The Car Report | On the Road with The 2017 Mazda CX-9 GT

Mazda just keeps getting better and better with this SUVs and SUV crossovers. Gone are the bulky SUVs of the past and say hello to the more streamlined versions. I had the option of checking out the new 2017 Mazda CX-9 for the week.

About the 2017 Mazda CX-9

If you have already seen the 2016 CX-9 you will notice that not much if anything has changed design wise. The model for last year was the second crossover by Mazda to include a 3rd-row seat (which for some reason the kids are obsessed with). My favorite with their new line of crossovers coming out is the interior.

Some of the interior features include the sunroof, Bose surround-sound, backup camera, 3rd-row seat, the 2nd row of seats recline slightly back which was great for the kids when it came to long drives (no more arguing over whose turn it is to sleep on the arm rest).

Fun to Drive and Fuel Efficient

One thing I have ALWAYS said about the Mazda is that it is fun to drive. Once you get on the interstate, throw it in Sport mode and go (within the speed limit of course). The CX-9 comes packed with a strong v-6 but you won’t burn through the gas surprisingly. I drove it and hour and a half from home to Orlando, back and forth the 3 days from my hotel to the conference (30 minutes round trip on the interstate), to Disney about 30 minutes away for the Pandora event and on the morning of day 5 I had to fill up.

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Here are some of the features (from

“20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels

Power sliding-glass moonroof with sunshade

EPA-estimated mileage city/highway (mpg): 22/282

Bose® Centerpoint® 2.0 Surround Sound System with AudioPilot® and 12 speakers

SiriusXM Satellite radio with 4-month trial subscription

Mazda Navigation System

Multi-information display

2nd-row retractable window sunshades

Bluetooth®4 hands-free phone and audio streaming capability

MAZDA CONNECT™ Infotainment System5

Multifunction Commander control”

The Recap

Overall the crew loved the 2017 Mazda cx-9 and were sad to see it go. It was fun to drive (especially if you put it in Sport mode) and fuel-efficient to boot. It comes with enough interior room where the kids will have enough arm and leg room during long drives.

The 2017 Mazda CX-9 GT MSRP starts from $40,000. Learn more about the 2017 Mazda CX-9 GT on MazdaUSA and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.


  1. Jo-Ann Brightman

    I think the moon roof and retractable sunshades would be a lot of fun. There are a lot of great features in this Mazda.

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