Mazda CX-9 Crossover: Better Interior, Smoother And Quieter Drive

Aug 22, 2016 08:46 PM EDT

The 2016 model year for the Mazda CX-9 is certainly an interesting one, as the Mazda CX-9 crossover does oblige the adage, “if looks could kill.” How does it do so? For starters, it will see a lush interior occupy the higher end models, while those who decide to bring one home to their garage should be able to experience a smoother and quieter drive compared to its predecessor.

Mazda’s now classic “Zoom Zoom” catchphrase is spot on, when it comes to the careful balance between its sporty appeal as well as family-friendly capabilities. So far, Mazda has steadily built up its reputation in terms of delivering a sporty offering be it from the SUV class or the Mazda 6 sedan range. However, the midsize, three-row crossovers segment seems to have forgotten all about sportiness, and Mazda intends to reverse that thought with the all new Mazda CX-9 crossover.

Being different from the second-generation Mazda CX-9 that carries a V6 engine, the Mazda CX-9 crossover will sport a 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder turbo that has been rated at 227 horsepower with regular gas, and it can crank up 250 ponies with premium. The Mazda CX-9 crossover will have maximum torque at 310 pound-feet, which should be more than adequate when it comes to churning out fast acceleration as and when required. If you are ever going to tow anything with the Mazda CX-9 crossover, do bear in mind that its towing capability will be limited to 3,500 pounds.

It would be extremely wise not to denigrate the 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder turbo that is at the heart of the Mazda CX-9 Crossover, especially when you take into consideration how it is capable of delivering 25 miles per gallon on front-wheel drive models in combined city and highway driving. The V6 version in the second generation Mazda CX-9 could only manage a mere 19 miles per gallon in similar driving conditions, so your wallet will certainly be better off in the long run if you decide to bring this puppy home.

Aesthetically speaking, the Mazda CX-9 Crossover does retain a certain sporty charm where midsize crossovers are concerned, thanks to its long hood that sweeps over large wheels. There is also a short rear overhang which helps to deliver an open field of view.

In terms of pricing, the base Sport model of the Mazda CX-9 Crossover will cost $32,420, while the high end Signature model will start from $44,915. The latter will come with a slew of features not to be trifled with, including standard all-wheel drive, soft leather seats, rosewood trim for that luxurious touch, side sunshades to prevent a tan during those scorching days, a power moonroof and tailgate, Bose audio, 3-zone climate control, blind-spot, lane-departure, advance cruise and backup systems, and a couple of USB connections at the back to assist in charging up various devices while on the move without getting into an argument as to whose turn is it to hog the front charger.

You will also find Mazda’s Connect infotainment unit that arrives in either a 7” or 8” touchscreen. The first two rows of seats on the Mazda CX-9 Crossover are fine for adults, but the third row is not a viable option for full grown men and ladies unless it is for a very short ride, as that third row is best used to tow children and your luggage.