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2016 Mazda CX-9 Test Drive Review

Are you in the market for a family crossover? Well, you may have had a friend or a family member suggest taking a look at the Mazda CX-9 and we’re here to tell you why you should listen. The Mazda CX-9 is an extremely popular three-row full-size crossover from the brand and has become one of the go-to vehicles in the segment while winning numerous accolades. The model originally went on sale in 2006 as a 2007 model year vehicle and continued on with minor facelifts and upgrades. Now, with the second-generation model, Mazda has totally redesigned and reengineered the crossover into one of the most luxurious in its segment.

While Mazda considers the new CX-9 an encore, we consider it a completely new evolution of an already successful model. It seems that Mazda was focused on making the new CX-9 a wonderful experience for its buyers rather than another family crossover amongst a range of options. Let’s take a closer look at the all-new 2016 Mazda CX-9.

2016 Mazda CX-9


The exterior of the Mazda CX-9 is a complete overhaul when compared to its predecessor. The overall KODO – Soul of Motion design theme of Mazda was taken up a notch to encompass a more high-end and luxury look for the CX-9.

The major exterior design highlight is the front fascia that features a giant pronounced grille and sharp lines that flow to the rear of the CX-9. On the rear-end, the new 2016 Mazda CX-9 gets completely new, slim, and sleek taillights.

Dimensions-wise, the new 2016 Mazda CX-9 is 1.2 inches shorter than its predecessor stretching a total of 199.4 inches. However, the new CX-9 sits on a wheelbase that is 2.2 inches longer at 199.4 inches, allowing for more cabin space. The overall width for the Mazda CX-9 comes in at 77.5 inches and the overall height comes in at 67.6 inches.

When compared to its competitor, the new 2016 Mazda CX-9 definitely stands out from a crowd of simply designed vehicles with its sporty yet extremely luxurious stance.

2016 Mazda CX-9


Take a seat inside the new 2016 CX-9 and you may not believe that you’re sitting in a Mazda. The model is wrapped in quality material throughout the cabin, with a very welcoming and bold interior design.

While our Signature trim level test model came with all the bells and whistles, the base Mazda CX-9 Sport comes with a long list of standard features. Those standard features include three-zone climate control, Bluetooth connectivity (phone and audio streaming), cruise control, a rearview camera, AUX and two USB ports, HD radio, and the Mazda Connect infotainment system that is housed in a 7-inch touch screen display.

Our Signature test model came fully-loaded with Nappa leather seats, genuine Rosewood interior trim, a moonroof, rain-sensing wipers, a 12-speaker Bose sound system, navigation, power seats, power liftgate, an 8-inches display for the Mazda Connect infotainment system, heated front seats, and much more

Interior dimensions-wise, the Mazda CX-9 offer plenty of legroom for rear seat passengers including 39.4 inches for second-row passengers and a strong 29.7 inches for the third-row passengers. Front row passengers enjoy a total of 41 inches of legroom. Cargo space comes in at 14.4 cubic feet with all the seats in user position and 71.2 cubic feet with the second and third row folded.

2016 Mazda CX-9


Power for the 2016 Mazda CX-9 comes from a 2.0 liter SKYACTIV four-cylinder turbo engine that produces a total of 250 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission that allows for an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 22/28 mpg* (city/highway) for the front-wheel drive model and 21/27 mpg* for the all-wheel-drive model.

While you may think that a four-cylinder engine may not be potent enough for a vehicle that weighs over 4,000 pounds, you’d be quite surprised once you drive the new CX-9. Acceleration is quite smooth and quick, especially when you pop it into Sport mode. 0 to 60 mph for the Mazda CX-9 comes in just 7.2 seconds with a top speed of 133 mph. Surprisingly enough, the Mazda CX-9 is also capable of towing up to 3,500 pounds.

2016 Mazda CX-9


While there is a long list of standard safety features, the Mazda CX-9 can also be had with adaptive front headlights, rain-sensing wipers, high-beam control, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, brake support, rear backup sensors, adaptive cruise control, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, and much more.


If you’re in the market for a large family crossover, do yourself a favor and make sure you at least experience what the Mazda CX-9 has to offer because you’re pretty sure you won’t be disappointed. Prices for the 2016 Mazda CX-9 start at just $31,520** for the base Sport front-wheel drive model and top out at $44,015** for the Signature model. Visit your local AutoNation Mazda dealer for a test drive.

*Fuel economy values (mpg) are EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.

**Vehicle MSRP excludes taxes, title, transportation, options, and dealer fees.

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