We are a Mazda family, and this opening from the 2016 Mazda CX-9 beautifully describes why we are that.
“Zoom-Zoom. All children instinctively know it. A few adults still remember it. One unique car company refuses to outgrow it. In grown-up language, it means the exhilaration and liberation that come from experiencing sheer motion. But as usual, children put it much better and simply call it “Go Zoom-Zoom.” We practice it every day. It’s why we build the kind of cars we do. Zoom-Zoom. Can we reawaken it in you today?”
The 2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature All Wheel Drive that we reviewed in this stunning machine gray is a thing of beauty! Read on to let us reawaken that inner child in you as you experience that Zoom-Zoom feeling once again with us…
As a luxurious family vehicle, the 2016 Mazda CX-9 is a sporty and sleek full size crossover vehicle engineered with Skyactiv G 2.5-liter turbocharged engine which basically means that it provides excellent fuel efficiency without compromising performance. You will not experience any “turbo lag” in this vehicle; just a smooth fast ride once your foot hits the gas pedal. As we expected, we were very pleased with the driving experience the Mazda CX-9 provided us. As a company that promotes the motto “Driving Matters,” we know that they care about the experience with the details they provide in their automobiles. They show you their dedication even more with the added feature of the I-Actvisense Safety Technology. This technology alerts you to the dangers while driving through the use of sensors and cameras. Basically, if you start to swerve off road, it will alert you and gently pull the car back to the lane.
The CX-9 7 passenger comes equipped with four doors and a rear hatch providing plenty interior room. The front seats are fully adjustable allowing you to move forward, recline, or lower or higher. With the 60/40 spilt fold-down and reclining 2nd row seats, riders will enjoy the comfort of sitting in the 2nd row. It even has a center folding armrest with integrated storage, cup holders and 2 USB charging ports. Third row access is provided in this vehicle with an easy slide. The 3rd row provides 50/50 split fold-down seating.
The NAPPA leather seating and genuine Rosewood trim makes this quite stylish and comfortable. If you did not know, Rosewood is what is used to make some of the finest instruments in the world. Imagine sitting in a vehicle with that! It seriously gives you feeling of driving in luxury.
With 27 HW MPG, the handling of this full size crossover provides a smooth and quiet ride that allows the driver to control the extras while driving. With an easy to read dash with a variety of high-tech tools, you can do many things just from the steering wheel such as answer and make phone calls, lower or raise the volume, and even change the radio stations. My favorite feature is the voice command that allows me to call my family as we are out and about.
As a current Mazda owner, the Mazda CX-9 has a great navigation system with an eight-inch full color touchscreen display. Mazda’s touchscreens are easy to read and feature many cool options. One of my favorite features is the speed limit indicator that is designed to inform drivers on what the speed limit is on each road. It even changes as your speed exceeds the limit. Plus, there is nothing like the Mazda Navigation system. I have been using my iPhone to navigate from place to place. Having the directions clear and easy to see on the touchscreen screen will make getting from place to place.
The HUD (Heads-Up Display) or Active Driving Display (noted in the picture above) is located above the dash of the driver. It is a reflective screen that can be moved to adjust to the driver’s height. The screen provides the driver with a digital view of the car’s current speed. The numbers are easy to read and do not interfere at all with the driver’s view of the road. This allows you to focus on driving and not worrying about looking at your dash to determine your speed!
If you have been following me for any length of time, you will know that one of my favorite features to highlight in a car is the stereo system. The 2016 Mazda CX-9 is equipped with a Bose Centerpoint 2.0 Surround Sound System. With TWELVE speakers, this music lover knows firsthand what great sound quality is and the Bose sound system is where it is at! Of course, we also took advantage of syncing our iPhones to the vehicle and so we could enjoy everything that we have downloaded. And I can’t fail to mention the Sirius XM system in the CX-9. You have a variety of entertainment and genre choices with this. Our dials pretty much stayed on 25 and 26.
As if it could not get any better, it does! The rear camera feature is really superior to any I have tried before. The image and resolution are crystal clear and proved to be quite useful when traveling through the various terrains in our area.
The LED headlights are absolutely amazing! The winding mountain roads are DARK and hard to navigate through. Having a vehicle that properly illuminates the road is a necessity. With an adaptive front lighting system, I had no trouble seeing the roads at night! The lights in the vehicle turn with you as you turn through corners and curves allowing you to visually see what lies before you. This is such a great feature to have especially when you live where we do. It helps aid in spotting lurking animals, and it helps you see the winding roads ahead of you.
One last thing I would love to say about this company before I close out this blog post and we get ready to hit the road. Mazda cares about others. Each time I have been given the wonderful opportunity to test drive one of their cars, I am given a $25 gift card to give to a charity of my choice from Mazda. Now I do not know about you but I love a company that supports giving back! It makes me happy to know that the Mazda 6 we invested in is from a company that knows the importance of giving back.
Overall, the Mazda CX-9 is one fine sleek operating crossover that drives extremely smooth and well. It has strong a performance and if you are looking for a luxurious family vehicle that has some zoom-zoom, you gotta check out the Mazda CX-9!
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