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Turbocharged Engine Named to Wards 10 Best List

WardsAuto Recognizes Innovative Engineering

WardsAuto is a consumer publication that publishes a “10 Best” list of engines every year. To be named to the list is akin to Motor Trend naming one of your vehicles “Car of the Year,” so it’s no surprise the honchos at Mazda were thrilled to have the new SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine recognized for its ground breaking achievements. “We’re honored that WardsAuto has recognized our turbocharged SKYACTIV-G 2.5T, as it serves as validation of our innovation that everything we do is focused on creating value and strong trust with our customers,” according to Mazda director of engineering Kelvin Hiraishi. “This is who we are, and this principal is here to stay at Mazda.” The new engine makes its debut in the CX-9 midsize SUV, which you can test drive at Chapman Mazda on Bell Road.

Butterfly Valve Just Another Industry First

Mazda is used to creating “industry first” innovations, from its KODO – Soul of Motion design philosophy back to the old rotary engine. The SKYACTIV-G2.5T utilizes a unique butterfly valve as part of the Dynamic Pressure Turbo system. The valve intensifies the pressure, allowing the turbocharger to spool up quickly, providing plenty of torque for climbing hills, passing or getting out of trouble. “There are lots of power turbocharged four-cylinder engines out there, but Mazda’s 2.5-liter turbo stands out by using very elegant engineering to create especially smooth and abundant low-end torque for great everyday V-6-like performance in a sizable crossover SUV,” said Drew Winter, WardsAuto content director.

CX-9 Offers Three Rows of Affordable Seating

The Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV not only comes with the 250 horsepower SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine, but it also features three rows of seating to accommodate up to seven passengers at a very affordable price. The Sport model starts at just $31,520, yet still comes with LED headlights, tail lights and running lamps, power side mirrors, three-zone climate control and remote keyless entry. The base Sport also includes the Mazda Connect infotainment system that utilizes Bluetooth technology to stream music and offer hands-free communication.

Move up to the Touring model and you get a power liftgate, heated side mirrors and a large 8-inch color touch screen. The Touring model begins at $35,970 with features of much more expensive SUVs, such as an 8-way power driver seat with lumbar support, power passenger seat, leather-trimmed heated front seats, blind spot monitoring and much more. The Grand Touring model offers a power moonroof, adaptive front lighting, retractable window shades and a host of driver assistance safety features. The ultimate model is the Signature, which delivers all-wheel drive and a level of sophistication unheard of at its $44,015 starting price. Take a trip to Chapman Mazda on Bell Road today and see which CX-9 model best fills your needs.

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