2007 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring 4dr SUV
(3.5L V6 AWD 6-speed Automatic)
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
This Mazda CX-9 is a seven-passenger midsize crossover SUV. This top-of-the-line Grand Touring model has heated seats, navigation system with rear park assist (with rearview camera) and a power rear hatch and towing hitch which makes this vehicle perfect for camping. I can add bike racks and sports/luggage/ski racks with advance notice. Loaded with options also includes Bose audio, a sunroof, a six-disc CD changer, 20-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, mirror-mounted turn signal repeaters, rain-sensing wipers, keyless start, wood cabin accents, memory driver seat presets and special blue cabin illumination.
Interior Design and Special Features
Mazda's design heritage shows up via the dash and steering wheel designs, which echo those of the Miata and RX-8 sports cars. The tall center console reinforces the sporty feel, enveloping the driver in the cockpit. Two-tone upholstery as well as wood and metallic accents give the Grand Touring model a luxurious feel, while features such as rear park assist and a power liftgate make parking and shopping less stressful. The highlight of the cabin is the roomy two-passenger third-row seat, which is well-shaped and roomy enough for a 6-footer. Access to that third row is eased by large rear door openings and the fold-and-slide second row. Cargo capacity stands at 17.2 cubic feet with all seats up, 47.5 cubes with the third seat folded and a massive 100.7 cubes with the second and third rows down.
The Mazda CX-9 features a not-just-for-kids third-row seat along with the sporty styling and enthusiast-oriented performance expected from this brand. In terms of size, the Mazda is bigger than the now-departed MPV minivan and even about 11 inches longer than a Honda Pilot. As is typical for this class, the Mazda CX-9 provides owners with a high driving position, generous cargo capacity and the ability to take on slippery roads worry-free. Inside, the second row can slide fore and aft by about 5 inches and the third row has enough legroom to handle adults on a short-term basis.
Powertrains and Performance
The Mazda CX-9 is powered by a new V6 that makes a healthy 263 horsepower and 249 pound-feet of torque. And it will happily run on 87 octane gas. Mazda's senior family vehicle also offers sporty driving dynamics thanks to a performance-oriented suspension design. A six-speed automatic with a manual mode is the sole transmission. The AWD system operates in front-drive mode until slippage is detected, at which point up to 50 percent of the power can be sent to the rear wheels. Well-matched gear ratios in the quick-thinking automatic make the most of the V6's available power, giving the over 2-tons-plus CX-9 a "light on its feet" feel whether battling downtown traffic or blending onto a fast-moving freeway. Towing capacity is rated at 3,500 pounds.
Thanks to its sporty DNA, rakish good looks and real-world versatility, Mazda CX-9 will serve renters quite well
Antilock disc brakes, stability control (including roll stability control), a tire-pressure monitor, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags come standard on all trim levels of Mazda CX-9.
The V6 has strong pull through the midrange, as well as impressive smoothness and a sporty sound when the whip is cracked. Despite the power on tap, the front-drive version is free of annoying torque steer. The six-speed gearbox is well sorted, as it snaps off timely shifts without hesitation. When pressed through a twisty section of blacktop, the 2007 Mazda CX-9 feels buttoned down and lighter than it really is, thanks to the sport-tuned suspension and low-profile tires. The steering is precise and direct.