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Mazda CX-9 Touring FWD 2016 review: Torquing Heads

Nikki Cousins and Peter Anderson road test and review the 2016 CX-9 Touring FWD with specs, fuel consumption and verdict.

Nikki Cousins and Peter Anderson road test and review the 2016 CX-9 Touring FWD with specs, fuel consumption and verdict.

If the second-generation Mazda CX-9 was a new kid in the classroom, it'd be the first in the class to have its own TV, its parents would let them stay up and watch Baywatch, but always wear its bike helmet when out for a pedal.

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Even the base CX-9 Sport comes with an impressive level of standard equipment, surprisingly stunning looks for a large SUV, and the most important safety equipment as standard.
 
We've already picked the second-rung CX-9 Touring as the sweet spot in the range, given it brings leather trim with heated and electric front seats, a bigger 8-inch multimedia screen, second row armrest storage with 2x USB ports, auto headlights and wipers and front fog lights in two-wheel drive guise for a list price of $48,890 – just scraping beneath the $50,000 barrier.

Peter's already given it a thorough road test and awarded it a solid four out of five, but does Nikki agree?

We've put it to the Torquing Heads test to find out.

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Plus: Peter takes a detailed look at the CX-9 Touring FWD in his full road test review.

Also: We put the CX-9 up against the Kia Sorento and Toyota Kluger.

More: Check out all seven-seat SUVs at our hub.

And you'll find anything else CX-9 related at our Mazda CX-9 hub.

Is the CX-9 Touring FWD the pick for hauling your family around? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

Click here to see more 2016 Mazda CX-9 Touring FWD pricing and spec info.

Pricing Guides

$42,755
Based on 153 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$34,870
Highest Price
$49,990

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
Azami (AWD) 2.5L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $42,888 – 49,990 2016 Mazda CX-9 2016 Azami (AWD) Pricing and Specs
Azami (FWD) 2.5L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $38,880 – 47,994 2016 Mazda CX-9 2016 Azami (FWD) Pricing and Specs
Classic (FWD) 3.7L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $24,860 – 30,690 2016 Mazda CX-9 2016 Classic (FWD) Pricing and Specs
Grand Touring 3.7L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $34,650 – 41,250 2016 Mazda CX-9 2016 Grand Touring Pricing and Specs