Mazda CX-9 30,000-Mile Update: Running on Empty


WHAT WE LIKE: Torque. The CX-9’s 2.5-liter inline-four delivers all of its 310 lb-ft from as low as 2000 rpm, and the six-speed automatic is perfectly programmed to take advantage of this turbocharged, small-displacement engine. As a result, the big CX-9 never gets caught in the wrong gear, making it a satisfying hauler and urban runabout. On the highway, it runs quietly and tracks straight, leaving the driver free to admire the scenery and the CX-9’s handsome cockpit. You’d think that after more than a year of sliding behind the wheel we’d have grown tired of the rosewood trim and imitation-leather dash, Mazda’s faux-luxury interior appointments. But no, we’re still struck by how nice a place the front seat of the CX-9 is. READ MORE ››

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