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2016 Mazda Cx-9 Revealed at Los Angeles Auto Show

Posted on November 18, 2015

Mazda’s new three-row crossover, the 2016 CX-9, has debuted at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. It looks much like a stretched CX-5, which is not a bad thing. It follows the 2016 Volvo XC90′s long hood profile, lending a tall-wagon look rather than that of an over-sized crossover.

The new CX-9 is 1.2 inches shorter than its predecessor, but a longer wheelbase results and shorter overhangs. The second row of seats slide forward to allow ingress into the third row — which has ample space even for adults (provided they’re under about 6 feet tall). Mazda added plentiful sound-deadening to reduce interior noise, and included its class reading infotainment interface.

As anticipated, Mazda chose to forgo a V-6 and instead offers the new CX-9 with an all-new turbocharged 2.5-liter “Skyactiv” four-cylinder engine. This engine emphasizes real-world power delivery (i.e. torque) and fuel economy. It produces 250 hp and 310 lb-ft on premium fuel. The new engine 9 is exclusively paired with Mazda’s excellent six-speed automatic, which provides crisp, direct shifts. Front-wheel drive is standard but predictive all-wheel drive is optional.

All in all, the new 2016 CX-9 looks like an impressive package, and with its unique-to-the-class powertrain, brings an interesting option to the three-row crossover class. Car Match will evaluate further as models are available to test.

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