2014 Mazda CX-9

2014 Mazda CX9

LUXURIOUS PEOPLE AND CARGO MOVER The Mazda CX-9 received a mild update in model year 2013 with attention paid to its new front fascia ‘KODO’

design language so 2014 models of this great 3-row, 7-passenger mid-size crossover with new color options, a new 20 inch wheel design and the availability of Rear Cross Traffic Alert that my test CX-9 came with.
The Grand Touring model that I am testing leaves nothing to the imagination offering the discriminating consumer looking for a large crossover sport utility with dramatic yet refined styling, superb driving dynamics, dependable safety, and a luxury interior with a very versatile cargo management system.
The KODO design language shows an aggressive edge and grace, vigor and self-assurance, strength and class.  The CX-9 looks like it is moving when parked.  The new five point black grille with chrome surround has a slight snarl that lead to the big lamp clusters with HID headlights.  Just below at the sides are round foglamps surrounded with chrome bezels.  Giving the new CX-9 an even more aggressive look is the full lower bodykit in contrasting black that lowers the center of gravity enhancing its handling abilities.  From the side are steeply raked windshield A-pillars, aero-styled power-remote/heated sideview mirrors, large chrome pull-out handles and a chrome strip surrounding the greenhouse giving the look from the side an extra luxury touch.  The flared fenders are nicely stuffed with the new 20X7.5 inch stain chrome aluminum alloy wheels wrapped with 245/50R20 inch all-season radial tires. Out back are large, wraparound lamp clusters, a thin chrome strip in between, a spoiler up top of the power liftgate, a bold rear bumper with a polished stainless steel step, and large, round, dual exhaust tips jutting out from under the bumper.  The total look is sleek, luxurious with an aggressive bent all backed up by Mazda’s famous ZOOM, ZOOM power and driving dynamics.
2014 Mazda CX9
The 3.7 liter, DOHC, all-aluminum V6 engine features variable intake valve timing and is rated at 273hp at 6,250rpm and 270lb.ft. of torque at 4,250.  That’s plenty of power and torque to quickly move the CX-9 out from a stop and easily merge onto fast moving highway traffic.  Transferring power to the front wheels is a smooth shifting Aisin sourced six-speed Sport AT automatic transmission with sequential shifting from the gated shifter allowing me to hold lower gears when needed.  Mazda’s Active Torque All-Wheel-Drive system is optional.
2014 Mazda CX9 Engine
Agility and poise comes from the fun-to-drive fully independent suspension systems of the new CX-9.  Nimble and stable at slow or high speeds emanates from the fully independent front and rear suspension.  Up front is a MacPherson setup with coil springs, and a stabilizer bar.  The rear is a multi-link setup with gas-charged shocks, coil springs and a stabilizer bar.  The ride is precise when maneuvering around slow city traffic and very solidly planted at highway cruising speeds.  The power-assisted, speed sensitive, variable assist rack & pinion steering is perfectly boost for slow parking lot driving and when I drove on the highway.  Quick and precise response to my inputs gave me the confident to drive with the fastest traffic.
Big, power-assisted, vented at each wheel, steel disc brakes quickly slowed the CX-9 down from speed.  Up front are 12.6 inch vented discs clamped with dual-piston calipers and 12.8 inch vented discs clamped with single-piston calipers are in the rear.  My braking abilities are enhanced with standard ABS, EBD, BA and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with Traction Control to keep me on my intended path when braking hard on wet or slick pavement.  DSC also helped the CX-9 keep its composure when I was cornering too fast entering a freeway cloverleaf.  The new CX-9 has what it takes to keep any driving enthusiast happy at the wheel especially during long drives and when carrying large amounts of cargo or up to seven people.
2014 Mazda CX9
