2016 Mazda CX-9 AWD Review – Bringing the “Sport” in Crossover Sports Utility Vehicle



The 2016 Mazda CX-9 AWD represents Mazda’s mid-sized crossover SUV entry in the market. When you’re the type of person that prefers sporty cars but also have the practicality for the weekend road trip, there’s only a few cars that do both. Sure, there are sports sedans but most of them come as either import or is among the premium European brands with their prices perched a little too steep. The Mazda CX-9 is one of the sportier options in the crossover market which fulfils the role of a people carrier while being not boring at the wheel.

2016 Mazda CX-9 AWD Review - Bringing the "Sport" in Crossover Sports Utility Vehicle

The 2016 Mazda CX-9 AWD is Light, Efficient, and Agile

With its European design cues, 2016 Mazda CX-9 AWD is quite the looker. Moulded lines on the sides that convey a sense of soul in motion, making the car look dynamic even when parked. The front end shows class with its chrome garnish outlining the grille and front spoiler. The rear features a shapely rear end with gorgeous taillight design. Under the hood is an efficient 2.5-Liter turbocharged four cylinder putting out a 250hp at 5000rpm and 310lb-ft at 2000rpm making quick bolts in traffic easy.

The cabin of the 2016 CX-9 AWD speaks quality and refinement. Details include rosewood trim, high-quality plastics, aluminium accents, and Nappa leather. Overall feel is excellent and the keen observer will have his/her OCD satisfied with the amount of attention to detail in the cabin. On the center console, like most Mazdas, there resides the 8-inch touch screen which can also be controlled by the BMW-esque dial next to the gear selector. For seating and space, the second row isn’t captain seats but can fit three people comfortably. The third row is a little tight for adults but children can sit there with no problems. Being the smaller of the bunch, the CX-9 has the least cargo space in the back.

Driving the 2016 Mazda CX-9 AWD however leaves the competition when it comes to fun. While the competition’s V8 and V6 engines are larger, and accelerate 0-60 faster, the CX-9 is like the Mazda Miata; just the right amount of power, with the agility of a nicely plantedsupercar. Switch over to sport mode and the CX-9 thinks just like a Miata. With the four cylinder, it also exhibits better fuel economy with little difference in power. The only downside is the engine is less enthusiastic past 4500rpm as the boost is well within the 2000rpm range and the stability control can’t be turned off if you’re feeling frisky.


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