It's no easy feat to make a three-row SUV look sleek and attractive, but that's exactly what Mazda accomplished when the 2016 CX9 made its world debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. Compared to the previous CX-9 that was introduced in 2007, this redesigned model is shorter nose-to-tail by 1.2 inches but gains 2.2 inches between front and rear wheels. This should increase the already roomy passenger space.
Powering the 2016 Mazda CX-9 is a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine produces 227 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. Mazda projects that fuel economy will hit the best in class mark, besting the 3.7-liter V6 it replaces by 20 percent.
Our initial reactions to the CX-9's cabin are positive, with an elegant wide cockpit, excellent materials and Mazda's praiseworthy infotainment system. On the safety front, the CX-9 will have available features that include blind-spot monitoring, frontal collision mitigation, lane-keeping assist and automatic high beams and a head-up display.
As we'd expect from Mazda, the CX-9 should benefit from strong performance and uncharacteristically nimble handling for the class, but we'll have to verify that as we get closer to the Spring 2016 launch date.
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