The all-wheel-drive model had a feel that could be called rubbery, that weakened the connection between the vehicle and the driver. It just isn't going to happen. Active Torque-Split all-wheel drive is an extra-cost option. Good for long trips or just trips around town. One nice touch is a full-width chrome strip across the top of the black-out grille opening, which flows across the top of the large, centered Mazda logo. One is that it is so easy to climb into the front seats.
There is a slight, uphill slant. For the driver who wants to be a bit more involved, on mountain roads, for example, the transmission shift lever can be moved to one side, which then allows the driver to manually shift gears by tapping the lever. It is a system that works well with the computer doing a good job of blending the upshifts and downshifts to avoid any jerks or stumbles. Doing more with less is the Mazda mantra, forced from being a small company with a shoestring budget. Overall, we think Mazda's biggest vehicle is a strong choice this year for a midsize or large crossover. The 3rd row seating is best in class.
Cargo capacity stands at 17. Its fresh design should make it appealing for shoppers tired of older but still capable vehicles like the Pilot or Highlander. And it will happily run on 87 octane gas. Despite the power on tap, the front-drive version is free of annoying torque steer. The seat also has reclining backrests, offers easy access to the third row with a one-handed release and folds flat into the floor to optimize cargo room.
It is another example of what industry insiders often refer to as a crossover vehicle. The all-wheel-drive model sends most of the power to the front wheels in normal driving. I love to keep my cars for at least 10 years. One nice touch is a full-width chrome strip across the top of the black-out grille opening, which flows across the top of the large, centered Mazda logo. This is a fun vehicle to drive gets lot of looks and is a class of its own. The second row can also be folded down easily.
That places it higher than the five-passenger and the three-row Saturn Outlook and. This includes electronic stability control which help the driver maintain control, and air curtains, which provide head protection in a side-impact crash. One is that it is so easy to climb into the front seats. Despite its substantial size and weight, it acquits itself surprisingly well on curvy country roads and rides smoothly and quietly at freeway speeds. The price for the responsive handling, however, is a relatively stiff ride on anything but a smooth surface. Its instrument panel has quad chrome-ringed gauges under a prominent hood and a logically laid-out audio and climate control area bounded by rich wood spears plunging from dash-top to floor and mirroring similar pieces in the door panels.
I am trying to make it last another 3 years. That releases the seat and slides it forward. But with a wiggle and a twist an adult can reach the third row without a severe loss of dignity. It is another example of what industry insiders often refer to as a crossover vehicle. It is a challenge that the Mazda engineers met quite nicely, based on the Touring models I drove, one with front-wheel drive and the other with all-wheel drive.
The price for the responsive handling, however, is a relatively stiff ride on anything but a smooth surface. One thing fussy drivers might notice is a difference in the steering between the front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. I purchased this for my daughter was a wonderful car until a teen driver ran a stop sign and t-boned it. The steering on the front-wheel-drive model was much better. Buyers have a choice of black or beige interiors and the latter made the interior seem brighter and roomier. Added 20 inch black rims and painted brake calipers red.
Mazda says there is 17 cubic feet of cargo space with the third row upright. However, it doesn't create a completely flat cargo area. Carrying seven people means two up front, three in the second row and two in the hind quarters. Be sure to check Fair Purchase Prices to see what buyers are actually paying in your area. The mid-range Touring and top-line Grand Touring add leather trim, power front seats and more. The Assistant Package bundles a navigation system with rear park assist with rearview camera and a power rear hatch. The touch-screen features for the Nav system and Radio are straightforward and user friendly.
Pam's Cx-9 — Performance-great acceleration has a lot of get up and go. It powers the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission or all four with Mazda's available Active Torque-Split all-wheel drive. The passengers will just have to suffer quietly while Mom or Dad has fun at the wheel. Then, one looks around and sees that it is a quite a roomy vehicle. With both sides down the result is 48 cubic feet of space.