2007 Mazda CX-9 Review

The 2007 CX-9 is Mazda’s newest entry in the crossover utility vehicle segment. Larger than the CX-7, and with seating for up to 7, the CX-9 is a rough replacement for the retired MPV. Originally the Mazda5 was supposed to fill this slot, but I think we can all agree that car was a complete flop. Though it’s subjective, I think the CX-9 actually looks better than it’s smaller CX-7 brother. The styling is solid, the interior is pretty nice, and it drives well. Will all this be enough to battle the growing CUV segment? Read on to find out.

2007 Mazda CX-9 Specs

  • 263 HP 3.5 Liter V6
  • 6 speed automatic transmission
  • Available AWD
  • Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring models to choose from

2007 Mazda CX-9 Reviews

Inside line has this to say about the 2007 Mazda CX-9 – We were still a little skeptical of the CX-9 until Robert Davis asked us a simple question. “The CX-9 has more room than a Honda Pilot, has far better handling and…well look at it. What would you rather drive?” Point taken, Rob’

Motortrend reviews the 2007 Mazda CX-9 and writes – ‘Over a wide variety of road surfaces, the CX-9 was supple and quiet. And it cornered much flatter than an equivalent minivan might, with a nice build-up of forces at the steering wheel, though the rim’s fairly blind to the asphalt’s texture. Mazda’s showing some chutzpah in calling the CX-9 the Zoom-Zoom with Extra Room, but is it a terrific new crossover? Yes-yes.’

Automobile Mag reviews the 2007 Mazda CX-9 and writes – ‘Best of all, the CX-9 drives like a Mazda, not some soggy station wagon. The long, 113.2-inch wheelbase helps deliver a stable ride, firm suspension bushings produce surprisingly crisp steering response (although at the price of some thumping over bumps), and the Grand Touring model even gets twenty-inch wheels.’

4×4 Review reviews the 2007 Mazda CX-9 and writes – ‘interior craftsmanship and attention to detail is visible everywhere. S oft trim is elegantly configured and constructed of top-quality materials and seats have an inviting yet sporty look and feel appropriate to this type of vehicle. The dash panel houses large, clearly marked entertainment and climate controls. Delicate stitching and the metallic look of the floating door trim-grips reveal the designer’s fine eye for detail.’

Edmunds reviews the 2007 Mazda CX-9 and writes – ‘The V6 has strong pull through the midrange, as well as impressive smoothness and a sporty sound when the whip is cracked. Despite the power on tap, the front-drive version is free of annoying torque steer. The six-speed gearbox is well sorted, as it snaps off timely shifts without hesitation. When pressed through a twisty section of blacktop, the 2007 Mazda CX-9 feels buttoned down and lighter than it really is, thanks to the sport-tuned suspension and low-profile tires. The steering is precise and direct, if a bit light on-center.’

The Detroit News reviews the 2007 Mazda CX-9 and writes – ‘It won’t tear around corners or slalom through traffic the way a Miata or RX-8 might; it’s not designed to do that. And if it’s loaded with a family, should it do that? Adapting to consumer demands is a good thing for a car company to pursue, and if people are clamoring for another three-row crossover, they won’t miss the CX-9. Something this big, they can’t.’

Car and Driver reviews the 2007 Mazda CX-9 and writes – ‘A stiff suspension does not a sporty drive make, though, and Mazda knows this. Sporty means clear communication between car and driver, and this the CX-9 does as well as some cars with much better sports credentials. Steering response is crisp, with excellent on-center feel, nice effort, and sharp feedback. The quick-shifting Aisin six-speed automatic transmission features a manumatic mode that submits fully to the driver’s whims, bouncing off the rev-limiter until the driver shifts and refusing to downshift under any demand through the throttle without an accompanying request from the shifter.’

Cars.com reviews the 2007 Mazda CX-9 and writes – ‘Full-size truck-based SUVs were wildly popular in the ’90s, but crossover SUVs are (for the moment) the hot segment in the car business. The 2007 model year saw the introduction of more than 10 new or redesigned crossovers, and more are on the way. That means plenty of competition for the CX-9, but if it proves to be trouble-free and crashworthy, Mazda will have a winner on its hands.’

Autobytel reviews the 2007 Mazda CX-9 and writes – ‘With the CX-9, Mazda is headed into competitive waters and will go up against the likes of the newly restyled Toyota Highlander, soon-to-be redesigned Honda Pilot and GM’s new crossover offerings such as the Saturn Outlook or the GMC Acadia. All offer benefits, and Mazda can arguably claim a more performance-oriented experience with three-rows available. That, along with a nicely styled interior and exterior, means that the Mazda CX-9 is sure to attract its fair share of the growing crossover market. The only question is how many of those people attracted to the CX-9 demand zoom-zoom-zoom, compared to the two-row zoom-zoom available in the CX-7…’

Published on December 20, 2006 in Mazda

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