11 Things Families Need to Know About the All-New 2016 Mazda CX-9

Taking design cues from both current Mazda models and Infiniti, Mazda has unveiled its all-new 2016 CX-9. Here are 10 things families need to know about the revamped model:

It’s Mazda’s largest use of KODO so far. The “Soul of Motion” design known as KODO is the aesthetic that the brand is using to keep their entire line’s look similar. So, it looks like a Mazda and that’s not a bad thing.

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Mazda developed a new engine just for the CX-9. The turbocharged SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine that delivers 310 lb-ft of torque at a low 2,000 rpm and 250 horsepower at 5,000 rpm.

The 2016 CX-9 is available in a new color- Machine Gray. The color and clear coat are usually reserved for Mazda’s concept vehicles but now it’s available in the as part of the line-up at dealerships. Additionally, CX-9 will be available in Soul Red, Snowflake White Pearl, Sonic Silver, Jet Black, Deep Crystal Blue and Titanium Flash.

It’s lost some weight. Mazda is touting the 198 lbs. weight loss in front-wheel-drive configuration trim levels and approximately 287 lbs. of loss in vehicles equipped with predictive i-ACTIV AWD. Less weight means better fuel efficiency.

Mazda made it quiet. The ’16 CX-9 is filled with more insulation than previous models, sound deadening mats and thicker windows. This all results in a 12 percent reduction in road noise.

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It seats seven. There are three rows but engineers redesigned the front seats with thinner seatbacks to allow for more legroom for the other rows.
Getting into the third row is easy. There are two LATCH/ISOFIX mounting points in the second row, with the right-side of the 60/40 split-fold seat having been designed to make it possible to accommodate a child seat staying in place while still allowing passengers third-row access.
CX-9’s i-ACTIVSENSE suite features new and notable safety features, including:
  • Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Mazda Radar Cruise Control
  • Lane-Keep Assist System and Lane Departure Warning
  • High Beam Control
  • Smart City Brake Support
  • Distance Recognition Support System and Forward Obstruction Warning
  • Smart  Brake  Support

The liftgate is flat inside. It doesn’t sound like it’s that important but when you’re packing for a road trip you’ll be thankful that the dimensions of the liftgate allow for it to flatly close and not intrude into the cargo area giving you more useable space. Plus, two storage bins reside underneath the cargo floor for extra storage.

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The infotainment technology is in line with the rest of the industry. MAZDA CONNECT uses both Bluetooth and cable-based connections via two  USB  ports accessible to front  passengers for functions like  Pandora or Aha by Harman music streaming. It also allows for hands free calling. The new CX-9 comes with a seven-inch or eight-inch MAZDA CONNECT touchscreen infotainment system.

Your kids can charge their tablets in the second row. There are two 2.1-amp USB ports in the second row, each mounted on the armrest.

 

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