Introduced in 2007, updated in 2010 and 2013-again, the Mazda CX-9 is one of the crossovers of three rows some that are actually fun to drive. Also called Mazda CX-9 “elder statesman” of their training and shows his age now that his replacement is scheduled to appear on the show car in Los Angeles this fall.
Although too old to reflect the most recent Mazda Skyactiv approach, the CX-9 is lighter than most of the competitors and still enjoys the advantage of a rigid structure. It is even greater in the interior, you could imagine seeing your way angle windshield carlike.
Makes its 3.7 liters of 273 horsepower V-6, through an automatic transmission six-speed to the front or all four wheels. Sales fell to close to 18500 units last year. The peak of 2011 more than 34000 was anomalous, in most years, about 25000 buyers have found the right combination of dynamic utility CX-9 and mojo.
A player’s niche in the segment seven-seat SUV minivan does the United Nations, including the Ford Explorer, Dodge Durango, Highlander Toyota and Honda Pilot (eight seats). In comparison, the CX-9 won all but the pilot and still Harbor memories of a model of 2008 for a long term of 40000 miles test.
A new leisure package optional accessories (including roof rails and crossbars, network load and stainless steel rear bumper set) appeared in our testing here machine to 2015, a higher specification, Grand Touring all-wheel-drive model. The new package is $650, but that gets discounts free if you get the GT technology package $2435, which brings the touch navigation, a sound system Bose of 10 and a power moonroof.
Recreational real users would also opt for the tow Prep package (optional for Grand Touring FWD, standard on all AWD models), which increases the ability to tow 3500 pounds 2000 pounds standards and includes a heavy duty transmission cooler, fan magazine and a remapped ECU for engine cooling.
It also requires a receiver hitch ($425), which is not in our test car, maybe because it would have pushed it the price at $40000. Otherwise, the remains of the CX-9 from our track test of 2013 when the style was modified to replace the face of “smile” in 2010 with the last design Kodo language.
The numbers, the CX-9 is a competitive player, but is really subjective elements of sensation, response handling, brake feel and a general feeling of agility that apart from the address. The changes six-speed automatic transmission crisply and seeing the gauge cluster always tells you that March coupled, even if you don’t use the manual mode. The rear doors open wide for easy access to the third row sliding second-row seats and cozy.
The 5.8-inch touch screen seems small by modern standards and technology of safety in the cockpit offers and was already a half-step back in 2013. Inside this model of top-level remains fine but the design reflects its age. in the Grand Touring model 20-inch wheels prevent ride comfort without a significant improvement in performance.