by Brent Romans, Senior Editor
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.
by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on February 1, 2017
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.