The interior of the CX-9 is roomy, comfortable, ergonomic, luxurious, organized, and very safe utilizing premium materials throughout.  Sitting on a 113.2 inch wheelbase, the CX-9 offers a lot of length for design minds to play, with plus an overall width of 76.2 inches giving a roomy interior for seven adults with plenty of leg, head and shoulder room.  For versatility points, the 60/40-split fold-down second row easily accommodates three passengers and offers approximately five inches of fore-and-aft travel in addition to a reclining backrest.  In the 50/50-split fold-down third row, seating position and legroom are among the leaders in the mid-size crossover SUV segment, both in numbers and rear-world comfort.  Access into the third row is effortless with nearly 26-inches of ingress space between the folded second-row seat and the C-pillar.  Extra thought was made in all the finer functionality details-such as how the seat releases are configured.  For example, releasing the second row seat in order to enter the third row requires only one simple hand motion to unlatch the seat and move it forward.  Likewise, a clever strap attached behind the third row seat’s backrest serves as both a release for folding the seat down and as a means to pulling it back up.  With all seats occupied, the CX-9 provides 17.2 cu.ft. of cargo space, which eclipses many large sedans.  Both second and third row seat fold flat to provide up to 100.7 cu.ft. of storage space from the rear hatch and up towards the seat back of the front row.  My Grand Touring CX-9 features high-quality Bordeaux accent trim that is fitted along the door panels and hugging alongside an updated center console.  This detail is not overly brash but elegantly subtle.  A leather-wrapped shift knob is standard and feels perfect in my right hand.  The leather-wrapped/tilt/telescopic steering wheel is just the right size for comfort and ease of use.  It also features buttons for the premium Bose Centerpoint Surround Audio system with 10-speakers, Bluetooth and cruise control.  All of the seats are leather-trimmed with suede inserts.  The front bucket seats are cut deep to keep in and my passenger in place during hard cornering and feature 8-way power-adjustment on my seat and 4-way power adjustment for my front seat passenger.  My seat has 3-person memory and power lumbar adjustments.  Front and second-row seats are heated with tri-zone climate control including rear console air vents to help with air movement into the second and third rows.  The instrument cluster is easy to see and understand with a large speedometer/ tachometer and smaller gauges for fuel and engine coolant temperature.  A trip computer has readouts just above the center stack.  The center stack is surrounded with thin chrome and black piano veneer.  The large climate control dials are surrounded with knurled chrome to more easily use with gloves.  All buttons, dials and switches are easily used and fully illuminated for safe nighttime travel.  The center console features dual cupholders, an open storage bin and an armrest with a deep and wide storage bin.  Standard equipment in the Grand Touring ‘top-of-the-line CX-9 not mentioned above include power windows with front express up/down, power door locks, rear privacy glass, dual map lights, grab handles above each door, keyless entry with auto unlock button next to the chrome front door handles, USB audio input, AM-FM-CD-Sirius satellite radio-HDD audio system, auto-dimming rearview mirror, second-row reading lamp, rear cargo lamp, one-touch power moonroof, a 5.8 inch multi-informational display, navigation system, Pandora, MP3 player, remote fuel filler door, smartphone connection, illuminated entry, lighted dual vanity mirrors, map pockets behind the front seatbacks, storage slots in each door, second-row pull-down armrest with dual cupholders, chrome door handles, 3-12-volt plugs, an auxiliary jack, rain-sensing wipers/washers, rear wiper/washer, a towing package with 3,500 pounds of towing capacity, thick-pile full carpeting and front signature floor mats with floor mats for the second-row.
2014 Mazda CX9 Dashboard
Standard safety features include tire pressure monitoring, 3-row side curtain airbags with rollover protection, advanced front dual/side airbags, side impact beams, 7-3-point safety belts with front pretensioners/load limiters, triple ‘H’ body construction, front/rear crumple zones, LATCH system for child seats, Blind Spot Metering and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
2014 Mazda CX9
The 2014 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring has it all for large families, personal business needs, towing for weekend fun, comfort, luxury, connectivity, safety and Mazda’s signature ZOOM, ZOOM power and driving dynamics to give it a fun-to-drive ability whether driving in the city or out on the highways.
COPYRIGHT: 2014: HARVEY SCHWARTZ

SPECIFCATIONS

Total length: 200.6 inches

Overall width: 76.2 inches

Overall height: 68 inches

Wheelbase: 113.2 inches

Track: f/r-65.1/64.7 inches

Approach angle: 16

Departure angle: 21.1

Turning circle: 18.7 feet

Headroom: f/m/r-38.4/39/35.4 inches

Legroom: f/m/r-40.9/39.8/32.4 inches

Passenger volume: 127.7 cu.ft.

Fuel tank: 20.1 gallons

Curb weight: 4,323 pounds

EPA mileage: 17mpg/city, 24mpg/highway

Price: $35,035.00 base/$38,515.00 fully loaded