Road test: 2013 Mazda CX-9 | Driving

30 Aug 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Road test: 2013 Mazda CX-9 | Driving

The 2013 Mazda has a whole new front end, it in line with the rest of the models.

The 2013 Mazda has a whole new front end, it in line with the rest of the models.

The 2013 Mazda ‘s back end has also redesigned, but much of the exterior unchanged.


For 2013, the CX-9 got a nose job. But some of the work done by the plastic surgeons, which may some people cringe, the behind this refresh done their craft

At least until the CX-9 complete reconstructive surgery, sometime in the future.

For now, however, the seven-seat utility vehicle received the company calls a minor but it is one that could have a big

The major changes include new and rear ends, as well as equipment and features.

The CX-9 has a price of $35,890 (that the $1,895 freight and preparation for the front-wheel-drive GS model.

The GT trim, comes with all-wheel has a starting price of $46,645. drive is offered as optional on the GS for an additional $3,000.

The GT I tested was outfitted with a navigation a $2,500 addition that gives you a power lift

Other standard features on the GT of include 20-inch wheels, HID fog lights, a blind-spot monitoring a Bose audio system, satellite radio and Bluetooth.

The entire Mazda line is a transformation to reflect the automaker’s new philosophy, known as the Kodo of Motion.” It can be seen on the all-new the Mazda5 and the redesigned Mazda6.

And the CX-9 has been given of those characteristics, noticeably the end which has been totally to bring it in line with the look.

The back end was also but the vast majority of the exterior unchanged from the original that debuted as a 2007

While some say that new nose doesn’t really fit the I happen to like the new look, with the LED daytime running on the GT model.

Inside, the passenger cabin some upgrades as well, a 5.8-inch display screen rear-view camera as standard as is HD radio.

And there are some touches in the GT model as well, leather and suede seating, and side door trims – this last feature is on the black interior only.

features unique to the GT trim are satin finish on the instrument and door trim, bright on the wheels and rear backup


The CX-9 has but one engine a 3.7-litre V6 that puts out 273 and 270 foot-pounds of torque. It’s a and potent engine that good power for the CX-9, I did find it on the loud side at

That power gets to the pavement through a six-speed transmission and the aforementioned 20-inch

Citroen XM

Fuel economy on this V6, paired with the AWD system, is at 12.8 litres per 100 kilometres in the and 9.0 L/100 km on the highway. My average, was mostly highway, came in at L/100 km.

Here’s hoping has some Skyactiv tricks up sleeve for the next CX-9, it could definitely benefit reduced fuel consumption.

than that, however, I the CX-9’s performance to be what you expect for a three-row SUV that, its AWD system, will spend of its time on the smooth — well, smooth — blacktop in and around


Being Mazda’s vehicle makes the CX-9 out — and stand tall. And that is one drawback as I found those who vertically-challenged discovered it wasn’t easy to get in and out of.

That’s not a major though. And with room for accessing the rear-most seats is easier by the fact that the seats slide forward.

Up the heated leather seats for a comfortable ride. And despite the amount of black in the cabin, it feel cramped and dark, you might expect.

The aforementioned noise is not much of a factor you are up to speed and the cabin is, in fact, on the side, making the late-night home from work on highways pleasant — at least as as that can ever be.

Cargo capacity varies on the depending on how many seats are in With all the rows occupied, you 17.2 cubic feet at disposal, to a maximum of 100.7 feet if you fold the second and rows flat.

And if you have stuff to haul, the CX-9 has a capacity of 1,500 kilograms.

it comes to the seven-seat SUV market, are a few vehicles to choose from. you just have to follow nose – or Mazda’s.


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