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Discussion in 'Auto News' started by 05XR8, Aug 7, 2015.
I would expect it to be a bit more expensive then a the base Highlander but roughly in the range of that car.
Also damn that rear looks ugly in person.
A base Highlander is $30k.
Well I would expect it to be maybe 35k then.
Never use Australia as a gauge for prices, we pay out of our ass for everything.
Another workmate of mine drove the CX-9 yesterday. They both have said it is strong and quick from the bottom end and keeps pulling. From as low as 600rpm through 1500rpm, with 4 large men on board, that single turbo is quick. Ironically, the CX-9 is on sale July 4th.
You can build your CX-9 in the States.
I rang up a CX-9 Touring AWD with what I'd consider to be pretty straightforward options in the segment (bunch of safety stuff, keyless entry, big touchscreen on the dash) and it came to just over $40k. A very similarly equipped Ford Explorer will run about the same price, the Honda Pilot about $2000 less. The Honda definitely saves you some dollars on carryover mechanical bits and a slightly less elegant interior, but I will very much admit that I really (really) like the new Pilot.
Starts at $49k in Australia
Cheaper then I thought and the base model pretty much has everything you would want apart from automatic lights and wipers(My Mazda 2 even has it lol).
A Soul Red CX-9 just arrived. It looks good. The front reminds me of the shark-nose BMWs of the past. Plus, it looks way smaller than the outgoing CX-9. The rear is much tidier. Interior is awesome and the steering wheel is the size of the 3.
Soul red for the lascivious soccer mom.
nice two rear tow hooks
One of the pre-delivery guys and a salesman drove around the block. The tightness of the suspension and power were the first points. The last of the outgoing models that was on the lot, for comparison, was "severely floaty". Actually not a comparison. I'll get some interior shots tomorrow. Hope to go for a spin myself, before I switch marques next month.
With the CX-9 and CX-5 side by side, it's almost like a CX-5 next to a CX-3. The CX-9 isn't the greatest thing but, it looks fresh, looks like this is what the CX-9 should have been all along. That snout is long and it looks like the rest of the Mazda models could adopt that sharknose treatment(a la RX-Vision). Good job, Mazda.
The new Highlander is a hideous monstrosity and the CX-9 really helps illustrate that.
Funnily enough, the last time I drove a CX9, (the previous model), I thought the suspension was already pretty tight and buttoned down compared to what it goes against here (Explorer, Pajero, Grand Santa Fe).
Well, today was my last day at Mazda. Was hoping to try out the CX-9 but, it's been locked up until July 4th.
Here is a CX3 pic from Goodwood last weekend...
The hood of the CX-3 is longer than my GS300. I parked next to one the other day and it seemed like a ridiculously inefficient use of space. Lexus managed to pack an inline 6 in my car just fine.
That's because the Sky Activ manifold layout requires a lot of space.
Not really in this transverse layout.
It's more pedestrian safety/styling related. The front over hand is essentially the same size as the front on the Mazda 3 and CX-5, but those cars both have longer rear overhangs which reduce the visual effect of the front end styling.
All-new CX-5 spied
Narrower lights seem to be inspired by the CX-9.
Definitely needed a bit of a refresh, though. After seeing it next to 3's and 9's at the showroom the other day, it's just a bit different, now.
Also, man. I wish we had 7-Elevens around here again.
Technically a mid-cycle refresh isn't "all new" which is what this appears to be, but it'll be interesting to see that nose without the camo.
Maybe closer to the concept with the "wings" in the grill.
Someone with quick access to a photo editing software should brighten this up.
Lexus-esque headlight covers. Whoa, how much will those cost to replace?
Now it doesn't look like it has a floating roof design.
That's a looooong front overhang.
Can't believe the second-gen is already incoming, feels like the first just launched. Still probably my favourite in the sector too, so don't really know what could be done to improve on it.