For those of us who like driving sedans but require considerable passenger and cargo room, there’s the 2009 Mazda CX-9. Exhibiting a polished yet stalwart appearance, the CX-9 crossover disguises its utilitarian sensibilities with smooth lines, curvy fenders, dual exhaust outlets, and a sloping roof complete with a spoiler. This three-row unibody ute—virtually unchanged from 2008 and sharing many of its design cues with the Ford Edge—seats up to seven people, accommodating even adults comfortably in its rear-most row. When the second- and third-row seats are folded, there’s approximately 100 cubic feet of space suitable for hauling everything from camping gear to furniture. Given its downright practicality, the CX-9’s ideal for an active family. On the road, this forceful sport utility gets underway with ease (thanks to an ample 273-horsepower V6 engine), and offers quiet cruising and decent handling. A front-wheel drive is standard but an active torque-split all-wheel configuration is also available. Three trim levels are offered: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. The basic Sport version is equipped with steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, Bluetooth hands-free capability, front cloth bucket seats, and a six-speaker AM/FM/CD sound system. Optional accessories, depending on the packages available, include a power sunroof, voice-command navigation system, heated front seats and an eleven-speaker Bose sound system with a rear-seat entertainment system.
Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring
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