It’s definitely a larger car than the CX-8, you can feel that it’s more solid, markedly heavier to drive and also heavier on the steering wheel. It’s a big car and you know it when you drive it.
However, Mazda has certainly made driving such a big car as easy as possible. The handling is beautiful, the drive is smooth, the gears change quickly and everything is really quite a breeze to do.
I was able to get this CX-9 into parks I was surprised to even fit in. You do get a reverse parking camera, front camera and 360-degree view camera to help you out. The turning circle is large, you'll get used to doing three-point turns in this car.
There’s a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, and some might think that’s not enough for such a large car but when driving it, there’s enough power to get up hills quickly, it cruises along the open road and it uses less fuel than some of its competitors in this category because of it. The Azami LE is only available as AWD which means you’ll get good traction on the road.