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2021.5 Mazda CX-9

The Mazda CX-9 is the largest SUV that the company produces, seating up to seven across its three rows while offering a high level of performance and technology. And while the 2021 release of the model was a major success, the automaker has refused to rest on its laurels, and has released a mid-year update that enhances many features to make this an even more desirable vehicle. The result is the 2021.5 Mazda CX-9, and here's why it's an SUV that deserves your full attention.

Powertrain and Performance

Most SUVs of this size are based around a V6 engine, but for the CX-9 Mazda has rung the changes by instead providing a turbocharged model as the standard mill. The 2.5L direct injection design produces an admirable output of 227 horsepower and 310lb-ft of torque, passed through a six-speed automatic transmission to all-wheel drive as standard. The result is a peppy drive that belies the size of this SUV, with drivability enhanced even further by the optional use of manual paddle shifters to step through the gears.

But great performance aside, the advantage of using a smaller turbo engine rather than a large V6 is shown in the fuel economy figures, where the powerful CX-9 boasts attractive figures of 9.1L / 100km for highway driving and 11.6L in typical city conditions.

Interior and Infotainment

Putting three rows into a mid-size frame means CX-9's interior might not have the vast spaciousness of a passenger minivan, but it certainly provides an impressively upscale experience. High-end materials are used throughout, including soft-touch plastics, brushed aluminum, and real wood trims, to create a feel that wouldn't be out of place in a much more expensive SUV.

But perhaps the most striking update with the 2021.5 model is the size of infotainment display. The original release was equipped with a 7" model, which looked a little miserly for a modern family SUV. Thankfully, the 2021.5 update boosts the size to a generous 10.3" and also updates the software that runs the system. The Mazda Connected Services suite now provides remote access to vehicle telemetrics, interior controls, and more through a dedicated smartphone app. More traditional features include smartphone integration through Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth streaming, and HD radio as standard, plus a wireless charging pad on all but the entry level trims.

Active Safety and Driver Assist

The driver assist systems have also been enhanced across the board for the 2021.5 CX-9, with more features offered as standard. Key highlights include:

- Forward collision warnings with pedestrian detection and automated emergency braking.
- Lane departure warnings with lane keep assist.
- Adaptive cruise control.
- Blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts.

Higher trims also include such advanced features as a head-up display and a rear parking aid to round out the safety and assist suite.

Test Drive the 2021.5 Mazda CX-9 at Wolfe Langley Mazda

Experience the unmatched comfort of the 2021.5 Mazda CX-9 with a test drive from our Surrey location. If you need a seven-seater SUV that blends power under the hood with luxury in the cabin, you can't afford to miss out on this newly enhanced model.

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