We talk a great game. After endlessly professing our love for Chevy Corvette, Porsche Cayman and Mazda MX-5 Miata, more often than not, when the time to choose a vehicle for a weekend trip comes, we chose something practical. Practice is three lines. It is practical on all wheels. Practice is calm. practical and hiking. Practice does not make us look as if we are suffering a midlife crisis. And practical expelled. In our long-term fleet, vehicles that accumulate 40,000 miles minivans and SUVs faster are always three lines. As much as I love driving sports cars are unable to take the family or the amount of things.
Thus, the Mazda CX-9 is practical, but not all travel Costco and Home Depot and Disney way. The CX-9 looks like something Karl Lagerfeld would use to run errands in any version of a short Sabbath could be.
The wholesale remake, the new CX-9 raises design idioms of Mazda CX-5 itself, but also lends some suggestions Infiniti QX70 denomination (the SUV formerly known as FX). The big Mazda, especially its optional 20-inch wheels, it looks very stylish to wear a distinctive design. Some of the things that Mazda seems expensive is actually moderation.
Yes, the big chrome grille jutting menacingly forward and has a LED light inside, but Mazda designers seems to have carved the clay with your hands when the CX-9 is formed, instead of cutting on it with swords. Mazda even painting looks like a breaker budget. Covered by a mask called gray finely chopped machine, the CX-9 flames. This SUV has the presence and style to compete with Acura MDX and Infiniti QX60 from.
On the second line, there is ample room for adults, since the breakup of the bank all the way back slide. However, the second legroom line comes at the expense of space in the third row. Unlike some competitors, Mazda does not offer captain’s chairs in the second row. The second row split seats fold forward to facilitate entry on the way back, but the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander, with his second walk-through line, make it easier.
The competition also outperforms the third row of two CX-9. The last line of Mazda is for children, but the pilot work Highlander and better for adults, and every theory can contain three. There is a 14-foot cargo cubic in Mazda, and tilting the third row increases to 38 cubic feet. With two rows folded flat for 71 cubic feet of space, but Mazda is the small end of the three line spectrum. In addition, it will execute the double up as folding power seats are not available.
According to Mazda, using a four instead of the old 3.7 liters V-6 saves 132 pounds. front wheel drive models weighs 4054, a loss of 269 pounds. We measure 4336 for our all-wheel drive CX-9 Signature, 223 pounds less than the old CX-9. It is lighter between 200 and 700 pounds most three rows class, but the pilot, Hyundai Santa Fe and Sorento even a few pounds lighter.
The small motor and mass reduction helps to increase the EPA fuel economy of 16 city / 22 mpg highway last year (AWD) and 17/24 (front wheel drive) 21/27 and 22/28, respectively. These numbers are good enough to take the CX-9 to the head of the class; the GMC Acadia, the new provision naturally aspirated 194 hp 2.5-liter four and all-wheel approaches the 21/25 mpg.
For the security conscious, Mazda offers a full cache memory controller assistance systems, including monitoring blind spot, radar cruise control and lane departure warning and correction. Only Model Grand Touring obtain the active cruise control and radar signature that allows the collision warning system. If the vehicle detects an imminent collision, will step on the brake. It is very sensitive. Three times in as many days, the system considers that an accident was underway when there was no danger.
We were surprised by slamming the brakes twice while the gradual slowdown behind a line of cars at a red light, and again when changing DART band around a slower car. The system can be switched off and sensitivity can be adjusted (on both occasions when the system has intervened, set in its least sensitive setting), but is automatically reactivated each time the engine starts. The overactive system is totally incompatible with the Gospel centered Mazda driver.
Collision facing side warning system, the new CX-9 is the most attractive vehicle in its class, demonstrating that practicality does not always mean giving up the handling and style. What it lacks in space in the third row, it makes up for in refinement and dynamic. A CX-9 base starts at US $ 32.420; add to the four wheels of $ 1,800. Even at full load of US $ 45,215 as our test car was, the CX-9 is still a great value in a world where an elite pilot costs US $ 47,470 and Platinum Explorer cost US $ 53,915. You can not have the acceleration or space in the third row of the two, but what is more practical than saving money?