Mazda's biggest crossover — the seven-seat CX-9 — debuts at the New York auto show on April 13, 2006.
The Japanese automaker pitched the 2007 CX-9's styling as a clean break from the traditional boxy SUVs on U.S. roads at the time.
Engineered with what Mazda called the "soul of a sports car," the CX-9 blended sporty driving with seven-passenger SUV practicality.
It shared a front-drive platform, 3.5-liter V-6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission with the 2007 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX. The Mazda featured a suspension tweaked for a sporty ride and the interior was configured with three rows of seats.
Consumer Reports said the CX-9 offered a good balance of sport and practicality, with agile handling and nimble cornering for a three-row crossover, putting it among the magazine's top-rated vehicles in its class.
The first-generation CX-9 was assembled at Mazda's Ujina No. 1 plant located near its headquarters in Hiroshima, Japan.