One of the full sized crossover SUVs that is offered by Mazda is the CX-9. It is made at the Ujina 1 manufacturing plant that is located in Hiroshima, Japan. The CX-9 is made using the same platform as the Ford CD3. This platform is also used by the Ford Edge. The vehicles use the same 3.7 liter V6 engine that is used by most of the vehicles of the Ford lineup. While on the outside the Mazda CX-9 and the CX-7 do not use the same platforms. There is a front wheel drive and all -wheel drive configurations available for the Mazda CX-9.
The first Mazda CX-9 was released in 2007 and it had a 3.5 liter Cyclone V6 engine. The standard safety equipment for the vehicle included traction control, electronic stability control, front side airbags, roll stability control and 3 side curtain airbags. Some of the options for this version included navigation system, Bluetooth, backup camera, as well as the rear entertainment system.
For the model year of 2008, the engine was upgraded to a 3.7 liter that produced 274 horsepower and 366 newton meters of torque. Its engine started being produced in June of 2007 at the engine plant that is located in Japan. The production year model 2008 uses a 6 speed automatic transmission and has a shifter that is mounted on the console. In some of the select trim lines Mazda offered a mounted backup camera on the rearview mirrors, blind spot monitoring, as well as collision avoidance warning detection.
The Mazda CX-9 was the SUV of the Year, selected by Motor Trend in the year 2008. In January of 2008, at the auto show in Detroit, it was chosen as the North America Truck for the Year.
In 2010, the Mazda CX-9 received several upgrades including a new grille. This 2010 version was debut at the New York Car Show in the year 2009. The marketing for the vehicle was started in Australia during the fall and there were 3 variants of the model available, the Grand Touring, Luxury, and the Classic.
Auto Week said that the CX-9 when compared with the other mid-sized SUVs that are available, the CX-9 is really responsive in comparison and it has really good steering. It was stated that it felt almost sporty, but not entirely so.
The new version had tri-zone control for the climate of the vehicle. It also offers Bluetooth as a standard feature. The more expensive variants, the Grand Touring and the Touring each have leather inserts as well as a high end audio system and a DVD entertainment system in the back.
In the year 2013, the Mazda CX-9 received another upgrade. The latest version of the vehicle included a new grille along with new headlights. The front vents of the vehicle were restyled as well. The power for the new version of the Mazda CX-9 still comes from the 3.7 V6, which is sourced from Ford.
Minivans and SUVs used to be the only choice for larger families that needed vehicles that could carry lots of cargo and seven passengers, but crossovers such as the Mazda CX-9 changed all that. The CX-9 offers a spacious interior that has room for everyone combined with the quick handling characteristics that Mazda’s have become known for. The model does have some of the same architecture as the Ford Edge, but the Mazda seems to have superior driving dynamics and a feel that is more athletic than the Ford counterpart. Overall, this mid-sized SUV has received positive reviews from owners around the globe.