The 2014 Mazda CX-9 is different from most models in the current lineup. Besides being the largest vehicle, it is a reminder from another era with improved fuel efficiency and more lightness. The new CX-9 is one of the best cars of 2014, and although it might not be a class-leader in gas mileage, it ranks as one of the better large-crossover options.
The 2014 Mazda CX-9 was already one of the best looking cars in its class, so it got only a face lift and a few other tweaks, while the powertrain and chassis remain mostly unchanged. The most prominent feature is a new smacker inspired by Mazda’s latest Kodo design language. The exaggerated Cheshire-cat smiley face and the double chin are gone. The exhaust outlets are now round, not oval and the bixenon headlights have a new hawk-eye design. CX-9’s tapered nose make is a head-turner, and the dainty footprint stretches more than 200 inches from front to back. The 2014 Mazda CX-9 is 9 inches longer than the Honda Pilot, one foot longer than the highlander and three inches longer than the explorer. CX-9 also received new 18-inch wheels for the Classic and 20-inch wheels for Luxury and Grand Touring.
The 2014 Mazda CX-9 is powered by an older version of Ford’s 3.7-liter DOHC V-6, making 273 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. The variable valve timing is on the intake side only, and Skyactiv Technology used to good effect on the CX-5 is not used on the CX-9. As one of the best cars of 2014, the Mazda is paired with a the six-speed automatic that gives drivers full control while putting some zoom in the 4558-pound crossover. Its fuel efficiency is a little disappointing, with only 16 mpg city, 22 highway for the all-wheel-drive versions and 1 or 2 mpg better with the front-wheel-drive versions. The CX-9 wraps around the driver with its crisp brake response, well-damped body movement and responsive steering. As you can see, this car has everything it needs in order to make you push that gas pedal to the end every day. However, in order to avoid some nasty encounters with the police, this car should not be without a radar detector. As such, you may want to read the best reviews of the latest radar detectors so that you can protect your wallet from future speeding ticket. After all, nothing kills a driving buzz faster than a speeding ticket.
You can easily fit five adults between the front two rows of seating. The third row is just for the kids, although the narrow gap provided for entry is a bit challenging even for them. The cabin does not feel very luxurious, but it is well put-together and nicely detailed. Standard features include audio and cruise controls located on the steering wheel, HD Radio technology, a six-speaker audio system with six-disc changer, three-zone automatic climate control, USB and aux-in ports, Bluetooth connectivity and a 5.8-inch touch screen system. You can get an optional Bose Centerpoint sound, SMS text delivery, a DVD entertainment system in the back and satellite radio. Grand Touring models also include heated power front seats, leather seating and heated side mirrors.