2017 Mazda CX-9
2017 Mazda CX-9 For Sale in Barrie
The 2017 Mazda CX-9 combines the sleek styling of the Mazda6 with the roominess of a full-size SUV to create a perfect crossover that is roomy enough for seven and stylish enough for a night on the town.
If you're not quite sure if you need a midsize or a full-size crossover, but you know you need three rows of seating for up to seven people, you definitely need to have the 2017 Mazda CX-9 at the top of your list. Until it was completely redesigned for the 2016 model year, the CX-9 had always been built on a platform it shared with the Ford Edge and Ford Fusion from the days when the Blue Oval was the owner of the Japanese automaker. The CX-9 has always been a very good and very desirable crossover that treads the line between midsize and full-size offerings. But to say the second-generation is an upgrade on its predecessor is about as big an understatement as it's possible to make when discussing new vehicle generations.
The 2017 Mazda CX-9 is the second model year of the crossover's second-generation, and it's therefore one of the latest expressions of Mazda's "KODO – Soul of Motion" design language. This stunningly modern crossover borrows some of the same curves and long-nose styling cues of the 6 sedan, which delivers an effortlessly handsome exterior that could easily be mistaken for the new Jaguar F-Pace from a number of angles.
The front of the 2017 Mazda CX-9 is fairly tall and has a slight forward lean, while the roof pillars towards the rear arc and rise in a smooth, uncomplicated way. The overhangs at the front and rear of the Mazda are relatively short, creating a long, wide, and planted visual presence that's further accentuated by the use of some sizeable wheels, up to 20-inch in some cases. The fenders are also seductively tapered and there's a new, more upright version of the latest Mazda grille and corporate face. The grille can be lit by LEDs on higher-specification models, while all versions of the CX-9 now come with circular LED headlights and taillights for an overall aura of great presence and elegance.
As seems to be the way of things right now, the second-generation CX-9 has been on something of a diet to become a leaner, lighter and more efficient model than the generation it's replaced. Thanks to its new lightweight construction, something in the region of 200 and 300 pounds has been shed, compared to equivalent versions of the last CX-9, with the majority of weight-loss being achieved through the drivetrain.
Along with better fuel-economy, the exercise in weight-reduction is blindingly obvious in the way the CX-9 accelerates and keeps body motion to an absolute minimum. This version of the Mazda is now a total pleasure to drive, which is an attribute that sets the CX-9 well apart from much of the competition.
There are four trim levels to choose between, which start off with the Sport and then go up through Touring, Grand Touring and Signature models.
There's just the one engine in the lineup, but it's an excellent turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-4 capable of running on regular or premium gas, and that's important because that choice makes a difference in terms of output. On regular gas the 2017 Mazda CX-9 is rated at 227 horsepower, while opting for premium sees power rise to 250 horsepower, and peak torque is the same with both at 310 lb.-ft., and is reached at just 2,000 rpm.
Front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission are standard, although all-wheel drive is available and comes standard with the Signature trim.
*All vehicle mileage based on 2016 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.