Automakers would do well to introduce a facelift or an upgrade to an existing model from time to time, and this pace of innovation is ideal to ensure that consumers continue to receive cutting-edge technology from behind the wheel with each generation. The SUV market is one that has made a marked return thanks to low gas prices. Hence, it is not surprising to see interest in this niche pick up once again, as large sized SUVs are back in vogue. Mazda intends to make a mark for itself with the all-new 2016 Mazda CX-9, which is the Japanese firm's largest SUV model with the smaller CX-7 and CX-5 catering to different needs and budgets.
At first glance, you will most probably notice that the Mazda CX-9 is bolder up front, but we all know that looks are not the only thing that would help make a driver drop some serious coin for a new ride. After all, this is not a fashion show. Couple the bold styling with a new engine and superb handling, and this seven-passenger SUV is certainly one ride that sends a very strong, independent statement to the rest of the crowd.
The all-new 2016 Mazda CX-9 will no longer run on the gas-hungry V-6 of its predecessor, as this spanking new turbocharged four-cylinder engine will be able to deliver an impressive fuel economy rating -- so much so that the federal government has pegged it as high as 22 mpg in city driving, while cruising down the highway would see it achieve 28 mpg. Such ratings are for a two-wheel drive 2016 CX-9, and if you decide to splurge on a four-wheel drive CX-9, then be prepared to lose a single mpg from the ratings at 21 mpg and 27 mpg for city and highway driving, respectively.
I am quite sure that you might have raised an eyebrow or two at such ratings, since they are able to go up against those of smaller sized SUVs. In other words, this is the most fuel-efficient 2016 SUV with three rows of seats from Mazda.
The good news for petrolheads who are interested in the Mazda CX-9 does not stop -- despite the inclusion of turbo, drivers do not have to resort to pumping in premium gasoline. One will be able to make do with lower-priced regular unleaded gas, and each press on the pedal results in 227 horsepower and up to 310 foot-pounds of torque starting at 2,000 rpm.
Since you are going to ferry up to three rows of passengers with the Mazda CX-9, safety should be a priority. Mazda does not skimp on this, where the 2016 CX-9 received an overall four out of five stars for occupant crash protection from the federal government, while side crash protection has been rated at five out of five stars as well.
Its main competitors would be the 2016 Honda Pilot and the 2016 Ford Explorer, where these two will boast of large V-6 engines under the hood, so you know which model you should be gunning for if fuel economy and more disposable income at the end of the month wins your vote.
.The Mazda CX-9 is also the company's most expensive ride, with a recommended retail price of $32,420 for a front-wheel drive which will include destination charge. If budget is your concern, then the most affordable retail price which will include destination charge would be $34,220 for the 2016 CX-9 with all-wheel drive.