Mazda North American Operations has priced the 2016 Mazda CX-9, its newest three-row midsize crossover SUV, at MSRP starting from $31,520. In addition to the pricing, the company has also released its packaging information. The 2016 CX-9 has fun-to-drive handling dynamics, offers a first-rate experience, and comes with bold KODO, its Soul of Motion design.
MNAO’s Senior Vice-President for U.S. Operations Robert Davis said that the company had high expectations when it came to the 2016 CX-9 which included having a more responsive powertrain and providing a smoother yet quieter ride, among others.
As its flagship vehicle, Davis continued, the 2016 CX-9 shows the future of innovative technologies and features that the company believes will advance their vehicles in their respective segments. Under a Sport trim, the 2016 CX-9 will have the standard LED headlights and taillights, much like the 2016 MX-5 Miata roadster.
It will also have the fabric seating surfaces and the 18-inch wheels. There is also the rear backup camera, the electronic parking brake, and trailer stability assist. On the instrument panel is the MAZDA CONNECT infotainment that has the Commander control with information transmitted to the seven-inch color display.
The company will be offering the Sport Package which will now include the heated door mirrors, heated front seats, and even a power driver’s seat. The CX-9 Touring meanwhile will have the HomeLink garage door openers, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and auto-dimming rearview mirror.
It will have the power front seats with the leather seating surfaces coming in black or sand-colored. It will also offer a power liftgate, the Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry System, and the MAZDA CONNECT with the eight-inch touchscreen display.
There is also the Touring Premium Package, which adds in the LED fog lights, automatic on/off headlights, rain-sensing wipers, rear backup sensors, automatic Smart City Brake Support, sunroof, and second-row retractable sunshades.
A navigation system will be offered as well and will have the SiriusXM satellite radio where one can listen to music on the 12-speaker premium BOSE audio system. Enhancing the CX-9 lineup is the brand’s Grand Touring model.
Building upon the trim levels of the Sport and Touring, it uses aluminum for the interior trim, has the 20-inch wheels and the Adaptive Front-Lighting System. It will also be the first from Mazda to have the Active Driving Display.
This system projects the information from its navigation and instrument panel to the high-beam control, windshield, lane-keep assist, lane departure warning. It will also have the Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Smart Brake Support, roof rails and memory settings on the driver's seat.
The CX-9 Signature controls the top of the lineup and will have the brand’s predictive i-ACTIV all-wheel drive as standard. This is the system that makes use of 27 sensors in order to measure the conditions at a rate of 200 times for every second.
The system will then determine just how much power is needed on each wheel in order to have minimal wheels slip. For the interior, the CX-9 Signature will have the LED accent lighting on its automatic shifter, the LED signature highlight on its grille lighting, and the Auburn-colored Nappa leather.
The interior even has rosewood, which is supplied by none other than Fujigen, the well-known Japanese guitar-maker. Regardless of what model is chosen, all of them will be powered by the SKYACTIV-G turbocharged 2.5T engine. This engine can deliver a maximum torque of 310 lb.-ft. on 2,000 rpm, using the 87-octane or 93-octane gasoline.
Power is measured to be at 277 horsepower on the 87-octane and 250 horsepower on 93-octane. It will even have the EPA-estimated fuel-economy rating of 22 mpg for city, 28 mpg for highway, and 25 mpg combined using the front-wheel-drive configuration.
This is true regardless of the gasoline grade and is considered as class leading. Paired with the engine is the six-speed SKYACTIV-DRIVE automatic which is offered on i-ACTIV all-wheel drive or the front-wheel drive.