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2007 Mazda CX-9

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2007 Mazda CX-9 Review

A large crossover SUV that combines Mazda’s sportiness with a spacious interior and excellent performance.

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Overview

The 2007 Mazda CX-9 starts new for this model year. It serves as Mazda’s largest vehicle, and represents the larger of its two crossover SUVs introduced for this year. The CX-9 offers three rows of seating which accommodate up to seven passengers. It comes available in three trim levels: Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. All three trim levels provide a single engine and transmission option and either front or all-wheel drive.

The Range

Body Styles: crossover SUV
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed shiftable automatic
Models: Mazda CX-9 Sport, Mazda CX-9 Touring, Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring

What's New

The Mazda CX-9 begins as a new, large crossover SUV introduced for 2007.

Exterior

The exterior of the 2007 Mazda CX-9 shares many components with the Ford Edge. It features a honeycomb grille. The Sport and Touring models offer 18-inch alloy wheels; the Grand Touring model features 20-inch wheels. The CX-9 has a ground clearance of 8.1 inches. Its wheelbase measures 113.2 inches, and it stretches 199.6 inches in length.

Standard equipment on the CX-9 Sport includes P245/60R18 all-season tires, a rear spoiler, variable intermittent wipers, privacy glass, a rear defogger, an intermittent rear wiper, a rear liftgate door, power door locks, power windows, and power mirrors. Options include a sunroof and a power rear liftgate. The Touring model features dusk-sensing headlights. Standard equipment exclusive to the Grand Touring model includes 20-inch polished alloy wheels with P245/50R V all-season tires, variable intermittent rain-sensing wipers, keyless ignition, a remote anti-theft alarm system with an engine immobilizer, fog lights, dusk-sensing xenon HID headlights, and turn signal mirrors.

Interior

As Mazda’s first SUV to offer three rows of seats, the CX-9 features a roomy interior. Even the third-row seats fit adults. The second-row seats slide forward to allow for easy entry to the third row. Cargo capacity with all seats in place totals 17.2 cubic feet; with the third-row seat folded flat, cargo capacity increases to 47.5 cubic feet, and it reaches a full 100.7 cubic feet with both the second- and third-row seats folded flat.

The appearance of the instrument cluster copies that of other Mazda vehicles. The high driving position enhances the driver’s visibility. Standard features include cloth upholstery, bucket front seats, a split-folding rear seatback, a reclining rear seat, a manual-folding split-bench third-row seat, rear ventilation ducts with fan control, cruise control, a front console with storage, speed-proportional power steering, 12V power outlets, a leather-wrapped tilt and telescoping steering wheel, interior air filtration, three-zone climate control, leather interior trim, a tachometer, external temperature display, and an AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers.

The Touring model adds heated driver and passenger seats, an eight-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support and height adjustment, a four-way power passenger seat, leather upholstery, power heated mirrors, steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise control functions, pre-wiring for cell phone use, and Bluetooth connectivity. The Grand Touring model features alloy, wood, and leather interior trim and memory settings for three drivers.

Options include a six-disc CD changer, satellite radio, a rear DVD entertainment system, a Bose audio system, a navigation system with a rear-view camera, and rear parking assist.

Performance & Handling

The 3.5-liter, V-6 engine generates 263 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. Unlike the CX-7, the CX-9 runs on regular gas, instead of premium. It pairs with a six-speed shiftable automatic transmission. The all-wheel-drive option sends all of the power to the front wheels during normal driving. If it senses limited traction, half of the power goes to the rear wheels, which makes the CX-9 an excellent vehicle in areas with snow- or ice-covered roads. A performance-tuned suspension and responsive steering make driving the CX-9 a pleasurable experience. The ride remains comfortable.

Safety

Standard safety equipment on the 2007 Mazda CX-9 includes four-wheel ABS, emergency braking assist, electronic brake force distribution, front and rear ventilated disc brakes, electronic stability control with rollover stability, traction control, tire pressure monitoring, MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear independent suspensions, front and rear stabilizer bars, front airbags, side-impact airbags, and side curtain airbags for all three rows of seating. All-wheel drive models add mechanical center differential and center and rear limited-slip differentials.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mazda CX-9 Sport front drive: 16/22 mpg city/highway
Mazda CX-9 Sport all-wheel drive: 15/21 mpg city/highway
Mazda CX-9 Touring front drive:16/22 mpg city/highway
Mazda CX-9 Touring all-wheel drive: 15/21 mpg city/highway
Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring front drive: 16/22 mpg city/highway
Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring all-wheel drive: 15/21 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Visibility
  • Interior quality
  • Highway handling

You Won't Like

  • Third-row seating not made for adults
  • Steering feels too light

Sum Up

A large crossover SUV that combines Mazda’s sportiness with a spacious interior and excellent performance.

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