2013 Mazda CX-9
We have a compact Mazda CX-5 crossover in our long term test fleet, and we’re very pleased with it. So, we looked forward to logging some quality time in its big brother, the revamped 2013 Mazda CX-9 crossover utility.
The largest vehicle in Mazda’s fleet, the 7-passenger CX-9 receives significant visual and technology updates, though there are no major mechanical changes from last year. Its 3.7-liter 273 horsepower is still plenty powerful for the daily driver, available in front or all-wheel drive.
Styling updates incorporate the brand’s latest “Soul of Motion” theme, especially in the more prominent front fascia with its chrome-trimmed, five point grille between restyled head and fog lights. Around back, dual exhaust outlets mesh more with the bolder design scheme, too.
As a family hauler, the CX-9 comes feature rich, adding a 5.8 inch infotainment screen to all trim levels, available Pandora HD radio, and updated Bluetooth integration. Blind spot monitoring is now standard on Touring and Grand Touring trims, as well as rear backup sensors.
Luckily, the CX-9 has kept its fun-to-drive nature, with its 6-speed manual-mode transmission perfect for proper gear selection when zooming around back roads. The CX-9 is one family-size crossover that never lets you forget it’s a Mazda. Available now, the 2013 Mazda CX-9 begins around $30,000.
Price: Begins around $30,000