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2016 Mazda CX-9: Monthly Update for October 2017

by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Manager

2016 Mazda CX-9

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.

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2016 Mazda CX-9: Monthly Update for September 2017

by Will Kaufman, Associate Staff Writer

2016 Mazda CX-9

Where Did We Drive It?
In spite of adding only about 550 miles in September, our 2016 Mazda CX-9 passed the 20,000-mile mark and we find we're mostly still smitten with the cheerful gray whale. Some quibbles aside, after road trips, commutes, inclement weather, light off-roading, and 63 tanks of gas, we still think the CX-9 is a great SUV.

To celebrate this milestone, I've gone through the record of our first 20,000 miles with the CX-9 and cherry-picked a few of this SUV's greatest hits. It's clear our Mazda impressed from the very beginning. Don't worry: I've left out all the mentions of our blue jeans rubbing off on the light upholstery. This is a celebration, so we won't revisit all 6,000 words of that.

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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 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

2016 Mazda CX-9

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 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

2016 Mazda CX-9

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 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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