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For 2013, the CX-9 receives a freshened exterior with a new design front and rear. Inside, a 5.8-inch color touchscreen is standard, as is a new infotainment system with HD Radio, Pandora Internet radio connectivity, text-to-speech capability, and a new microphone for better speech recognition. Blind-spot monitoring and a rear-view camera now come to the mid-level Touring models.
We were skeptical when Mazda claimed sportiness as a key attribute of its new crossover utilities, but they have surprised us by delivering on that promise. The CX-9, created specifically for North America, is the largest vehicle Mazda has ever brought to this market.
The 2015 Mazda CX-9 is the company's largest model, a 3-row, 7-passenger crossover SUV designed to go head-to-head against the likes of the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder and many others. However, the Mazda CX-9 does this with something special up its sleeve: Mazda-ness. That means it's designed to be fun to drive, and while it definitely has a leg up on competitors like the Highlander and the Chevrolet Traverse, the reality is that the CX-9 has been around since the 2007 model year, and its age is starting to show in the way it's equipped and packaged, and in fuel economy. Nonetheless, the CX-9 boasts a powerful V6 engine and enough visual punch to stand out from its competition.