...An optional rearview camera is available on Touring and Grand Touring models, while a blind-spot warning system is standard on the Grand Touring. In government crash testing, the CX-9 scored a perfect five out of five stars for frontal and side crash protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also awarded the CX-9 its highest rating of "Good" for both frontal-offset and side-impact crashworthiness. Interior Design and Special Features: For 2010, the Mazda CX-9 receives incremental improvements in terms of interior materials and usability. New leather and cloth seating surfaces...
...But I don't think most people would try to flog the CX-9 along twisty roads. The all-wheel drive system can provide some additional traction, but it will do very little in extreme conditions. Only if the system provides a solid percentage of power to both axles do I think it's worth the additional cost. Mazda cheats to the front and thus, the CX-9 is typically a front-wheel drive vehicle that occasionally spins up the back tires. So why carry the extra weight around if you're hardly going to use it? The down side Now the one down side to the CX-9 is driving around town. It's just a big...
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...In addition, it provides a comfortable ride. I was, however, slightly disappointed in the fuel economy provided by the V6, averaging only 17 mpg in mixed driving. The V6 did offer strong power when merging onto a freeway. And inside, Mazda does a nice job of blending style, comfort and technology to enhance the driving experience. The controls are easy to reach and simple to use. I did find that the trunk was very small when the third row was open. –Joe ChulickThe CX-9 may be the biggest car Mazda offers, but it doesn't feel enormous from the driver's seat. It falls halfway between being an...
...Despite its few drawbacks, the Mazda CX-9 delivers a fun, functional, and well-rounded package for 2010, combining both sporty and luxury-oriented elements in a solid, well-designed body.
...and the seat can slide fore and aft to optimize legroom and cargo space. There's room for two in the 50/50-split third-row seat, which also can fold flat. Fabric on standard cloth seats new for 2010 New leather on optional powered front seats New chrome and piano-black accents for 2010 Double-lid center console new for 2010 Optional navigation and backseat entertainment systems Under the Hood The CX-9 features a 273-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 with 270 pounds-feet of torque. Front- and all-wheel drive are offered. Standard six-speed automatic transmission with clutchless-manual mode V-6 runs on...
...My school-age boys loved the fold-down armrest with a "hidden secret compartment" and cupholders, as well as the rear entertainment system. However, my 9-year-old was put out that he couldn't listen to his favorite radio station, which is available through satellite radio. Sirius Satellite Radio is an option that's part of a $2,255 package. The CX-9's third row is best left to people who are less than 5 feet tall. By which I mean kiddos. The seats aren't as cushy as the other rows' seats and legroom is tight. Even though the second row slides forward to allow easier access to the third row...
...It's the only system that senses when a rollover has begun and employs the stability system in an attempt to forestall it. Similarly described features on other cars act only in conditions that can lead to a rollover. A blind spot warning system is standard on the Grand Touring but not offered on lower trim levels. A backup camera comes with the navigation system that's optional on the Grand Touring. You can get a backup camera without navigation on both this model and the Touring trim, but unfortunately it's packaged with other features. To see all the CX-9's safety features, click here...
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