Tests and Features

Test Drives2021 Mazda CX-9 Review: The Driver’s Family SUV3.5/5
Following extensive updates to the Dodge Durango for 2021 and the reveal of the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder , the Mazda CX-9 ends up being one of the oldest SUVs on the market along with the Honda Pilot . Both were last redesigned in 2016, but still prove quite competent and …
Test Drives2020 Mazda CX-9: This is Why Modern SUVs are so Appealing
SUVs are more popular than ever. In 2019, about half of the 1.9 million new light-duty vehicles purchased by Canadians were SUVs. A quarter of those were affordable midsize models such as the Mazda CX-9 , a Japanese contender that may not show up high on sales charts but still …
Test Drives2019 Mazda CX-9: The Gymnast4.0/5
For mainstream brands, successfully selling a midsize, three-row SUV isn’t an easy task. The average number of children in North-American families isn’t rising, so the need for such a big vehicle isn’t always justified. And each model in this segment must battle about ten competitors. The number is about to …
Test Drives2017 Mazda CX-9: Style and Agility4.0/5
The second-generation CX-9, introduced last year, picked up where the first generation left off in regards to driving dynamics, but adopted a new SKYACTIV powertrain to replace the old, not-too-frugal V6 engine. It also boasts new styling that looks rich, refined and very European, as Mazda arguably is the Japanese …
Test Drives2017 Mazda CX-9: (Finally) Stepping out of the Shadows
For the second generation of its seven-passenger SUV, Mazda has opted for a “small” turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It chose this powertrain for the sake of fuel economy, while the competition is still relying on V6 engines. A risky strategy? Let’s take a closer look. Please check out of photo gallery …
Test Drives2016 Mazda CX-9: a Contender Once Again4.0/5
The 2016 Mazda CX-9 is a completely redesigned, midsized SUV aimed to go head to head against stalwarts like the Honda Pilot, the Nissan Pathfinder and the Toyota Highlander. The outgoing, first-generation model was getting very long in the tooth. The new exterior design brings the CX-9 in line with …
Test Drives2016 Mazda CX-9 GS-L: Calculated Risk4.5/5
Sometimes, not being like all the others is a risk that can turn out to be very costly. Occasionally, the risk pays off huge dividends and a new trend is set. In the new CX-9’s case, Mazda has taken a well-calculated risk and I think it’s going to pay off …
First DrivesThe 2016 Mazda CX-9: Redesigned to be a Winner4.5/5
The first-generation CX-9 was still available in Mazda showrooms, but it was beginning to show its age; while there had been improvements here and there over the years, it was essentially the same vehicle that had been with us for nearly a decade—an eternity in the car world. During those …
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