Test Drive – Mazda CX-9
Usually, when people talk of minivans and people-carriers, one conjures up images of solid, functional vehicles that are only good to get from point A to B, with enough room to carry a lot of people and gear to last for a week-long vacation.
The Mazda’s CX-9 checks all those boxes but offers so much more. It’s a two-and-a-half ton vehicle that is able to transport up to seven people, yet its fuel consumption is commendably small, offering up to 22 mpg in highway mode.
The Mazda CX-9 GT model, which we sampled, includes a Blind Spot Monitoring System as standard, which is a useful safety addition, despite the great visibility enjoyed from its very spacious cabin. Plus, the Mazda CX-9 is a large vehicle that manages to drive like a much smaller one. It’s very forgiving on less-than-ideal roads, yet it shows little body roll through the curves.
From its swoopy design to its clever ergonomic and dynamic touches, the CX-9 is a people-mover that combines style and practicality. If you have to transport 5 or more people on a regular basis, then the CX-9 makes that task less of a chore and more of an opportunity to enjoy an elegant and comfortable ride.
All credit to Mazda for endowing this often problematic vehicle category with pizzazz and desirability. If you need size and dependability, then the CX-9 stands out among the other, more expensive offerings.