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2013 Mazda CX-9 Debut

The Mazda CX-9 gets a facelift, looks like siblings

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What's New

Mazda's larger SUV and family hauler--the 2013 Mazda CX-9--gets newer, attractive styling that help identify it with the automaker's new Kodo design language. Kodo, which means "soul of motion" in Japanese, is meant to evoke a feeling of motion even while the car is at rest. For now, the CX-9 will resist the Skyactiv efficiency strategy that the 2013 Mazda CX-5 and 2014 Mazda6 have boasted. In fairness, buyers of large, multi-row SUVs are not thinking about fuel economy as a top priority. So the plenty-powerful 3.7-liter V-6, rated at 17 mpg city and 24 mpg hwy will continue to power the CX-9. In addition to new front and rear-end styling, the SUV receives Mazda's new 5.8-inch media touch-screen, HD radio and Pandora, and Bluetooth.

Who It's For

With its well-appointed and spacious seven-passenger cabin, the CX-9 is a family hauler through and through. But unlike the Ford Flex or Chevy Traverse, Mazda's large SUV is relatively nimble on its feet. The CX-9 gives up a little bit of cargo room to the competition, but what it lacks for in cargo, it makes up for with ample seating in each row. While we'd like to see a bigger media screen, the new 5.8-in one in the 2013 CX-9 keeps the SUV current. For families and those looking at large SUVs, the CX-9 remains a competitive option.

Key Features

The 2013 Mazda CX-9 receives the latest Kodo design language to more closely resemble its attractive Mazda siblings.
  • New Kodo Styling on front and rear end
  • Powered by a 3.7-liter V-6, the CX-9 avoids the Skyactiv efficiency strategy for the time being
  • New 5.8-inch media touch-screen, Pandora, Bluetooth, HD radio
  • Roomy three-row, seven-passenger seating

What We Think

We like the 2013 Mazda CX-9's new styling, and think it keeps the able SUV fresh. The addition of a new media screen and system is welcome, although we'd like it to be bigger than 5.8 inches. Maintaining the roomy three-row seating and relatively nimble driving characteristics make the CX-9 a competitive SUV that will continue to please.

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