Wednesday, October 20, 2010
2010 Mazda CX-9 review
The 2010 Mazda CX-9 is a large seven-passenger crossover SUV that's available in three trim levels: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. Stepping up to the Touring version adds heated mirrors, leather upholstery (for front- and second-row seats) and heated power front seats. Fuel economy is slightly below average, though, at an EPA-estimated 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway and 18 mpg in combined driving for front-wheel-drive models.
All-wheel-drive CX-9s drop by 1 mpg across the board
Standard safety equipment for all 2010 Mazda CX-9s includes antilock disc brakes with brake assist, stability control with a rollover sensor, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and active head restraints. An optional rearview camera is available on Touring and Grand Touring models, while a blind-spot warning system is standard on the Grand Touring.
A reworked split-lid center console bin improves access, and a redesigned steering wheel facilitates easier Bluetooth, audio and cruise control operation. The CX-9's second- and third-row seats can easily accommodate normal-size adults.
Like many large crossovers, the 2010 Mazda CX-9 provides a comfortable ride for long road trips. Surprisingly, the CX-9 also performs admirably on curvy roads.
The 2010 Mazda CX-9 ranks 5 out of 10 Affordable Large SUVs. For an SUV with plenty of room and a little zoom, check out the Mazda CX-9.
The 2010 Mazda CX-9 is an anomaly in the large SUV class, thanks to its curvy design and performance that comes with a touch of zoom-zoom. Reviewers love its attractive exterior, nimble performance and safety features. If you like the CX-9, compare it to other large crossovers like the GMC Acadia and Ford Flex. For 2010, the CX-9 gets a slight refresh. Mechanically, the CX-9 is pretty much unchanged.