Mazda CX-9: Always Improving


Image via Flickr by AutoweekUSA

Image via Flickr by AutoweekUSA

Mazda started producing the CX-9 SUV in 2006. The model has gone through a few major facelifts to keep it competitive with other SUVs. For 2016, though, Mazda has completely redesigned the CX-9. If you haven’t driven one in a few years, you’ll want to test-drive this new version.

The 2016 CX-9 Has a Strong, Efficient Engine

SUVs aren’t known for their great fuel efficiency, but Mazda is trying to change that trend by giving the new CX-9 a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that gets 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

Despite this, the engine generates 227 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque.
You won’t find many SUVs that manage with that level of efficiency, especially if you aren’t willing to sacrifice the power that most drivers want from crossover vehicles.
Some potential buyers may shrug at the idea of driving a four-cylinder SUV, but they’ll change their minds once they experience the 2016 CX-9. Mazda has made the engine so that it delivers strong bursts of power while driving at low speeds. It accelerates like it has a much larger engine under the hood. You won’t even notice the smaller engine unless you try to push the CX-9 to its limits. Considering that few people will ever punish their vehicles in this way, it’s unlikely that you’ll notice any difference between the four-cylinder and the older V6.

The CX-9 Has Four Trim Levels

In 2015 CX-9 came in three trim levels. For the 2016 version, Mazda decided to add an extra option to give buyers more choices. Look for the midsize SUV in Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, and Signature trim levels.
The CX-9 Sport comes with an impressive list of standard features that includes automatic LED headlights, tri-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, and the Mazda Connect infotainment system. You can also add an optional package with heated mirrors and heated front seats.
The Touring version adds a few features that make driving safer. Some of the top features include automatic headlights, a rear cross-traffic alert system, and rear parking sensors. It also gets leather upholstery that makes it even more comfortable than the Sport model.
The Grand Touring CX-9 gets adaptive headlights, automatic wipers, lane-keep assist, and a head-up display, among other useful features. Aesthetically, the biggest changes include 20-inch wheels and an upgraded interior with nicer build materials.
The Signature trim is essentially an improved version of the Grand Touring. It gives you exterior LED accent lights, rosewood trim, and premium leather upholstery. If you’re looking for luxury, it’s the obvious choice.

The CX-9 Now Offers a Quieter Ride

Mazda has always been dedicated to building vehicles with quiet interiors. The 2016 CX-9 takes this to a new level that will help you enjoy driving, even on bumpy roads that other SUVs will find challenging. In fact, reports from the Detroit Auto Show indicate that the 2017 CX-9 will contain about 50 pounds of sound-deadening material, so it should be even quieter.
Mazda has been improving the CX-9 for a decade. The 2016 version is reliable and offers great features — and next year’s model will likely be better still!

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