2017 Mazda CX-9: The One SUV Drive To Love

Feb 11, 2017 11:40 PM EST | Joyce Vega


The new 2017 Mazda CX-9 takes the three-row, family crossover SUV into fresh territory. Crafted with an eye for the details, the CX-9 delivers exceptional handling and best-in-class standard torque.

Car and Driver reported that all Mazda CX-9 models are equipped with a 2.5-liter turbocharged 4 cylinder engine, producing 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque on regular octane gas. It has a 3500-pound towing capacity which gives the Mazda CX-9 useful cargo-hauling capability. Mazda CX-9 has very good fuel-efficiency ratings.

According to EPA, CX-9 is more fuel efficient than most of its rivals. EPA estimates 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway with front-wheel drive. With all-wheel drive, the CX-9 loses 2 mpg in both city and highway ratings. Mazda CX-9 offers sharp and accurate steering, superior stopping power, and tender ride that is both firm and refined. The throttle response is linear, and the boost from the turbo appears immediately. The all-wheel drive CX-9 manages 7.1 seconds from 0-60mph. Mazda CX-9 has firm suspension and accurate steering that culminate in superior corner control. The brakes need 168 feet to go from 70mph to halt, which makes the brakes of the SUV excellent.

The interior is made of fantastic materials and detailed styling. The dashboard features heavily contoured areas with either a 7.0 or 8.0 touchscreen. All controls are easy to reach. There is plenty of legroom and headroom at the front and rear seats. But the third row is a better fitting place for kids.

According to Roadshow, the 2017 Mazda CX-9 comes with an unchanged starting price. It will cost $31,520 for the base Sport trim. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive will cost $33,320. The Touring Trim costs $35,970 for front-wheel drive and $37,770 for all-wheel drive. This trim adds a larger infotainment screen, blind spot monitoring, keyless entry, a power liftgate and power front seats. Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring costs $40,470 for front-wheel drive and $42,270 for all-wheel drive.

The model includes a head-up display, adaptive headlights, adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, lane-departure warning and lane-keep assist. At the top of the lineup is the Mazda CX-9 Signature which is only available with four-wheel drive. It will cost $44,315, and at that price point you get Nappa leather, rosewood trim and LED accent lighting.

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