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2007 Mazda CX-9 Sport Utility Crossover

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  • $29,035 original MSRP
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2007 Mazda CX-9 Sport Utility Crossover

Benefits of Driving a 2007 Mazda CX-9 Sport Utility Crossover

Boasting one of the most versatile interiors of any crossover SUV its size, the 2007 Mazda CX-9 can accommodate up to seven adults or various combinations of cargo and people. With an available power liftgate and simple straps to pull the seats in place, along with easy access to the third row, it's also one of the more usable systems. The Mazda CX-9 blurs the lines between sporty, luxurious, practicality, and safety, offering a good compromise in a family-oriented wagon.

What's new for 2007?

Although the V6-powered Mazda CX-9 has styling that is similar to Mazda's smaller, sportier Mazda CX-7, it is an all-new-for-2007, seven-passenger, family-oriented crossover sport utility vehicle that is closely related mechanically to the Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX.

Model Strengths

  • Very versatile interior
  • on-road ride and handling

Model Review

The all-new 2007 Mazda CX-9 crossover sport utility vehicle is powered by a 263-horsepower, 3.5L DOHC V6 engine with variable valve timing and an electronic throttle, matched with a six-speed automatic transmission, and delivering the power through either front-wheel drive or the Active Torque-Split all-wheel drive system, which uses sensors and a computer-controlled coupling to bring up to 50 percent of drive power to the rear wheels for surefooted traction.

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Review: 2007 Mazda CX-9

Source: MSN Autos

After establishing a decades-strong, results-proven reputation in the sports car sector with the rotary-engine RX-7 and the wildly successful MX-5 Miata roadster, Mazda has been rebuilding its entire lineup of cars-and SUVs-to deliver as much driving fun as possible under the now-famous company philosophy of "zoom-zoom."

With room to carry seven passengers in reasonable comfort, the new CX-9 crossover utility vehicle was Mazda's biggest challenge to date: delivering a formidable player in the increasingly popular CUV segment that retains the attitude brand marketers define as the "Soul of a Sportscar."

The CX-9 joins the relatively new CX-7 midsize crossover that debuted in fall 2006. Despite design similarities, the CX-9 is not simply a longer, wider version of the CX-7. Mazda wants to assure the buying public that the CX crossovers are two distinct vehicles designed for two different customers. At first glance it might be easy to mistake a CX-9 for a CX-7; however, parked side by side as they were during Mazda's CX-9 press launch, the differences in styling, as well as size, become more apparent.

Fifteen inches longer, 2.5 inches wider and with nearly five inches of extra wheelbase over the CX-7, the CX-9 delivers aggressive styling for an SUV, although the stylistically sharp edges of the CX-7 have been smoothed for a more integrated look.

While the prominent wheels and tires of the design still loom large in the CX-9's overall appearance, the fender lines are not as extreme as the CX-7's, so the net effects are elegance and refinement. According to the CX-9 design team, key goals were an emotional, sporty expression that embraces versatility and safety. In addition, the smoother design was intended to make the larger SUV appear smaller than its dimensions might suggest.

Shared Platform, Distinct Personality
Powered by the same 263-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine found in the Ford Edge, Lincoln MKZ and other Ford Motor Company products, the CX-9 architecture stems from the relationship between Mazda and Ford. (Ford owns an equity stake in Mazda.)

Although the 3.5-liter V6 gets shared with other Ford products, the CX-9's throttle control is specific to Mazda, with emphasis on better throttle tip-in (meaning the throttle is more responsive). The Aisin transmission is particularly impressive, delivering smooth, quick shifts perfectly matched to engine speed. When a driver's throttle input requires a lower gear, the gear change remains quick and smooth-and the driver has the option of shifting manually.

The 263-horsepower 3.5-liter engine delivers good but not excessive muscle, and while cruising the 6-speed Sport AT transmission will downshift a gear or two to maintain momentum on an incline or to pass another vehicle. EPA mileage estimates are 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway with front-wheel drive, and 16/22 mpg city/highway with all-wheel drive.

The CX-9 shares common underpinnings with the Ford Edge, and under the skin they are the same from the firewall to the front bumper. But behind the firewall, the CX-9 is based on the latest version of the Mazda MPV minivan sold in Japan. From the outset, the CX-9 is intended to be a vehicle supporting three full rows of seats-a feat which automakers sometimes accomplish by shoehorning a third row into what was designed to be a two-row vehicle.

The Edge and the CX-9 share common rear suspension design and brakes, but Mazda has changed the springs, shocks, wheels and tires for the U.S. market. Although the components are shared, Mazda tweaks them to achieve a sporty attitude and produce a vehicle that will satisfy a driving enthusiast. Mazda paid particular attention to areas such as chassis tuning, throttle response, steering and transmission mapping to achieve desired results.

One example of this can be found in the CX-9's Aisin-sourced automatic transmission. Similar to the transmission of the CX-7, the 6-speed unit gets mapped differently to work with the 3.5-liter V6 engine, which offers a manual-shift mode-a feature not offered on the Ford Edge or many of CX-9's other competitors.

