2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD First Test
With the introduction of the new 2016 Mazda CX-9. six-cylinder engines have officially vanished from the automaker’s U.S. lineup. The last-gen CX-9 was powered by a V-6 that was relatively strong but much too thirsty compared to the new flock of crossovers with more efficient mills. Mazda rids itself of that heavy baggage with a fancy turbo-four for the 2016 CX-9, which the automaker says should match (or surpass) the elderly V-6’s performance but return much better fuel economy. Obviously some time at the track and Real MPG lab was in order.
Sitting behind the CX-9’s handsome mug is a turbocharged 2.5-liter good for 310 lb-ft of torque and 227 hp when using regular octane gas. Horsepower jumps to 250 with premium octane, though torque stays the same. Thanks to the combination of a fancy exhaust setup and a small, quick-spooling turbo, peak torque arrives at just 2,000 rpm, providing the low- and midrange grunt that Mazda says is better suited for typical crossover drivers who normally don’t race their engines to redline.
Another trick Mazda employed is a cooled exhaust-gas recirculation (EGR) setup aimed at bringing down the engine’s combustion temperature, something that would otherwise necessitate a richer air/fuel ratio. (See our in-depth look at the CX-9’s engine tech HERE .) This results in improved fuel economy, and Mazda has claimed the CX-9’s real-world figures should actually surpass the ones from the EPA. It’s a bold yet sensible claim and one we have put to the test with our Real MPG crew.
Our test vehicle was a Signature model, sitting on top of the CX-9 lineup, which begins with the Sport and midlevel Touring and Grand Touring versions. With a sticker price of $45,215, our tester felt much more expensive than its MSRP suggests. The interior featured Nappa leather trim, ambient lighting, an effective head-up display, and an excellent 12-speaker Bose sound system. The overall design and quality rivals Audi. with touches like real aluminum and rosewood accents. There’s a lot of advanced technology, as well, including adaptive cruise control, forward collision prevention, and lane keeping assist.
With handsome styling, a stellar interior, and a decent turbo-four, the CX-9 once again stands out in its segment. Its Real MPG results could’ve been better, but at least it’s an improvement over the previous CX-9 and is competitive with other offerings in the segment. A Big Test comparison and the upcoming SUV of the Year competition should determine how well Mazda did its homework on its new family hauler.
2016 Mazda CX-9 (Signature)
Front-engine, AWD, 7-pass, 4-door SUV
2.5L/227-hp/310-lb-ft turbo DOHC 16-valve I-4
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT
199.4 x 77.2 x 67.6 in
EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON
160/125 kW-hrs/100 miles
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2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD First Test
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22 CITY / 28 HWY
- Nice interior in Signature trim
- Drives as well as you’d expect from a Mazda
- Attractive-for-a-big-crossover styling
You Won’t Like
- Automatic braking system can be a little overactive
- Not as big inside as class leaders
- Real MPG results fall below EPA fuel economy
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