2008 Mazda CX-9 Long-Term Road Test

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2008 Mazda CX-9: Track Testing

January 04, 2008

Mazda CX-9 Slalom -- Photo by James Riswick

The sports car of large crossovers did a commendable job at the track. In case you're wondering, it wasn't that much better than the Enclave. Specifically, the slalom speeds were basically equal. I've included the Buick's numbers for comparison purposes (in gray), but remember that numbers tell only so much of the story. In real-world driving, the CX-9 feels remarkably more agile thanks to its excellent steering, lighter weight and firm suspension.

James Riswick, Associate Editor @ 6,543 miles

0-30 - 2.8 seconds (3.0)
0-45 - 4.9 seconds (5.0)
0-60 - 7.4 seconds (7.9)
0-75 - 11.1 seconds (12.0)
1/4 Mile (ET/MPH) - 15.9 seconds @ 89.4 mph (16.2 @ 86.2)

Chief Road Test Editor Chris Walton: "With its traction control system off, the CX-9 easily lights its front tires. With near-zero spin, the Mazda makes its best numbers. It upshifts smartly right at redline. This new engine really wakes up this large-ish SUV."

30-0 - 34 feet (33)
60-0 - 133 feet (129)

Walton: "Firm pedal and rapid ABS cycle make for an uneventful series of stops."

.79 g
(.76 g)

Walton: "Understeers on the limit just under the stability control's threshold for intervention. Steering doesn't really load up much and remains fairly light."

SLALOM

58.3 mph (limited by undefeatable stability control)
(58.6 mph also limited by undefeatable stability control)

Walton: "Good yaw response and lively steering is ultimately snubbed by non-defeat VSC. Still, when VSC intervenes, it's not over zealous but simply corrects for a millisecond and releases.

(My apologies to the two blog comments I had to delete. The blog had a programming error and I had to re-post).

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