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First Drive: 2016 Mazda CX-9

Next-gen crossover highlights Kodo design influence.

by on May.24, 2016

The CX-9 looks smart and offers ample horsepower and features technologies needed to compete with the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot.

Mazda always has had a reputation for building great quick, nimble, sporty cars.

But perceptions about the other vehicles in product have been less precise, which is a challenge in a world where small sporty cars are being left in the garage in favor of utility vehicles that seem more suited to today’s harried lifestyles.

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However, Mazda now has an answer and with the CX-9, it has developed a utility vehicle that looks smart and offers ample horsepower. It also delivers the kind of solid dynamics that enhances a motorist’s driving experience and features technology, such as a forward collision braking system to compete with the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot. (more…)

Mazda Expects New CX-9 to Maintain Brand’s Sales Momentum

Automaker enjoys best April ever last month.

by on May.19, 2016

The 2016 Mazda CX-9 picks up on the latest take on the Kodo design language.

With the launch of the all-new version of CX-9 at hand, Mazda North American Operations is poised for rebound after a slow winter that saw its sales drop by double digits through the first four months of the year.

Last month, however, Mazda achieved its best April since 1995 with 26,195 vehicles sold, an increase of 8.6% year-over-year and Mazda now expects strong sales through the balance of the year, said Robert Davis, MNAO vice president of operations.

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The the compact Mazda3 posted its best April performance ever with 10,722 vehicles sold, an increase of 33.9% year-over-year. This is the first time Mazda3 has ever had more than 10,000 vehicles sold in April. (more…)

New 2016 Mazda CX-9 Shows its Soul in Motion

Three-row crossover picks up on design theme of Koeru Concept.

by on Nov.18, 2015

The 2016 Mazda CX-9 picks up on the latest take on the Kodo design language.

Mazda has been offering us plenty of hints lately about its future design direction, but now it’s time to get down to business as it rolls the new CX-9 people-mover onto the stage at the L.A. Auto Show.

Adopting the latest interpretation of its Kodo design language, the 2016 Mazda CX-9 avoids the traps of a minivan, showing that three-row functionality can also be visually appealing. The new model also adopts the SkyActiv design philosophy, which translates into a big bump in fuel economy while also enhancing ride and handling, Mazda claims.

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“The focus was on authenticity,” it declares, “an experience rather than simply another commodity conveyance.”


Mazda to Unveil New CX-9 in LA

Crossover picks up key cues from Koeru concept.

by on Nov.04, 2015

Mazda will reveal the CX-9 on November 18.

Two months after offering a first hint of what its next big crossover would look like, we’ll finally get a chance to check out the 2017 Mazda CX-9 when it makes its formal debut at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show.

The Japanese maker is offering up this rendering of the new three-row crossover-utility vehicle, but we can also harken back to the Mazda Koeru concept that was unveiled in September at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

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“Fully incorporating the latest SKYACTIV technologies and KODO—Soul of Motion design, the all-new CX-9 is a high-end model of Mazda’s new-generation lineup,” the maker said in a statement accompanying this teaser image.


Mazda Reveals New Design Direction with Koeru Concept

Automaker’s show car aims to “go beyond.”

by on Sep.17, 2015

Mazda's Koeru concept hints at the evolving direction of the maker's distinctive design language.

With its sweeping lines, blacked out B pillars and floating roof, the Mazda Koeru is one of the more distinctive concept vehicles to make its debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. It’s also one of the more likely to influence future design direction.

While they seldom actually go into production, Mazda has a long history of telegraphing its styling strategy through its concept vehicles, and the Koeru is the latest example. It picks up and builds upon the Japanese maker’s current Kodo design language.

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It wasn’t an accident that Mazda decided to go with a crossover body style for the new concept vehicle, after traditionally favoring coupes and sedans. Insiders say the first examples of where Koeru’s lines will reappear could be replacements for the Mazda CX-9 and CX-7 crossover vehicles.


