Why owners will love the 2016 Mazda CX-9
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Three Reasons Owners Will Love the 2016 Mazda CX-9 AWD

The all-new CX-9 has a lot going for it. Here are our three favorite parts of this vehicle.

The 2016 Mazda CX-9 is an all-new Mazda. It replaces the prior generation which was built on a Ford platform. Having received the full Skyactive treatment, the new CX-9 is better on fuel, a more modern design, and much more a part of the family. We spent some time in the new CX-9 and here are the three things we felt distinguish it from the Highlander, Pilot, and the rest of the three-row family crossovers in the marketplace.

Mazda CX-9 Engine
The new Mazda 2.5T engine is just a four-cylinder with a low for the class 227 horsepower. However, don’t let that be a reason not to consider this vehicle. With a strong 310 lb-ft of torque available at low RPS, the new turbo engine is responsive and has a lot of character. Given this vehicle's mission as a seven-passeger with AWD, the new 23 MPG-Combined rating from the EPA is respectable as well, and the CX-9 can use regular unleaded fuel. That rating tops the Highlander's V6 by 1 MPG, and the 2017 Pilot’s rating by 2 MPG.

Mazda CX-9 Steering
When electric-assist steering came to market boy-racer reviewers panned it. The truth is, most everyday drivers would never have felt the negatives, and the positives from electric steering are many, including fuel economy gains. What we like about the CX-9 is that its steering feels sporty. The vehicle turns better than most of its peers and has bit more road feel.

Mazda CX-9 Infotainment
If you already have a modern Mazda you will recognize the infotainment system in the CX-9. The simple to use rotary mouse makes selecting a value easy and the separate, perfectly located volume knob will be your favorite control in the vehicle as soon as you take delivery.

- Guess what? We're not the only one's singing the CX-9's praises - Here is what Car and Driver said.

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