The CX-9 is the largest vehicle in the Mazda lineup and for the 2016 model year it has been completely redesigned for the first time in its 10-year history. This three-row SUV can carry seven passengers comfortably and the sleek new look gives it a sexy charm that is sure to turn heads when you are cruising around town. Mazda’s well-tuned suspension makes the CX-9 responsive in the corners and a pleasure to drive, a rare achievement in the large SUV category.
What's New for 2016
The CX-9 has been completely redesigned for 2016. It is outfitted with a new sleeker, more stylish design and the standard V-6 has been replaced with a turbo-charged 4-cylinder.
Choosing Your Mazda CX-9
One of the biggest changes for 2016 is the turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which replaces the old V6 as standard on all models. The new engine produces up to 250 horsepower and is linked to a six-speed automatic transmission. The CX-9 gets 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
The new CX-9 gets a longer wheelbase, which adds legroom and makes entry into the rear seats easier. Front-wheel drive is standard on all trim levels except the top of the range Signature model where all-wheel drive is standard. All-wheel drive is a $1,800 option on all other trim levels.
The 2016 model year adds a top of the line Signature model that incorporates Nappa leather, aluminum accents and Rosewood trim.
A towing prep package is optional and allows the CX-9 to haul up to 3,500 pounds so pulling the boat to the lake won’t be a problem.
The CX-9 is available in four trim levels: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring, and the all-new Signature.
The CX-9 is a bargain compared to most of its competition with a fully loaded CX-9 running $44,915 compared to Honda’s top trim (the Pilot Elite) which costs $47,470 and Ford’s Explorer Platinum which is a budget busting $54,180.
If you can live without the head-up display, the Touring edition with the Touring Premium package gets you a well-appointed vehicle at a reasonable price.