One of the most upbeat crossovers, Mazda CX-9 is now available in the entry level segment of luxury cars. Until 2012, this crossover was not really a mainstream player, but its latest facelift has attracted large number of SUV enthusiasts in the Philippines auto market. Mazda’s largest model, the new Mazda CX-9 shares it platform with Ford Edge and Ford CD3, which was officially launched in the year 2006. Besides that, this full size crossover comes packed with 3.7-litre V6 engine used for the Ford lineup. This power-train accompanied with DOHC VVT configuration enables the crossover to churn out maximum power output of 277 PS at 6250 rpm along with the maximum torque of about 367 Nm at 4250 rpm. Its responsive performance and sufficient energy release is combined effect of this engine unit and 6-speed automatic transmission.
Corresponding to its new aerodynamic, stylish and urbane design the CX-9 is instantly likable. With this crossover, the brand appoints its patented KODO design theme which high focuses on aesthetics along with the driving dynamics of this vehicle. All in all, Mazda CX-9 is nothing short of striking and gives the contemporary crossovers a run for your money. Horizontal bar in the front grille finished with chrome treatment and its futuristic design caters a superior personality of this car and is enough to attract the onlookers eyes. Bold elements have been appointed to this crossover that makes a daunting impression at very first sight, the stylish interior design accompanied by plain and less cluttered dashboard. However, summarizing the interior of new Mazda CX-9, it has to be referred as simply elegant along with sporty touch. Ergonomically placed instruments makes your life easy on-board. Air conditioning vents are rightly placed at location so that appropriate circulation of air can be regulated to all the cabins including cockpit. For entertainment purpose, you receive audio control functions through steering wheel mounted switches. AM/FM, radio, CD player, USB, aux-in, DVD, Bluetooth and navigation are other infotainment features packed in this car. Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and EBD, Dynamic Stability Control, Roll Stability Control, Traction Control, Burglar Alarm, Immobilizer these are some safety aspects equated with this car. In short, after looking its competitors like Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot and Nissan Pathfinder, you will find that New Mazda CX-9 gives them a tough competition.
Mileage and Fuel economy
The mileage delivered out by new Mazda CX-9 measures 11 kmpl which is decent enough for a drive housing with a large powertrain. This figure given is for driving the vehicle in combined cycle and is appreciable for the vehicle.
This crossover by Mazda embeds highly responsive 3.7-litre petrol V6 engine in its arsenal, which is employed with DOHC VVT configuration and delivers the maximum power of about 277 PS at 6250 rpm along with the maximum torque of about 367 Nm at 4250 rpm.
Acceleration & Pickup
Four-wheel drive CX-9 accelerates from 0 to 100 kmph speed mark in 8.3 seconds which is decently fast in comparison to similar cars of other brands. The top speed of the vehicle is 194 kmph.
Mazda CX-9 sets a new standard for the sports crossover segment. Its key point is style and sportiness that CX-9 sets a class apart from the similar car of other brand. It depicts the luxurious taste with its styling and exterior design. Grace that invites you to touch, feel and drove, the car is outlined with KODO design - the spirit of the movement. This large seven-passenger crossover is clasped with large radiator grille with company insignia mounted at the centre. Alongside, appointed halogen head lamps acts as a safety equipment and also accentuates the visual appeal of the car. Whole styling of the car has got chrome highlights over the front façade, windows, door handles, wheels layout and boot lid. CX-9's rear is surely a take, with profound roof spoiler, distinctive tail lamp and small windscreen. It gives you a very fresh urbane feel wherever it crosses by.
Despite appearing flowing on the first look, Mazda CX-9 still sports really big exterior measurements which can be expressed as 5086 mm x 1936 mm x 1728 mm (L X W X H). For which the wheelbase counts as 2875 mm revealing insights about CX-9's spacious interiors.
Mazda CX-9 offers a neat and discreet design along with plenty of space to its occupants irrespective of the cabin they are sitting, enough headroom and legroom is provided in 3 row seating arrangement. The upholstery too is highly comfortable which makes the passengers enjoy their ride. Cruise control function mounted on the steering allow you to maintain a constant speed without any manual inputs, especially while driving on highway runs. For optimal temperature, you get automatic front and rear air conditioning with individual setting due to which you need not to worry about travelling in hot sunny days or extreme cold winters. Moreover, digital clock and distinctively designed overlapping meter dials set in the line of direction to the driver provides precise information about the vehicle to the driver. Although, the dashboard of Mazda CX-9 doesn't house much equipments to make it look simple yet elegant.
Lots of utility and convenience features are generously set in this car which assures you a soothing ride. All the equipments are set in close approach to the driver and front passenger so that when needed, you need not to stretch an extra inch even for operation. Power switches are provided at the doors for easy access over closing and opening of windows. Air conditioning vents placed at right places allow you to sit in comfortably in the front as well as rear cabin seats. Also, it provides several compartments wherein you can place mini things separately reducing the chaos and inconvenience to the boot cabin space.
Utmost you can laden the cargo in the volume of 2852-litres in this car. Even though, you can say that boot space provided is little less as compared to similar SUVs of other brands but is OKAY.
Engine and Performance
This new full-size crossover SUV is packed in 3.7-litre (3726 cc) V6 DOHC 24-valve engine that generates maximum power output of 273 PS at 6250 rpm along with the peak torque of 367 Nm at 4250 rpm. Further, this powerful gasoline engine is mated with 6-speed activematic transmission in all its combination with the engine and gasoline fuel which makes this car more powerful yet upgraded to be precise and subtle.
Stereo and Accessories
Even though you are driving all alone, you can enjoy rides by operating audio control functions through steering wheel mounted switches in Mazda CX-9 that provides driver direct control over the segment. Moreover, this leather wrapped steering wheel also gives you access to hands-free calling feature taking use of which you can make and receive calls without putting hands off from the steering. Bose audio system featuring AM/FM, radio, CD player, USB, aux-in, DVD, 5.8-inch color LCD screen with rear view camera, Bluetooth and navigation are other infotainment features outfitted in this car. Aux-in and USB connectivity gives you chance to stream music from external devices.
Accentuating the sporty persona of this crossover, this car comes fitted with 18-20 inch alloy wheels with the bold tires as 245/60 R18 and 245/50 R20 providing fine grip over the road.
Braking and Handling
For firm stability and braking of this amazing SUV by Mazda, it is coupled with dynamic braking and suspension system so that your one action can bring the vehicle to stop instantly without any delay. All the wheels of the SUV comes fitted with ventilated disc brakes which works effortlessly in keeping the vehicle stable and on track. independent MacPherson strut with stabilizer for front axle and independent multi-link suspension for the rear. Besides that, it comes fitted with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) to support the vehicle during extreme braking conditions.
Safety and Security
In terms of safety features, the brand Mazda makes no compromise for its products. The CX-9's body is wrapped with advanced impact-energy distribution and absorption system. With safety features like Anti- lock Brake System(ABS) preventing wheels from locking up during emergency braking along with transaction control system (TCS) and Dynamic stability control (DSC) offers enough provisions for safety of passengers. To protect its occupants the new Mazda CX-9 has front, side, curtain airbags with ELR & Pre-tensioners front-rear seat-belts works as passive safety system and and reduces collisions adverse effects. Dynamic Stability Control, Roll Stability Control, Traction Control, Burglar Alarm, Immobilizer these are some other standard safety aspects equipped with this car.
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