|The 2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature.|
That matters in a Mazda more than in most cars because Mazda is all about driving. You know, zoom-zoom and all of that. The new MX-5 Miata is number one on the list of TireKicker's Best Cars on the right hand side of this page. A few slots below it is the Mazda 6 sedan. The Mazda CX-5 is our choice among midsize crossovers, perhaps the most crowded, hotly contested segment in the market today.
Now, there's a new CX-9. So how is it?
|2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature.|
|2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature interior.|
And on the road, the story gets even better. The previous generation's 3.7-liter V6 may have made 273 horsepower, but it also drank gas at a pace that put it out of touch with the modern world (17 city/24 highway). The 2016 has an all-new engine, which comes with whichever of the four trim levels (Sport, Touring, Grand Touring and Signature) of CX-9 you choose. It's a 2.5-liter turbo that packs less horsepower (250) but a healthy dose of torque (310 pounds per foot). And though it looks large and impressive, the 2016 CX-9 weighs 250 pounds less than the 2015. So performance actually improves. As does the fuel economy, which is now an EPA-estimated 21 city/27 highway...a significant improvement.
CX-9s start at $33,320, but going all the way with the Signature model requires a $44,015 commitment. Our tester had just one option...the Machine Gray paint for $300, so bottom line with $900 delivery, processing and handling fee was $45,215. A co-worker of mine and her husband just bought one. Their verdict: "It's like a Mercedes. But with a Mazda price tag." And they own a Mercedes, too.