Picking the Hottest Debuts at 2015 LA Auto Show

Tinseltown event to bring 50 unveilings, 30 world debuts.

by on Sep.04, 2015

A first glimpse of the direction Hyundai will take with the next-generation Elantra.

The annual auto show season is just getting underway, with manufacturers set to kick things off in Frankfurt, Germany barely two weeks from now. Then the automotive circus will move on to Los Angeles, the first of the big U.S. extravaganzas.

And it looks like the 2015 L.A. Auto Show could be a big one, at least based on preliminary numbers suggesting there will be 50 vehicle unveilings, including 30 world debuts.

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With the Frankfurt Motor Show still yet to begin, most automakers are being tight-lipped about Tinseltown plans, but Infiniti has already confirmed it will reveal the new QX30 – barely two months after showing its near-twin, the Q30, in Germany. Hyundai, meanwhile, will be on hand to unveil the next-generation Elantra line.


New Car Sales Booming, But Good Deals Abound points out best August offers.

by on Aug.14, 2014

Looking for a good deal this month? The Fiat 500 can be gotten for as little as $99 a month, according to

New car and truck sales are still humming along in 2014, but if you’re searching for a deal, compact and midsize sedans are the segments where you should start the hunting.

There are deals for those looking to lease or buy, especially for the Fiat 500. Right now, according to, a 2014 Fiat 500 can be had for as little as $99 a month for 24 months. It requires nearly $2,400 down. However, if you’re looking to buy, the same car can be had for $265 a month for 60 months using the $3,000 cash back the automaker is offering buyers.

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“Compact and midsize sedans are among the most popular segments in the United States, and this month consumers will be able to find red-hot deals on the Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Cruze,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s (more…)

Safety Agency Investigates CX-9 Brake Problem

Mazda cooperating with NHTSA probe.

by on Feb.14, 2014

Mazda's CX-9 is under investigation for a brake issue.

Mazda is latest automaker coming under the investigative magnifying glass of U.S. safety officials as they look into problems with the brakes on 62,000 CX-9 crossovers built in 2010 and 2011.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received seven complaints of unexpected loss of power-assisted brakes, although no crashes have been reported.

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According to the complaints, owners noticed a reduction in the effectiveness of the brakes and requiring more effort to press down the pedal. Some also noted a hissing noise when applying the brakes. (more…)

First Look: 2013 Mazda CX-9

A new face for new crossover.

by on Sep.18, 2012

The 2013 Mazda CX-9 adopts the maker's latest Kodo design language.

Mazda is rapidly replacing the older members of its line-up, introducing a sophisticated new design language while also rolling out the new, high-mileage SkyActiv technology.  Next up for a major makeover is the 2013 Mazda CX-9.

The new crossover will make its debut at the upcoming Australian International Auto Show, in Sydney, but should reappear on this side of the Pacific soon after that mid-October preview.

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The most notable update for 2013 is the switch from Mazda’s earlier Nagare design language – which seemed to give the maker’s products an exaggerated smile – to the newer, sleeker Kodo language first seen in concept form at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.


First Drive: Mazda CX-9

What to drive when family responsibility dictates that your sports car days be put on hold.

by on Jul.29, 2011

Mazda's CX-9 is really just a supersized sports car.

We’ve all heard it before. “You won’t catch me driving a minivan,” the raffish 20-something says. Of course, that is before the invasion of the Little People, and all of their paraphernalia, from diaper bags to portable playpens. Some have turned to sturdier-looking sport utilities and crossovers, but the stigma is even starting to attach to those.

So you’re longing for the days of BLP – before Little People – for the days when the idea of driving a vehicle with three rows of seats was unfathomable. But now there are two kids and another in the oven, so three rows are mandatory if the dreaded – and incurable – Don’t Touch My Syndrome is to be avoided.

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Mazda may have the answer. This is the Zoom-Zoom company, so it designs its cars with the goal of offering the sportiest driving experience in the segment. That includes its big three-row crossover, the CX-9.