Mazda’s standout three-row crossover SUV remains the flagship of Mazda’s lineup, positioned to push the brand to new, aspirational heights. The 2017 Mazda CX-9 is a mid-size, three-row crossover SUV that caters to families with seating for seven. The destination possibilities are endless thanks to CX-9’s all-weather capability from its optional predictive i-ACTIV all-wheel drive and class-leading fuel-efficiency.
Mazda engineers ha developed a new turbocharged SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine that delivers instant throttle response, class-leading torque and best-in-class EPA combined fuel economy at 24 mpg when equipped with front-wheel drive. The i-ACTIVSENSE suite of safety technologies work together to protect the occupants at all times.
Based on this philosophy, Mazda’s SKYACTIV engine family has delivered its promise of combined performance and fuel economy, and it continues to do so with the SKYACTIV-G 2.5T. Mazda stays so true to this promise that, for the fourth year in a row, it was recognized as the most fuel efficient auto manufacturer by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Piling kudos on top, the SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine was named a 2017 Wards 10 Best Engines award recipient, one of the highest industry-facing honors for engineering excellence an automaker and its technologies can receive.
The CX-9 interior is beyond breathtaking, with available Auburn-colored Nappa leather seats, Japanese rosewood and aluminum trim exclusive to the Signature, top-tier trim level. The focus for CX-9 continues to be authenticity; an experience rather than simply another commodity conveyance.
From the moment one steps foot into the CX-9, that person is greeted by an atmosphere of beauty and detail. Even the door jambs are finished with a level of precision that lends an air of sophistication.
Once seated, passengers notice a vertically stacked center console with details that wrap around from the dashboard to the rear seats, designed to envelop passengers in comfort and serenity. A sweeping single piece of aluminum adorns the dashboard. Satin and polished finishes on the aluminum plinth evoke Japanese craftsmanship and are inspired by Japan’s famous hand-made knives.
Further heightening the elegant atmosphere is rosewood trim on the center console and front of the cabin, supplied by premium guitar-maker Fujigen. Supple Auburn Nappa leather covers seating surfaces in Signature trim with a modern design.
Mazda aims to offer customers a combination of great performance in everyday driving situations and excellent fuel economy. CX-9 provides a premium driving and passenger experience and an interior cabin that is pleasing to the sight and touch.
By Sunali Fernando