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2016 Mazda CX-9: Monthly Update for August 2017

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

2016 Mazda CX-9

Where Did We Drive It?
We made an attempt to go to Kings Canyon National Park in central California. Staff Writer Dan Frio pointed our 2016 Mazda CX-9 north from his home in Orange County for a three-day camping trip with his friend and their three young daughters. They didn't quite make it, however. Packed to the brim, the CX-9 proved too small for the trip, and Dan ended up meeting me in nearby Fresno, California, (where I live) to trade the CX-9 for the long-term Honda Ridgeline I was driving. We'll have a detailed writeup on Dan's experience in an upcoming stand-alone post but excerpts can be found in this monthly update.

Otherwise, our team used the CX-9 in August for typical commuting and the like, adding a total of about 1,600 miles. Overall, the CX-9 continues to be a staff favorite as we approach 20,000 miles on the odometer.

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2016 Mazda CX-9: Monthly Update for July 2017

by Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor

2016 Mazda CX-9

Where Did We Drive It?
In the month of July, our 2016 Mazda CX-9 went on two different road trips that rolled up the odometer to the tune of over 2,500 miles. The first trip was to Death Valley National Park on the California-Nevada border west of Las Vegas, and the second trip involved a drive to Fremont, California, for the unveiling of the Tesla Model 3.

Between those trips, the CX-9 handled the usual commuter duty and weekend errand running, two types of driving that our editors find the CX-9 well suited to thanks to its comfortable and spacious cabin.

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2016 Mazda CX-9: Monthly Update for June 2017

by Ron Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor

2016 Mazda CX-9

Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2016 Mazda CX-9 not only shuttled some of the women in our department to a work lunch, but it also took some of them to work and back. It also paid a couple visits to San Diego, California. Along the way, I was impressed with the CX-9's head-up display, Dan liked driving it in Sport mode, and Matt was digging the sound system.

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2016 Mazda CX-9: Monthly Update for May 2017

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Manager of Content Strategy

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Where Did We Drive It?
The long-term 2016 Mazda CX-9 continued to win plaudits in May for its punchy performance and — predictably, perhaps — its practicality. Senior Writer Carlos Lago rolled up many of this month's miles on a road trip to Lake Tahoe, while other staffers chipped in per usual with various commuting and errand-running ventures.

On the fuel economy front, we're inching closer to the EPA's estimate of 23 mpg in mixed driving, which is something of a welcome surprise in this era of highly rated turbocharged vehicles that struggle to deliver in the real world. Overall, it's hard to find anyone with a bad word to say about the CX-9 so far.

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2016 Mazda CX-9: Monthly Update for April 2017

by Brent Romans, Senior Editor

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Where Did We Drive It?

Due to some logistical requirements here at Edmunds, I was the sole driver of our long-term 2016 Mazda CX-9 for all of April. From the standpoint of getting to learn how the CX-9 performs common crossover SUV duties, it was ideal. I took my kids to school every morning, went grocery shopping, hauled booty home from Costco and Home Depot, and even took my family of five on a 700-mile road trip.

Granted, it's not the most exciting stuff to do with a car. (And yeah, by extension, my life probably isn't very exciting.) But I came away knowing the CX-9 is more than just a workhorse. It looks cool, has a premium interior and drives with verve for a three-row crossover.

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2016 Mazda CX-9: Monthly Update for March 2017

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing

2016 Mazda CX-9

Where Did We Drive It?
My parents are moving from one house to another along the rugged Oregon coast. They'd always figured they'd move closer to town eventually, but unforeseen circumstances made it necessary to rapidly accelerate the timetable. My help was needed to get them settled in and move some of the more sensitive items, and with heavy rain in the forecast I preferred to use a biggish three-row SUV. So I chose our 2016 Mazda CX-9, even though I'd just used it to make the same drive this past December.

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2016 Mazda CX-9: Performance Tested

by Michael Massey, Vehicle Testing Assistant

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After a full redesign for 2016, we were curious how the new Mazda CX-9 would handle itself at the test track. It's certainly not its natural environment, but seeing how the CX-9 deals with extreme situations is a window into its ability to save your bacon when something goes wrong on the road.

Check out the numbers and the comments of our test driver to see how it fared.

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2016 Mazda CX-9: Monthly Update for February 2017

by Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor

2016 Mazda CX-9

Where Did We Drive It?
What do you do when more than 42 feet of snow has accumulated on a mountain just 355 miles from your front doorstep? You drive toward it as quickly as possible, with snow gear in tow. And this month we did just that in our 2016 Mazda CX-9.

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2016 Mazda CX-9: Monthly Update for January 2017

by Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor

2016 Mazda CX-9

Where Did We Drive It?

We took delivery of our beautiful Titanium Flash Mica 2016 Mazda CX-9 in December, as Dan Edmunds noted in the CX-9's Long-Term Introduction. Dan also added some break-in miles over the holidays with a trip up to Oregon, during which he voluntarily tested the fold-flat "sleeping configuration" of the rear seats. But that's a story for another time.

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2016 Mazda CX-9: Monthly Update for December 2016

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing

2016 Mazda CX-9

Where Did We Drive It?
Our new 2016 Mazda CX-9 only arrived in mid-December, but it finished the month with 2,931 miles on the clock. That's because it set out on a whirlwind road trip before anyone had time to do a proper photo shoot or write the customary introductory article.

I blame myself. I needed a good-size crossover to make this long, present-laden journey bearable, and the all-wheel-drive Mazda's arrival could not have been better-timed. It spent a few days locally settling in before I pointed it north the morning of Christmas Eve.

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2016 Mazda CX-9: Introduction

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on February 1, 2017

2016 Mazda CX-9

Nine years is a long time for a vehicle to soldier along virtually unchanged, but that's how long the first-generation Mazda CX-9 hung around. It was able to pull it off because the 2007 debut model came out of the gate strong as an attractive and functional crossover that was satisfying to drive, and its run was bolstered by timely face-lifts in 2010 and 2013.

The 2016 Mazda CX-9 adheres to the same successful formula, but every inch of this second-generation model has been modernized and redesigned. After all, the outgoing model was conceived when the auxiliary jack seemed like a neat idea. But this new one offers a sophisticated touchscreen navigation system, full smartphone integration and a wide array of driver assistance technologies.

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