BY H. THROTTLE
I have driven my first Mazda and I hope that it will not be my last. The 2017 Mazda CX-9 Signature edition all-wheel drive is outstanding. I see many of them on the highway and there is a dealership on South Broadway.
Quality is the first thought that comes to mind driving this CX-9 from start to stop. The 20-inch wheels add to the comfortable ride on the attractive napa leather trimmed seats. Driver’s seat has lumbar controls to add to the already comfortable heated front seats.
This vehicle is entirely manufactured in Hiroshima, Japan and it is like a fine suit of tailored clothing. The dashboard has sharp instrumentation and the interior is auburn with rosewood and aluminum trim, adding to the luxurious appearance. The exterior is metallic machine gray with sleek lines. There is a power roof and aluminum rails.
The appearance is outstanding, but the performance of this Mazda is even better. A turbo-charged four-cylinder engine produces 310 pounds of torque and 227 horsepower. The vehicle has two drive modes of standard and sport, with a noticeable difference. The more power, the less fuel consumption. Mileage averaged 26 mpg highway and 20 on city streets.
The turbo-powered engine can spin the tires easily at a stoplight with no hesitation from the turbo boost. The transmission has sky-active drive that provides six-speeds. I found the sport drive mode most desirable with fast acceleration and control.
There are many safety features, including stability, traction and roll controls. The vehicle is a new model that has not yet been given a safety rating, but has all of the major safety features, cameras and a nine-inch rear-seat color screen.
Mazda has put every feature into this model, from rear-power lift gate to the Bose 12-speaker sound system. The car features all of the high-tech items and navigation and phone systems.
Lighting is complete with all LED running lights, fog lights and tail lights.
From the bright-finish exhaust pipes underneath, the Mazda has independent front and rear suspension and front and rear stabilization bars. A really strong frame package adds to the great ride and performance.
The suggested manufacturer’s retail price is $45,855, including a few options and the dealer handling fees.
This is really a treat to drive and worth a visit to a nearby Mazda dealer for a test drive yourself. I personally would buy this vehicle.
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