Transmitted through a classic three-spoke steering wheel, the speed-sensitive rack-and-pinion steering feels quick and responsive while still delivering straight-line stability. MacPherson strut front suspension and multi-link rear suspension are tuned with Tokico dampers. Eighteen-inch aluminum alloy wheels are standard. (The Grand Touring trim has 20-inch wheels as standard equipment.)

Mazda's Active Torque Split All-Wheel Drive, originally developed for the MAZDASPEED6 and also offered on CX-7, automatically adapts to changing driving conditions. The system monitors factors such as wheel slippage, steering angle, lateral acceleration and available torque to deliver up to 50 percent of the available torque to the rear wheels. In normal driving conditions, 100 percent of the torque gets delivered to the front wheels.

Style, Versatility and Safety
The interior design reflects the CX-9's exterior intentions of refinement and elegance. The surfaces are smooth and flowing, including a single hood over the instrument cluster that houses two large, round primary gauges flanked by two smaller ones.

From the edges of the dash, trim panels angle down into the doors-a look reinforced by similar panels that flow into the center console. The angled panels intersect metallic-looking horizontal bars in the door panels and center console for a more high-tech element. The design message conveyed is one of clean, smooth refinement.

The instruments also include metallic-looking trim and feature indirect blue illumination. The center console has large, easy-to-use controls for the entertainment and climate control systems.

Third-row access and cargo capacity with the third-row seats in use were priorities for this model, and Mazda has done a good job in both these areas. For access to the third row, the second-row 60/40 split-folding seat features a lever on either side that can be operated with one hand to slide the seat section forward and provide 26 inches of room between the folded seat and the C-pillar. The second-row seat includes about 5 inches of seat travel. When the seat is returned to the seating position after third-row access, it automatically latches in the forward position to provide the most room for third-row occupants.

With the third-row seat in position, the CX-9 offers 17.2 cubic feet of cargo area. When more room needs to be devoted to gear rather than bodies, the third-row seat folds easily-and without the need to remove the head restraints. Both second-row and third-row seats fold to create a flat load floor.

Since CX-9 is the largest vehicle of the Mazda lineup, it comes as no surprise that standard safety features include roll stability control, ABS with 4-wheel discs, dynamic stability control and traction control. Six airbags are also standard, including side-curtain bags that extend from the first to third rows. The CX-9 incorporates Mazda's Advanced Impact-Energy Distribution and Absorption System to help prevent cabin deformation in a collision.

Trims, Packages and Pricing
The CX-9 has three trim levels: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring, in either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, power windows, power door locks with remote keyless entry, cruise control, and either a black or beige interior.

The Touring adds leather seat trim, power front seats and indirect interior lighting, and the Grand Touring receives 20-inch brightly finished aluminum wheels, bright exterior door handles, rain-sensing wipers, an anti-theft alarm system, exterior mirrors with turn indicators, driver's seat memory, Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry and Start System, a wood instrument panel trim, and a silver finish for the side surfaces of the rear console.

Options include a towing package, a power sunroof, a Bose audio system, and a rear-seat entertainment system. The Assistant Package with DVD navigation, a back-up monitor and a power liftgate is available for Touring or Grand Touring trims.

The CX-9 is now on sale, starting with the Sport trim at a base MSRP of $29,630, the Touring at $31,730, and the Grand Touring at $33,270. The all-wheel-drive versions start at $30,830 for Sport AWD, $32,930 for Touring AWD and $34,470 for Grand Touring AWD. All prices include destination charges.

Since a traditional minivan is no longer offered by Mazda, the CX-9 now becomes Mazda's family hauler, as well as a solution for the driver who needs the utility of a van and the versatility of an SUV but longs for more style.

Although the CX-9 fits well with Mazda's "zoom-zoom" philosophy, make no mistake-this crossover is not a sports car. An enthusiast won't likely choose the CX-9 over an MX-5 Miata for an early morning solo run up a favorite two-lane mountain road. But if the whole family goes on that drive to the mountaintop, the CX-9 will shine in the face of the current crossover competition.

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Safety Ratings help

What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Driver Crash Grade

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std

Road Visibility

Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Back-Up Camera Opt


Alarm Opt
Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

Mazda Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Having peace of mind on the road means being confident in what you're driving. Mazda vehicles continually rank among the most reliable cars on the road. Flywheel to freeze plug, thermostat to turbocharger, cylinder block to constant velocity points, our 7-Year/100,000-Mile Limited Powertrain Warranty has you covered.*

Every Mazda Certified Pre-Owned vehicle comes with a confidence-inspiring 12-Month/12,000-Mile Limited Vehicle Warranty with no deductible on covered repairs, which begins once the factory warranty ends. If it's out of warranty, the 12-Month/12,000-Mile Limited Vehicle Warranty begins on the CPO purchase date.**
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2011-2016 model years and less than 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 160-Point Detailed Inspection

Autocheck® Vehicle History Report with 3-year buyback protection from Experian***

Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance 24hr Roadside Assistance for the life of the Powertrain Limited Warranty offers confidence on the road around the clock.
Special Financing Yes, see your Mazda dealer for details.
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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