2016 Mazda CX-9: Monthly Update for October 2017
by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Manager
Where Did We Drive It?
News flash: Summer is over, which means road-trip season is nothing but a wistful memory. This reality also spells bad news for our 2016 Mazda CX-9, not only because it doesn't get to stretch its legs and see new places but also because it's never been thirstier.
But the staff's overall sentiment of the CX-9 hasn't soured one bit — we're still convinced it's one of the better options in the class, especially if you value an engaging driving experience. And when your days transition back to a routine commute as ours have, every ounce of driving bliss helps.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
With only 500 miles added to the CX-9's odometer this month, composed mainly of short commutes in traffic, we've continued to deflate our efficiency record to a lifetime average of 20.9 mpg (down from 21.1 last month).
Our monthly average was an insignificant improvement over last month's 16 mpg, despite recording a new single-tank low of 14.8 mpg. We've decided to withhold the identity of the lead-footed offender for the time being.
Average lifetime mpg: 20.9 mpg
EPA mpg rating: 23 combined (21 city/26 highway)
Best-fill mpg: 26.7
Best range: 461.4 miles
Current odometer: 20,672 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"I hadn't driven the CX-9 for a while and I was reminded how good this SUV is. I've never driven a three-row SUV that feels this light and nimble. If you want to haul the family around without feeling like you're driving a tank, the CX-9 is the way to go." — Ron Montoya, senior consumer advice editor
"Perhaps I have the latest iOS to blame, but pairing through Bluetooth with my iPhone took an inordinate length of time. It actually timed out a couple times before successfully connecting. Could this become the new dial-up internet of our generation?" — Jonathan Elfalan, road test manager
"The CX-9's cozier cabin and light-footed nature truly belie its size. In fact, it's longer than most other offerings in the segment, but it doesn't feel all that big when you're behind the wheel, or in any other seat for that matter. I love it for my solo morning surf sessions, but would probably need roof racks if taking people and gear along for a weekend beach trip." — Jonathan Elfalan