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2009 Mazda CX-9 Sport Review

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A side view of a 2009 Mazda CX-9 Sport

In short: A large and well-balanced seven-passenger crossover.

or 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.

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Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty; 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty; 5-year/unlimited-mile corrosion warranty.

Base Price: $29,820

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 7-passenger, 4-door crossover

Engine: 3.7-liter, 24-valve DOHC V6
Horsepower: 273 hp @ 6,250 rpm
Torque: 270 lb-ft @ 4,250 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic with sport-shift

Curb weight:
4,334 lbs
Wheelbase: 113.2 in
Length/Width/Height: 199.8/76.2/68 in
Turning circle: 37.4 ft

all-wheel power-assisted ventilated disc with ABS and electronic brakeforce distribution
Suspension: independent MacPherson strut in front; independent multi-link in rear; stabilizer bars in front and rear

Traction: dynamic stability control; roll stability control; traction control

0-60 mph: 7.8 seconds
60-0 mph: 127 ft
Top Speed: 119.3 mph

EPA City:
16 mpg
EPA Highway: 22 mpg

advanced dual front airbags; front side-impact airbags and side air curtains (from first to third row); tire pressure monitoring system; side-impact door beams; front and rear crumple zones; crushable brake pedal


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