Review: 2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD – Part 5

So I’ve come to the end of my week long review of the Mazda CX-9. Now, what does it compete against? The Infiniti QX60, Acura MDX, Nissan Pathfinder, Hyundai Santa Fe XL, Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, and Toyota Hylander could be considered competitors. But I really think that there are four reasons why the CX-9 in the Signature trim level beats all of them:

  • Fuel economy is better in the CX-9 than in any of those vehicles.
  • The torque of the engine is better in the CX-9 than in any of those vehicles.
  • In my opinion, the exterior of the CX-9 looks better than any of those vehicles.

The fourth and most important reason is the interior. If you take the moonroof out of the mix which caused some amount of discussion amongst those who saw it, it has the best interior that I have seen in a car or SUV lately. One look and you’ll be impressed.

My final fuel economy was 10.6 L/100KM’s which is outstanding for a vehicle of this site. I did drive in a mix of city roads and highways, not to mention rush hour traffic. Thus the Skyactiv magic clearly works in the CX-9 very fuel efficient. And that 2.5L turbo engine really does motivate the CX-9.

Now the CX-9 Signature goes for $50,400. But you can get a CX-9 for $35,300. At that price range, that puts the CX-9 into the range of many shoppers who want a 7 passenger SUV. If that’s you, this is one SUV that you need to take a serious look at because quite frankly, Mazda has a winner in the form of the CX-9, and anything that competes against it is going to look like an also ran.


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