The 2013 Mazda CX-9 differentiates itself from other members in the large-crossover gym by throwing some cardio and calisthenics in with the weights — and though you might not know it by looking, it's a more well-rounded athlete for the extra effort. Cars.com reviewer Jennifer Geiger says the CX-9 has worked hard to compete in its market segment, though it hasn't gotten the recognition it deserves for its sportier, more agile driving dynamics. Opinions will differ on the look and comfort of the interior, but the fuel economy and navigation system disappoint. Read the review and decide if the CX-9 has what it takes to stand up to its competitively priced peers.2013 Mazda CX-9 Review
As we get closer to April’s New York auto show, we’re learning more about the few new arrivals scheduled for release. Over at the Mazda booth expect to see a new 2010 Mazdaspeed3, the updated 2010 CX-7 and a just announced 2010 CX-9.
While there isn’t much information on the new CX-9, Mazda does say it received an exterior/interior refresh and some new options and safety features. Judging from the single quarter-profile shot provided above, the CX-9’s exterior refresh amounts to some minor cosmetic surgery to the front lower lip. The result is probably the least successful transference of Mazda’s controversial “smile” design language to an existing model. Both the CX-7 and new MX-5 Miata look more natural sporting the new design element.
Mazda said the “zoom-zoom” driving characters were also improved on the CX-9, which probably means they dialed in the tuning a bit. As for interior enhancements, the CX-7 received higher quality materials and a new gauge cluster. Maybe something similar is in store for the CX-9, which already is quite luxurious inside. It won Cars.com’s Family Car of the Year in 2008, and its upscale interior was one reason it garnered the award. We’ll have more information on the changes when we travel to the New York auto show next month.
2010 Mazda CX-7 Gains New Base Four-Cylinder Engine (KickingTires)
First Look: 2010 Mazdaspeed3 (KickingTires)
After more than 2,500 miles, the votes are in and tabulated. My wife and I, along with our three kids, have finished our 15 days on the road, going from Chicago to Rochester, N.Y., then Gettysburg, Pa.; Washington, D.C.; Burlington, N.C.; and home again. We made the journey in four three-row SUVs, including a Ford Flex, Dodge Journey, Mazda CX-9 and Honda Pilot, and each was as idiosyncratic as my kids.
First, we'll take a look at the stats from our trip, which seems a lot longer on paper than it did in person:
Now, here’s how each of the cars fared in different categories:
Three legs down and only one more to go. This was the shortest leg of the four, and the CX-9 fared all right. Packing it was far easier than packing the Journey. First, the damage for Leg 3:
The CX-9 wound up with the worst mileage (by far) so far on the trip. The CX-9 certainly felt sprightly, albeit noisy, and felt a lot roomier than the Journey.
As for packing the CX-9, it was much easier than the Journey.
Starting the third leg of our trip, we headed from Mechanicsburg, Pa., through Gettysburg and down into Washington, D.C., before arriving in Burlington, N.C. The navigation system was crucial for this part of our trip, given that we were driving in an area we’d never driven in before. How’d the CX-9’s nav system perform?
It was a little Jekyll and Hyde. On the positive side, it was a touch-screen, which we at Cars.com always prefer. On the downside, it was apparently in the employ of the oil companies, since it kept sending us in circles (some of which we were able to avoid, some of which we were not) instead of making a left turn. Let me repeat that: The CX-9’s system twice asked us to make a circle — including one that was nearly a mile long — rather than force us to make a left turn. Now, I’ve been driving for nearly 30 years, and I’ve gotten pretty good at those left turns.
Perhaps marking GM’s reemergence from the automobile wilderness, the domestic car giant makes four of the six finalists for the 2008 North American Car and Truck of the Year award. Even better, the automaker now finds itself in a position to score wins in both Car and Truck of the Year
a feat no other company has achieved two years in a row, a feat no other company has achieved.
Truck of the Year finalists include GM’s Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid SUV and Buick Enclave crossover SUV, with Mazda’s CX-9 crossover SUV filling the third spot. As for Car of the Year, the Honda Accord will compete with GM’s Cadillac CTS sport sedan and the highly praised Chevrolet Malibu midsize sedan.
Now if the world’s largest auto manufacturer could only transfer this success to sales. While its vehicles continue to improve, the perception of domestic cars in terms of quality and design still lags behind Japanese and European makes. Earning awards is nice, but earning back car shoppers is obviously GM’s more pressing goal.
Vote is in: GM Rules (Detroit Free Press)
This week we get feedback on quite the cross section of cars. From the sporty Volvo C30 hatchback to the Mazda CX-9 crossover to the aggressive Dodge Viper, the staff was hopping in and out of some diverse vehicles that recently got the full review treatment on Cars.com.
2008 Volvo C30
As we continue our look at 2008-model-year changes, we‘re a bit surprised to see models that were new for 2007 having any alterations at all. The new CX-7 and CX-9 crossovers were huge new launches for Mazda this past year, and the CX-9 even won our three-row-crossover Faceoff against the GMC Acadia and Hyundai Veracruz. Mazda, however, saw some small changes that needed to be made.
For 2008, the CX-9 gets an entirely new engine. The new 3.7-liter V-6 gets 273 hp, a 10-hp bump over the engine it replaces. It gets roughly the same mileage, taking the more-stringent 2008 EPA tests into account. A new blind-spot monitoring system will also be available.
Changes to the 2008 CX-7 are less extreme but also impact the engine. The company has modified the CX-7’s impressive four-cylinder turbo engine so that premium fuel is now recommended, not required. That means owners can fill up on regular when gas prices spike too high too swallow.
The 2008 CX-7s and CX-9s are beginning to arrive at dealers this month.
Ch-Ch-Changes: Mazdaspeed6, Mazda6 Wagon Dropped for 2008 (KickingTires)
Research 2008 Mazda CX-7 (Cars.com)
Research 2008 Mazda CX-9 (Cars.com)
It’s one of the fastest-growing segments in the market: Three-row crossovers have come along to take the place of traditional truck-based SUVs in the heart of suburbia. Cars.com put three of the newcomers head-to-head-to-head to determine which tops this new field. The GMC Acadia, Hyundai Veracruz and Mazda CX-9 all proved to be excellent people-movers, but only one could win the Faceoff. See which one we picked, and let us know what Faceoffs you’d like to see in the future.
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