The 2017 Mazda CX-9 features a much-needed redesign for the model, which has remained relatively unchanged since its release in 2006. The midsize crossover will be available in two trim levels—the GS and the GT, featuring a 3.7-litre V-6 and a 250lb-ft torque curve at 3000-6000rpm.
While the CX-9 is a 3-row, 7-seat vehicle, the SUV has the appearance of a sleeker, sportier car. The V-6 engine connects to a six-speed Sport AT automatic transmission that also allows the driver to switch to a manual mode. While front-wheel drive is standard on the GS trim, All-Wheel-Drive is available as an option and comes standard on the GT.
The change in the engine has helped make the vehicle approximately 250 pounds, which has allowed for sound insulation to help create a quieter cabin.
Although turbocharged engines often do not deliver the kind of fuel economy one would expect, Mazda has explained that the development team chose to focus on both driveability and fuel economy instead of trying to hit specific numbers when it comes to horsepower.
One of the things Mazda has been boasting about the most regarding the 2017 CX-9 is the craftsmanship that went into the design of the vehicle. The website for the vehicle features Craftmanship stories, where the details of their hand-crafted, clay-sculpted models helped shape the future of the vehicle. The interior features crafted genuine rosewood trim, Nappa leather, and brushed aluminum trim as just some of the options available.
The 2017 model also has a feature called iACTIV AWD, a system with 27 sensors monitoring your drive at 200 times per second. The sensors monitor wheel slippage, steering angle, yaw rate, lateral acceleration, and forecast operating conditions through something as simple as switching on windshield wipers. The information automatically makes adjustments to provide the correct amount of traction.
Several other safety features include Smart Brake Support, Smart City Brake Support, an advanced blind spot monitoring system with rear cross traffic alert, a lane-keep assist system, and an adaptive front-lighting system.
Base pricing for the 2017 Mazda CX-9 begins at $35,300.