• Dec 13th 2006 at 7:57PM
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With memories of last July's Cougar Ace disaster presumably heavy on their minds, Mazda just shipped out their first batch of new Mazda CX-9 CUVs from Hiroshima to North America. This time the crossing will be aboard the Coral Leader car carrier. It left Hiroshima yesterday for its voyage to California via Tacoma. The ship is expected to reach the U.S. before the New Year. With the Cougar Ace's payload of Mazda3s and CX-7s ultimately written off, we can only hope that this batch of vehicles, which includes the new 7-passenger CX-9, will have a much less eventful crossing. Bon Voyage.

The two-row, 5-passenger CX-7 has been something of a hit for Mazda with its stylish good looks and equally attractive combination of good performance and affordable pricing. The bigger CX-9 is hoping to be just as endearing in the ever more popular three-row segment. When they finally hit U.S. showrooms in late January, the sticker on the CX-9s will read $29,035 and up. That's the base price for the front-drive Sport model. There's also going to be Touring and Grand Touring versions with awd available across all trim levels. No matter which one you pick, you get Ford's award-winning corporate 3.5-liter V6 mated to a 6-speed auto trans. In this Mazda CUV, the engine is rated at 250 hp. It was designed primarily for the U.S., but it is also rumored to be on its way to Australia in 2008.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      The RAV4 curb weight is in the 3300-3700lb range
      The Cx-7 is in the 3700-3900
      The Cx-9 will not be under 4000 lbs.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The CX-9 should have a usable third row seat though unlike the RAV-4.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Oh, so that's what I saw at the Mazda dealer the other day. I nearly thought Mazda had rebadged a Chevy Venture. Ick.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Just like they 'souped up' the Mazda6.
      First off the V6 was rated at 219hp@6250/202ft-lbs@4750, but that was an optimization of the Taurus cylinder heads-roller follower valvetrain, variable intake valve timing, and it may have had swirl valve too? but that engine never shipped.
      So they used the jaguar type cylinder heads, direct acting mechanical buckets, higher drag, less effective valve opening/closing so Mazda did what they could, and then 220hp@6300/192ft-lbs@5000, no variable resonance or induction, no swirl valves, only variable intake valve timing.
      Then an exhaust manifold change gave and took, 215hp & 199ft-lbs, and now for '07 under the new SAE rules it is only 212hp@6000, and 197FT-LBS @5000.

      as for the rest of the car, in '05 the V6 moved to a 6 speed automatic while the I4 still had a 4 speed auto. The brakes were undersized until the '06. The MazdaSpeed6 is nice if you like 3600lb cars on 215 width tires.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The new 3.5 is a good engine, but not a great one. I was surprised to see it on Ward's list.

      The CX-9 is much larger than a RAV4, and much more expensive as well. To compare prices:

      • 8 Years Ago
      Bon Voyage indeed! I was extremely impressed with the CX-9 at the LA show. Looks are deceiving. It has about the best third row seating and access of any crossover on the market. The Arcadia/Outlook twins might be just as good but they don't look near as good and I'm willing to bet they don't drive as well either.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If it is 263hp like the mazdaspeed then that is what they need to take on the rav 4 (269hp). I like mazda but in this case I think rav4 is a better product for not much more $$.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Cant' they stick that motor in the CX-7?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Actually, the engine is rated at 263 horsepower.
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