Mazda unveiled its redesigned CX-9 crossover at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November -- the model’s first full overhaul since its introduction in 2007. Mazda has called the three-row crossover a “high-end model” and has hopes of selling 50,000 vehicles a year worldwide. There was no shortage of commentary on the CX-9 following its unveiling.
“We’ll admit that we’re impressed, and we look forward to sliding behind the wheel of this new model -- we loved the way the old CX-9 drove, and we’re promised a similarly communicative driving experience for this one. The only question is whether enough people shopping in this segment will ignore the spec sheet to meet Mazda’s goal of moving approximately 40,000 CX-9s per year.” -- Erik Johnson, Car and Driver
“I’ll admit that many of Mazda’s cars across the lineup are little lacking in the power department, especially for a brand whose tagline was ‘zoom-zoom.’ However, I have a hard time believing that folks will find 310 foot-pounds of torque in the new CX-9 ‘sluggish’ during the daily commute or on the way to soccer practice.” -- Tom McParland, Jalopnik
“In terms of styling, Mazda chose not to mess with a good thing, as the CX-9 is a fitting evolution of the ‘Kodo’ design language that has permeated through their whole lineup. Sleek curves and handsome chrome accents make this crossover seriously good looking, and almost sports-wagon-like in its appearance.
“Inside is no different story, as the show-bound pre-production model was fitted with a handsome brown Nappa leather interior and seven seats. Silver and black trim, as well as faux wood accents, bring this economy crossover upmarket at first glance, and will certainly please buyers looking for a bargain price but premium look.” -- Brian Leon, New York Daily News
“Before cars can become fully autonomous and drive themselves from point A to point B without any human input, drivers are going to have to get used to -- and trust -- the technology. That’s where Lane Keep Assist systems (LKAS), a technology that uses radar and digital cameras to keep a car in its lane on the freeway, comes into play.