Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Power to the People; Seven-Seater Offers Improved Fuel Efficiency

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Power to the People; Seven-Seater Offers Improved Fuel Efficiency

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Grant Edwards

Motoring editor

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Model: Mazda CX-9.

Details: Seven-seat front-wheel and all-wheel drive large sports utility vehicle.

Engines: 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol generating maximum power of 170kW @ 5000rpm and peak torque of 420Nm @ 2000rpm.

Transmission: Six-speed automatic.

Consumption: FWD 8.4 litres/100km (combined average); AWD 8.8.

Bottom line plus on-roads: Sport FWD $42,490, Sport AWD $46,490, Touring FWD $48,890, Touring AWD $52,890, GT FWD $57,390, GT AWD $61,390, Azami FWD $59,390, Azami AWD $63,390.

LISTEN to the people. Had those in government truly heard their constituents then we wouldn't be faced with the current ridiculous stalemate.

Carmakers don't have that luxury, and Mazda took action with issues which were holding back its large seven-seat sports utility vehicle.

The new CX-9 has arrived with a much more frugal engine, a more refined cabin and improved passenger comfort.

Entry level pricing has dropped more than $1000 to $42,490, and like others in the Mazda "CX" family it has four grades - Sport, Touring, GT and Azami.

Comfort

It's what you can't hear which makes an impact. Mazda has battled with road and wind noise in the past, but dropping from a six-cylinder to a four delivered weight savings which enabled extra insulation to be added.

Where the old model only had about 7kg of sound deadening material, this new variant has 24. Add to that acoustic glass on the windscreen and front windows, along with better door seals, and it's a cabin where there is no need to shout.

Interior styling takes what we've seen previously to another level, with a small steering wheel, swooping yet unimposing dash.

Front seating offers good support laterally and at your thighs, with both the cloth and leather trim providing supple finishes.

On the road

Family schedules are full nowadays. All the after-school activities mean the tribe is often constantly on the go, with mums and dads looking for responsive machines to deliver the power when needed.

That's why Mazda has tuned its four-cylinder turbo to achieve diesel-like performance. …

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