2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature New Car Reviews

Our friends at Mazda have been touting their all-new CX-9 for a while. Just wait until we see it, they said. Well, we have now seen—and driven—their latest three-row SUV.

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Of everything we have driven lately, this one surprised me the most. Yes, you expect an MX-5 to be sporty and a Camaro to be Camaro-y, but the new CX-9 exceeded my every expectation. I know, hold on while I turn over my GRM editor card.

No, seriously, inside, it’s just so pleasant—and not that fake, tacked-on niceness. The wood and leather have just that right feel—not cheap and not over-the-top. The seats offer just the right support. The switches click with a solid click. Click.

I didn’t get to drive the CX-9 while fully loaded, but the turbo engine seemed plenty powerful. The transmission shifted smoothly. Not one issue with ride, handling or comfort. Yes, I could easily drive this one from coast to coast.

The price: Our loaded CX-9 stickered somewhere north of $44k. The Sport model starts at $31,520. I'd call that a value in today's big SUV field.

The big question: the nose. It’s definitely a Mazda and not a Honda or a Lexus or a Kia. If you love that nose and need an SUV big enough for a ska band, then the CX-9 is for you.

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Reader Comments:

RossD UltimaDork
Aug. 17, 2016 11:32 a.m.

"Big enough for a ska band"? Your '90s are showing.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
Aug. 17, 2016 11:45 a.m.
RossD wrote: "Big enough for a ska band"? Your '90s are showing.

Thank you, thank you.

Chas_H Reader
Aug. 17, 2016 12:56 p.m.

This trim level is available only in pearl white or machine gray metallic. Less expensive trims have more color choices including soul red and deep blue. What is Mazda thinking?

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2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature Specs:

Drivetrain Layout:
Front-engine, all-wheel-drive
2.5 liter Inline-4
250 bhp
310 lb.-ft
4301 pounds
Base: $44015

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