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The 2016 Mazda CX-9 Raises the SUV Bar

If you read Male Standard regularly, you’ll know that I recently went on a cross-country trip to Bluffton, South Carolina where I got to test drive awesome cars by Mazda. You can read that blog here. Today, I want to share some of the innovative features I love about the 2016 Mazda CX-9 and the ways Mazda is raising the bar for affordable yet luxury rides I feel every man will appreciate.

I picked the Mazda CX-9 because I wanted to test drive a car that matched my life; this is a great fit for the growing family and has a sleek, sexy look with all the premium added features you need for life on the road. The Signature series starts at $44k and has the best that Mazda has to offer, including the premium Nappa leather seating and genuine Rosewood interior trim upgrades.  

Mazda also offers a Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring trim starting from a very competitive $31k, with each offering premium interiors and drive experience.

The MX-Mazda CX-9 Signature Series  

Mazda didn’t take shortcuts with the Mazda CX-9 and truly created a premium ride. From the MAZDA CONNECT™4 Infotainment System to the Pandora® internet radio integration, this is a car that was designed as much for passengers as the driver. I would take my family on a long distance drive with no hesitation because all of their entertainment and comfort needs would be met.

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You’ll also get tons of neat features such as:

  •         LED headlights, daytime running lights, combination taillights, and grille accent lights
  •         Rain-sensing variable intermittent windshield wipers
  •         Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror with HomeLink®
  •         Genuine Rosewood inlays – shifter surround and door switchgear
  •         8-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support and 2-position memory
  •         Bose® Centerpoint2® Surround Sound audio system with AudioPilot and 12 speakers
  •         Three-zone automatic climate control with pollen filter
  •         Aluminum roof rails in satin chrome finish
  •         And so much more (read the full spec here)

I seriously couldn’t believe how much Mazda have to offer. Sure, the Mazda CX-9 looks sleek, but it’s the luxury feel that I can’t stop talking about; it feels like a car punching above its weight class. It goes the distance. From the Bose® Centerpoint2® Surround Sound audio system with AudioPilot and 12 speakers, to the climate control with pollen filter, I couldn’t help but feel this isn’t your dad’s SUV.

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The Mazda CX-9 has a limited color palette, featuring six gorgeous options: soul metallic red, crystal pearl white, meteor gray mica, ceramic metallic, blue reflex mica, jet black mica.  

The new paint makes the Mazda CX-9 look as if it’s machined from a solid piece of steel. It starts with a black primer coat that’s covered with a precisely sprayed layer of aluminum silver paint. The process is highly controlled to ensure the coat’s aluminum paint flakes fall into a pattern parallel with the Mazda CX-9’s body panels. This gives the black and silver hues more luminosity.

The MX-Mazda CX-9 Delivers a Premium Ride Experience

What surprised me the most about the MX-Mazda CX-9 is that it feels more like a top of the line Bond car. Inside you’ll find abundant comfort, convenience, and space. Its seating for seven and multitude of cargo options make it the perfect SUV for any adventure. And while a sense of indulgence is felt through the cabin, they gave special attention to the most important seat—the drivers.

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Mazda’s KODO: “Soul of Motion” design philosophy gives the CX-9 a look of composure and prestige—even at a standstill. A muscular stance elongated hood and tapered roofline express an athletic elegance. The overall effect is one of purity, simplicity, and beauty—an extraordinary achievement in a three-row SUV.

Think of the driver’s seat like a command center, with access to everything Mazda has to offer. Here, you will get incredible attention to detail to make your drive, smoother, safer, and more comfortable in all regards. From auto-dimming mirrors to 8-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support and 2-position memory, Mazda created a driving experience second to none.

For example, to elevate your driving experience, Mazda subdued unwelcome sounds, diminished the noise of engine vibrations and added 53 pounds of sound-deadening material. Sound-insulating glass narrowed gaps, and more seal insulation further reduces wind noise. All this makes the Mazda CX-9 remarkably quiet, ensuring your time behind the wheel is less distracting and more relaxing.

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This is exactly why I feel in love with the Mazda CX-9; A focus on pure driving enjoyment sets it apart in its class. Every aspect of this three-row SUV, from its body construction and engine technology to its chassis and transmission, is engineered with SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY to maximize driving dynamics while achieving outstanding highway MPG. The Mazda CX-9 is an all-round winner in my book.

You can find out more about the Mazda CX-9 and visit local retailers to book your test drive today at Mazda USA.