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PostHeaderIcon 2020 Ford Explorer vs 2019 Mazda CX-9

The sleek 2019 Mazda CX-9 SUV is one of the least-obvious rivals of the 2020 sixth-generation Explorer. The two models share nothing in terms of exterior design, and this affects the cabin as well. The Mazda is also only available with only one engine and one transmission, and you can only get it with either FWD or AWD. There’re a lot of options if you’re in the market for a three-row SUV and Ford should take into consideration all of its rivals if it wants to keep topping the sales charts with the latest Explorer. Sure, the Mazda CX-9 isn’t for the same kind of person as the Ford but, size wise, they play ball in the same league so here’s how the two stack up against one another.

PostHeaderIcon 2016 Mazda CX-9 Priced from $31,520

2016 Mazda CX-9

If you are in the market for a premium, midsize, three-row crossover SUV, skip the obvious choices and have a look at the new 2016 Mazda CX-9. The car looks refreshingly different from the other contenders in this segment, it has Mazda’s legendary quality and driving fun, and best of all, it starts at just $31,520.

That is what you pay for a 2016 Mazda CX-9 in Sport trim which comes as standard with LED headlights and taillights,fabric seating surfaces, an electronic parking brake, 18-inch wheels, rear backup camera, trailer stability assist, and MAZDA CONNECT infotainment. If you spend an extra 950 bucks on the Sport Package, you’ll also get power driver’s seat, heated front seats and heated door mirrors.

Next up in the trim grade is the CX-9 Touring, boasting auto-dimming rearview mirror, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, HomeLink garage door openers, black- or sand-colored leather seating surfaces, Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry System, a power liftgate, power front seats, and an eight-inch MAZDA CONNECT. This one starts at $35,970.

The Grand Touring 2016 Mazda CX-9 is the one that comes next, featuring Adaptive Front-lighting System, 20-inch wheels, aluminum interior trim, Mazda’s first Active Driving Display that projects instrument and navigation information onto the windshield, high-beam control, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Smart Brake Support, roof rails and memory settings on top of what you get with the previous trims. Prices start from $40,170.

The range-topping model is the Signature, starting from $44,015, adding i-ACTIV all-wheel drive, Auburn-colored Nappa leather, rosewood supplied by Japanese guitar-maker Fujigen, LED signature accent grille lighting and LED accent lighting around the automatic shifter.

All 2016 CX-9 models are powered by the same SKYACTIV-G 2.5T turbo engine developing 250 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox.

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PostHeaderIcon Mazda CX-9 Crossover Teased for L.A. Debut

Mazda Motor Corporation - Mazda CX-9 - photo

Mazda has released the first sketch of a new generation of their famous large SUV which they will be revealing at the upcoming Los Angeles Motor Show. The all-new Mazda CX-9 three-row midsize crossover SUV comes with fresh looks and new features.

If Mazda’s recent products are any indication, the new CX-9 will not share that many characteristics with its predecessor. Most of the features of the car will be new and exclusive, but inspired by the company’s current trend in design.

Mazda CX-9 Crossover will benefit from the latest SKYACTIV technologies and KODO design principles. That, in plain English, means it will be striking to look at, pretty zippy and fun to drive, and satisfactorily efficient as well. And of course you get Mazda’s legendary reliability and quality. You really can’t ask for more from an affordable mid-range SUV.

2015 Los Angeles Auto Show runs from November 20 to 29.

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PostHeaderIcon Mazda CX-9

Launched for the 2006 model year, the Mazda CX-9 has soldiered on relatively unchanged until now. The facelifts that Mazda rolled out in 2010 and 2013 brought only minor changes that included new front grilles, updated headlamps, and restyled bumpers. In 2008, Mazda ditched the 3.5-liter V-6 in favor of a 3.7-liter unit, but the larger engine, the only survivor of the brand’s partnership with Ford, has remained unchanged to this day. All told, the current CX-9 is long in the tooth and is long overdue for an overhaul. Fortunately, the much needed redesign has arrived at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show and will hit dealerships for the 2017 model year.

Previewed by the Mazda Koeru concept, the second-generation CX-9 received the company’s Kodo design language and a high-quality interior with premium materials. The engine under the SUV’s long hood is also new. Horsepower is down compared to the previous model, but the new SkyActiv unit pumps significantly more torque to the wheels and returns better fuel economy.

Mazda says that the new CX-9 represents a “capstone for the new generation of Mazda cars and crossovers and a high-end model indicating what is to come.” We’ll find out whether that’s true or not in the second quarter of 2016, when the SUV is scheduled to hit dealerships. U.S. sales will commence next spring. In the meantime, be sure to check the review below for all the important details about the new CX-9.

Updated 02/12/2016: The new Mazda CX-9 went into production at the Ujina Plant No. 1 in Hiroshima. The first units produced will be shipped to the North American market, which is expected to account for 80% of global sales forecast at 50,000 units annually. Sales will begin later in the spring of 2016.

Continue reading for my speculative review of the 2016 Mazda CX-9.

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