Boxy vehicles don’t really shout out driving thrills so you might want to be a bit cautious when considering the 2017 Mazda CX-9 and it certainly isn’t going to replace your minivan.
The 21017 Mazda CX-9 is an SUV offering three rows and it can carry seven people around. Rather than being boxy it looks like an elegant large car and the exterior certainly has the Mazda look. One thing that makes the CX-9 stand out among other SUVs on the market is that it doesn’t offer the same looks.
There is a downside to the vehicle not taking on the looks of almost every other SUV out there and this is lack of headroom. In the third row the Mazda CX-9 doesn’t offer up the headroom that its competitors have. There are seven seats in the cabin and the second row splits 60-40 and the bench is wide and there is plenty of room for three adults.
Getting into the vehicle is also not as easy as on others. The driver’s seat is comfortable with a seating position that is high and low dashboard. It does give you the feeling of being cosseted, like you are driving a sports sedan and not a large SUV.
The materials look and feel the same as on the Mazda 6 and CX-5 but there are some nice details. There is a full colour display and plenty of high quality leather and silver trim. The centre console has rosewood trim.
What is frustrating for families is the lack of storage in the Mazda CX-9. The center console offers a shallow bin and that is all. If you are carrying lots of bags you will have to fold half of the third row seats down.
One of the most controversial things about the Mazda CX-9 is the engine and this is the 2.5 litre turbocharged four cylinder which has to move about the 4,500 pound SUV. It comes with six speed automatic and this is smooth for shifting and you should get about 19mpg in the city and 23mpg mixed.
The price tag of the Mazda CX-9 comes in at $44, 915 but you do get a whole lot of car for the money. If you want to save money you can forget the Signature trim for the Grand Touring, and you don’t lose too many features.