LA Auto Show: 2016 Mazda CX-9

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In its first comprehensive redesign since its 2006 debut, the 2016 Mazda CX-9 offers a wide array of updates to buyers searching for a three-row crossover.


What Is It?

The 2016 Mazda CX-9 is the successor to the first-generation CX-9 that was growing a bit long in the tooth. This new version is fully in form with Mazda’s overarching SKYACTIV design philosophy, which emphasizes efficiency in every aspect. Competitors about, from the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot to the Chevrolet Traverse and Kia Sorento.


What Mazda Says:

“With the new CX-9, engineers sought to instill driving dynamics befitting of a Mazda—agile handling, tight steering and a responsive, controllable powertrain.”


What’s New For 2016:

  • New SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter engine with the world’s first Dynamic Pressure Turbo
  • Mazda claims significant weight loss – 198 pounds in the front-wheel drive version and 287 pounds for the all-wheel drive
  • Quietness – Mazda claims a 12 percent reduction in interior noise
  • Safety features such as Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) and a Distance Recognition Support System (DRSS)


When Will It Go On Sale?

Spring 2016.