Crossovers have always existed as a happy medium between a conservative family sedan and a full-size SUV. Mazda’s 2016 lineup has been nothing short of impressive with its innovative touch on many longtime favorites. In keeping the trend going, the 2016 CX-9 promises to be another fun twist on the crossover.
The Family Crossover
Since its first release as part of the 2006 model year, the CX-9 has remained relatively unchanged. In 2016, however, Mazda has brought more than just a facelift to the crossover. The CX-9, like most crossovers, has functioned as a smaller and more conservative SUV, perfect for families.
In terms of keeping your family safe, the CX-9 doesn’t disappoint. Like many designers of recent years, Mazda has dropped weight in the design of the vehicle’s chassis with a lighter steel that also adds strength to the structure. As a result, the CX-9 will not only drive lighter and smoother, but its strength is also more likely to protect your family in the event of a crash, and the lightweight design will help your brakes respond quicker.
The CX-9 also boasts Mazda’s i-ActiveSense system, which includes brake support, lane assist, blind spot monitoring, high beam control, distance recognition support, lane departure warning, and forward obstruction warning.
In addition to the safety inherent in the CX-9, the crossover also promises plenty of interior room and cargo space (official dimensions have not yet been announced). In terms of fuel efficiency, there hasn’t been any official word on fuel economy, but with the SkyActiv turbo engine, which is intuitively designed to get more out of every drop of fuel, the CX-9 is bound to be one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in its class.
How Does the CX-9 Make the Crossover Fun?
While people love crossovers for their family-friendly design and capabilities, many lament the lack of power in their vehicle. The CX-9 changes all that with a powerful 2.5 liter, four-cylinder, turbocharged engine capable of producing 250 horsepower and 310 pounds per foot of torque. That may not be up to the power of your sports car, but it’s a considerable amount of power for a crossover vehicle.
This power comes largely from the new SkyActiv turbo engine, which has a higher compression ratio due to its direct injection design. Thanks to SkyActiv, the crossover will have quicker response and a lack of turbo lag that you would find in many other turbocharged vehicles.
On the technology side and in addition to the i-ActiveSense, the CX-9 also has an available projector-style display instead of a screen that flips out of the dashboard. The heads-up display will project information directly onto the windshield. The 2016 will also feature Mazda Connect, a system that allows you to access certain smartphone apps such as Aha and Pandora.
Although an official price has not been announced for the forthcoming CX-9, it will likely cost upwards of $30,000. The crossover probably won’t be released until later in 2016, but it already promises to live up to expectations as Mazda’s way of making the crossover more fun.