CX-9

2017 Mazda CX-9
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  • Mazda CX-9
  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
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  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    250
  • Torque @ RPM:
    310
  • Displacement:
    2.5 L
  • 0-60 time:
    7 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    130 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    30000 (Est.)
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Launched for the 2006 model year, the Mazda CX-9 has soldiered on relatively unchanged until now. The facelifts that Mazda rolled out in 2010 and 2013 brought only minor changes that included new front grilles, updated headlamps, and restyled bumpers. In 2008, Mazda ditched the 3.5-liter V-6 in favor of a 3.7-liter unit, but the larger engine, the only survivor of the brand’s partnership with Ford, has remained unchanged to this day. All told, the current CX-9 is long in the tooth and is long overdue for an overhaul. Fortunately, the much needed redesign has arrived at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show and will hit dealerships for the 2017 model year.

Previewed by the Mazda Koeru concept, the second-generation CX-9 received the company’s Kodo design language and a high-quality interior with premium materials. The engine under the SUV’s long hood is also new. Horsepower is down compared to the previous model, but the new SkyActiv unit pumps significantly more torque to the wheels and returns better fuel economy.

Mazda says that the new CX-9 represents a "capstone for the new generation of Mazda cars and crossovers and a high-end model indicating what is to come." We’ll find out whether that’s true or not in the second quarter of 2016, when the SUV is scheduled to hit dealerships. U.S. sales will commence this spring. In the meantime, be sure to check the review below for all the important details about the new CX-9.

Updated 03/17/2016: Mazda announced prices for the new CX-9 SUV which will be put on sale at dealerships nationwide in late-spring 2016. When compared to the previous model, the new CX-9 is $1,535 more expensive. Check out the "Prices" section to learn more about how much you’ll have to pay for the new SUV.

Continue reading for my speculative review of the 2016 Mazda CX-9.

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2017 Mazda CX-9 – Driven

2017 Mazda CX-9 – Driven

When you want to ‘Zoom Zoom’ but have to haul the family

The Mazda CX-9 has been around for a decade now, having debuted for the 2007 model year. It established itself as a fun-to-drive three-row crossover with a chipper attitude. A facelift in 2010 and again in 2013 kept the first generation CX-9 looking fresh, but it wasn’t until the 2016 model year that things got serious. Mazda’s previous split from Ford meant it could develop its own platform and engines for the crossover, along with reinventing its design language. The result is a stunningly gorgeous vehicle that looks far more upscale than its price tag demands.

Things have remained unchanged for the 2017 model year and its design remains fresh. I was understandably excited to hear Mazda was sending me a 2017 CX-9 to sample for a week. The idea of a beautiful three-row crossover with AWD and an efficient yet turbocharged engine was an enticing one.

The concept of building a fun-to-drive crossover isn’t new, but it’s harder than you might imagine. The taller ground clearance makes for a top-heavy ride and the extra length and seats brings added weight that eats horsepower. Mazda as worked to quell these issues in the CX-9 by removing weight and developing a suspension that could handle well. In the AWD model, 287 pounds has been removed from the first-generation model and the suspension was retuned. The CX-9 uses MacPherson struts up front with a multi-link coil spring setup.

Powering the CX-9 is Mazda’s new 2.5-liter SkyActiv four-cylinder turbo. It might make 23 horsepower less that the previous V-6, but it generates an impressive 40 pound-feet more torque. Best of all, it’s far more efficient. So how does all this work in practice? Keep reading to find out.

Continue reading for the full driven review.

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2017 Mazda CX-9

2017 Mazda CX-9

Launched for the 2006 model year, the Mazda CX-9 has soldiered on relatively unchanged until now. The facelifts that Mazda rolled out in 2010 and 2013 brought only minor changes that included new front grilles, updated headlamps, and restyled bumpers. In 2008, Mazda ditched the 3.5-liter V-6 in favor of a 3.7-liter unit, but the larger engine, the only survivor of the brand’s partnership with Ford, has remained unchanged to this day. All told, the current CX-9 is long in the tooth and is long overdue for an overhaul. Fortunately, the much needed redesign has arrived at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show and will hit dealerships for the 2017 model year.

Previewed by the Mazda Koeru concept, the second-generation CX-9 received the company’s Kodo design language and a high-quality interior with premium materials. The engine under the SUV’s long hood is also new. Horsepower is down compared to the previous model, but the new SkyActiv unit pumps significantly more torque to the wheels and returns better fuel economy.

Mazda says that the new CX-9 represents a "capstone for the new generation of Mazda cars and crossovers and a high-end model indicating what is to come." We’ll find out whether that’s true or not in the second quarter of 2016, when the SUV is scheduled to hit dealerships. U.S. sales will commence this spring. In the meantime, be sure to check the review below for all the important details about the new CX-9.

Updated 03/17/2016: Mazda announced prices for the new CX-9 SUV which will be put on sale at dealerships nationwide in late-spring 2016. When compared to the previous model, the new CX-9 is $1,535 more expensive. Check out the "Prices" section to learn more about how much you’ll have to pay for the new SUV.

Continue reading for my speculative review of the 2016 Mazda CX-9.

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2016 Mazda CX-9 Prototype Spotted Testing in California: Video

2016 Mazda CX-9 Prototype Spotted Testing in California: Video

Mazda’s “sixth-generation” lineup has resulted in some fun new products, like the 2016 Mazda CX-5, third-gen Mazda3 and the all-new 2016 Mazda CX-3, and rounding out the revamped lineup will be the 2016 Mazda CX-9. A sharp-eyed car spotter recently caught the new three-row, mid-size crossover testing along the very roads I just recently got to drive the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata on.

The video only provides a brief look at Mazda’s family friendly crossover before the videographer was spotted and the Mazda driver pulled a U-turn. Despite the camouflage and camera shake, it’s easy to see that the CX-9 will get plenty of Kodo design cues, which was completely expected. The overall shape appears to be about the same as the current CX-9, but the front end looks much better than the bullet-nosed design found on the updated (2010-2015) model.

By the time the new CX-9 hits showrooms, it will be close to 10 years old. With the new 2016 Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander leading the way, the current crop of three-row CUVs is better-looking than ever, but if Mazda’s recent introductions are any indication, the 2016 CX-9 will be a great reason for customers to consider looking at Mazda.

Mazda has yet to say when the 2016 CX-9 will debut, but the L.A. Auto Show is just a couple months away.

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2013 Mazda CX-9

2013 Mazda CX-9

The revised CX-9 follows on company’s hot streak of stylish new models like the Mazda3 and Mazda6 sedan. New LED lights and a slinky Kodo grille revamp the face of Mazda’s largest and most expensive model.

The seven-seater CX-9 carries over its previous 3.7-liter V-6 in front or AWD configurations. Paired to the crossover’s singing engine is a premium Aisin six-speed automatic with sport and manual modes. A 60 mph sprint time in the mid 7 second range shows off the CX-9’s impressive chassis design – even without the SkyActiv banner that helps build buzz around the smaller CX-5.

Refined but sporty damping helps this full-size Mazda crossover to be quite competitive in the $35,000 large crossover segment, and the new gearstick design is a classy touch.

Mazda is firmly in touch with premium buyer needs by the looks of the interior, and the CX-9’s revised cabin maintains the stylish vertical accent bars up the sides of the center stack. Touchscreen technology and rear-seat movies are offered in the plush Mazda CX-9, but what are its key advantages over the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander?

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2013 Mazda CX-9, including the features and pricing by trim level and a large photo gallery of the new styling.

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