2010 Mazda CX-9 Touring Review – AOL On

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2010 Mazda CX-9 Touring Review

Three-row Crossovers that look screwier than the Mazda CX-9 are not hard to find. But

the real screwy look is the one you’ll have on your face. When you try to load this one

with all the digital stuff you want. Let’s take one for a run and check the tech.

Our CX-9 is in Crystal White Pearl Mica white. It presents nicely from just about every

angle, nice looking car. Even Mazda’s goofy green corporate front and end looks okay on

this one. And like any good Crossover, it mostly drives like a car. But if you want to do

up CNET style, there are both delights and frustrations. Now, the headgear on this car is

interesting because it’s an LCD. Its color is not too big. What is it, four and a half inches.

Not enough LCD even though we’ve seen in that small like in some Chrysler’s in recent

years. And in fact, you can’t even get Nav in this trim level of the vehicle. You got to go

up of the trim level to get that optional availability. But that said this is kind of a nice

little head unit.

It’s a fresh new design for Mazda. You see we have physical buttons that are on the side

that actually correlate two labels on the screen. But it’s not a touch screen. It makes you

think it is but it’s not. You’ve got to use these buttons to address these features on the

LCD. Six-disc slot changer up here that will double up audio discs, MP3 or WMA as you

see here with these labels. No iPod adopter, standard are even available. All we have is,

well, this iPod adopter and aux jack. So, it works but it’s a little behind at times. No USB

either as you can see. However, we do have A2DP stereo Bluetooth streaming and that’s

kind of advanced. So, it’s a weird nick of sources here. Some are missing that should be

and some are here that kind of delight us.

Serious issues, satellite radio choice on this guy. Again, nice read out of information and

when there’s information present like on satellite radio. With the Bluetooth streaming of

course, it’s pretty sparse because the Bluetooth spec doesn’t really do a good job at this

yet. And of course, because we have Bluetooth streaming obviously have Bluetooth

hands free. Interesting interface here that rotating motif in the middle corresponds to the

right hand knob here. Again, you feel like you want to touch it sometimes but no. You

rotate and click to enter like in this case if you want to enter a phone number.

Then we also have what’s called the Moonroof Bose package. I love when car makers put

two things that have nothing to do with each other in the one package. So, the one you

want, you got to get the other one to get it. But those are both things you want. The Bose

Audio System is a worthy upgrade here. You see the branding on the speakers there.

You’ve got ten speakers around the cabin as a result. Your tone controls are down here to

take a look at what it will let you do. You got audio pilot which is their noise reduction

technology and also center point which is their sound stage fielding technology.

One thing that disappointed me on this vehicle and I haven’t said this in a long time is the

rear view camera. Now, we do have one on this car but it shows upon that little screen.

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The smallness is not the problem. The crappy quality is it’s really blurry for some reason

and even in evening dew. Let alone some rain we had recently. That lens gets all covered

in water. I couldn’t see a damn thing. Its one of the few backup cameras I’ve seen that is

kind of crap all of the time. And of course along with this color display on this trim level,

you’ve also got that kind of appear an eyebrow display which these guys in Honda

particularly religious about really good, crisp, useful information. You know, simple but

it works.

Transmission is one choice only. A six-speed automatic and what they call a sport mode,

yes barely. You’ll normally just leave it right here and drive but if you gated it over here,

it’s extensively sportier and gives you manual addressing of the six cogs. I just left it in

drive. It works just as well there.

The CX-9 has a 3.7 liter V6, 273 horsepower, and 270 foot pounds of torque. The MPG

is perfectly good of 16/22 about of what you’d expect when you’re pushing big loaf of

bread through the air. Emissions numbers are pretty unremarkable, seven for smog and

four for CO2. Higher numbers are better. Our car is front wheel drive but CX-9 also

comes in all-wheel drive variance.

Driving a CX-9 is car like in the right ways. Fairly light inputs on the pedals and wheel.

The ride is firm without feeling big and ponderous. The automatics manual mode does

what you determine the gears with relative crispness but there’s not enough engine in

front of it to make it really worth the effort. One good thing is that gear box is

programmed to down shift way down when you step on it like from six to third in just

one gulp if you really mat the pedal.

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