We compare two of our favorite three-row crossovers and pick a winner
Mazda Cx 9
The Mazda CX-9's new turbocharged four-cylinder could see duty in the brand's other products, which means it's more of a product planning decision than an engineering one.
The 2016 Mazda CX-9 starts at $32,420. That's just a little bit higher than its competitors and quite a bit more than it was last year. Considering all the new tech, it might be worth it.
The 2017 Mazda CX-9 debuts at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, and it certainly isn't lacking for style. The three-row crossover introduces the brand's 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 250 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque.
When deciding between a closeout model and the same car from the latest model year, there are several important factors to consider.
Mazda is recalling 193,484 examples of the 2007-14 CX-9 over corroded suspension ball joints, starting in the northeastern quadrant of the country.
NHTSA is opening an investigation into the 2007-2008 Mazda CX-9 after six complaints of a lower ball joint in the front suspension separating while driving.
Mazda has a lot going on these days, what with launching the new Mazda6 and Mazda3, with the new Mazda2 just around the corner. We know the new Miata is also on the way, and after that it looks like the next vehicle in its lineup due for an overhaul is the CX-9 crossover, due to launch by 2016. The move makes sense because the CUV is growing long in the tooth. It was first introduced in 2007 and was refreshed twice since then.
General Motors finally has something to celebrate about. The 2014 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain aced the latest round of small overlap front crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety among nine midsize SUVs, and they both scored a Top Safety Pick+ accolade. However, Honda, Mazda and Kia fared badly with their entries earning Poor ratings in the Overall safety category.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating 62,000, 2010-2011 Mazda CX-9 models over brake problems. The government safety watchdog says it has received seven complaints of an observed loss of power braking power to stop the crossover, according to the The Detroit News.
After spending some time roaming the Hill Country of central Texas with Mazda's new Mazda6 and CX-5 with the 2.5-liter Skyactiv engine, I got a round with the redesigned CX-9 back in Michigan. The three-row Mazda crossover comes to court in the 2013 model year with the same 3.7-liter V6 engine that we've sampled before (still making 273 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque), though the nose that wraps it has been updated with the same "Kodo" design language that marks out the CX-5 and friends