2015 Mazda CX-9

November 28 - December 4, 2014
2015 Mazda CX-9
Mazda provides action not just words
By Durhl Caussey
The Mazda CX-9 has a powerful 273hp 3.7-litre V6 engine featuring variable valve timing, electronic throttle control, and testy 270 pound-feet
torque. This is more than either the
Toyota Highlander or Honda Pilot,
and enables the CX-9 to tow up to
1,588 kg when properly equipped.
The power is routed to the wheels
through a six-speed sport automatic
transmission. Fuel economy is estimated at 10 L/100 km highway with
the 2WD drivetrain.
The CX-9 has large rear doors that
open to 72 degrees, providing a cavernous entrance. In and out quickly!
The cabin floor and side sills are
flush with each other, avoiding the
danger of tripping—unlike some
SUVs. Some competitors have sills
that are up to 7.5 cm higher than
the CX-9’s.
The 60/40 split second row seats in
the CX-9 have something called “tilt
and slide,” which allows a simple onehand operation to fold the seatback
forward and the chair to automatically move forward nearly 23 cm, giving passenger access to the third row.
The CX-9 seats up to seven adults,
while providing up to 487 litres of
cargo space behind the third row.
Just reach for and pull the release
strap to quickly fold down the third
row’s 50-50 split fold-flat seatback,
giving you a cargo space of 1,368
litres. If you also fold down the 60/40
split second row, it expands the cargo
room to 2,851 litres. There is plenty
of room for the kids’ games and
gear, yet there is still enough room
for eight cup holders and four onelitre bottle holders.
The touch of a button opens and
closes the lift gate. The remote control makes loading easier and more
The cabin appears elevated, comfortable, and uncluttered. A leatherwrapped steering wheel with audio
controls, cruise control, Bluetooth
hands-free phone controls, and
three-zone automatic climate control also features integrated Pandora
Internet radio controls that let you
choose music matching your taste.
Unfortunately, there are some
shortcomings inside. The 5.8-inch
colour display with rear-camera was
simply too small. Cross streets, when
listed, were difficult to find and read
when using navigation. The parameters of the screen were covered with
symbols, which although somewhat transparent were not very legible, adding to the difficulty of read-
ing. Even when cross streets were
labelled, they did not always stay on
the screen because it was so small.
It was also hard to use the audio
controls on the steering wheel, plus
the small volume buttons on the console were difficult to find and it took
forever for them to respond. A large
knob for volume control would have
been perfect. Another disappointment was that there was little open
space storage in the front.
However, the CX-9 handled well
regardless of road variety or recent
stormy weather. Available Active
Torque-Split All-Wheel Drive, Blind
Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross
Traffic Alert, and HID/LED lighting contributed to a feeling of safety
and confidence.
The CX-9 had an enhanced stability control system that monitors
and detects wheel spin and reduces
engine power to help improve traction when accelerating in slippery
The manufacturer’s suggested price
is $33,995 for the GS and $45,995 for
the GT.
The absolute best feature of the
CX-9 was roominess in the rear. Leg
room for the second row is 1,010 mm,
and the third row is 824 mm. Back
seat shoulder room is 1,490 mm for
the second row and 1,444 mm for
the third row.
In conclusion I would just say the
CX-9 offers innovative technologies,
modern design, great performance,
and is absolutely fun to drive.
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Inside the 2015 CX-9
Durhl Caussey writes a car column read around the world. He
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