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CX-9 has Welcome Spot in Long-term Test Program

‘Car and Driver’ Loves Entire Mazda Lineup

With a wide variety of vehicles going through their review program at any one given time, it’s impressive that the editors at Car and Driver magazine say the company they’re most impressed with is Mazda. “If we could marry a car company at this very moment, there’s little question it would be Mazda,” wrote the magazine’s Jeff Sabatini. Car and Driver is particularly in love with the Mazda CX-9 SUV, which was redesigned for 2016 and is part of the magazine’s long-term test program. Take a test drive and see just how impressive the new CX-9 is by taking a trip to Chapman Mazda on Bell Road.

Drives Smaller Than its Size

If you’re looking for a vehicle that fits seven people but doesn’t drive like a land yacht, consider the new Mazda CX-9. “On the road, the Mazda is in another league…with a tautness to its suspension that allows it to drive smaller than its size,” Sabatini wrote. “The CX-9 feels comparatively low to the ground and has quick sedan-like steering.” The turbocharged four-cylinder engine produces more torque than competitors, especially at low engine revolutions. This means you can get a jump off the line and merge onto freeways quickly, or pass those big trucks on long mountain runs.

CX-9 Comes in Four Trim Packages

If Mazda capability is something for which you yearn but you don’t want to break the bank, you can buy the Sport model of the Mazda CX-9 for just a shade over $20,000. You still get the seven-passenger seating, LED head and taillights, power everything, remote entry and a touch screen display. Move up to the Touring model for a power liftgate and heated side mirrors, while the Grand Touring model includes 20-inch alloy wheels and a power moonroof. The Signature model starts at $44,015, but comes with a long list of features including leather-trimmed seats and all-wheel drive.

Soul of Motion Design Provides Sophisticated Athleticism

Did you ever watch an athlete who makes everything look easy? That’s part of the theory behind Mazda’s KODO: Soul of Motion design philosophy. The Mazda CX-9 is a sophisticated-looking vehicle that delivers an air of composure and prestige even when it’s sitting in a parking lot. An elongated hood leads into a tapered roofline that is accentuated by sculpted sides to create an elegant design. Check out the beauty and simplicity of the CX-9 when you take a test drive at Chapman Mazda on Bell Road.

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