Daily Archives: April 13, 2013

2013 Mazda CX-9

If your family is in need of a vehicle with a third row of seats, the 2013 Mazda CX-9 may be just what you need. This vehicle comes with a sharper, sportier, and more aggressive look than previous. Our Experts consider it to be both a responsive and refined vehicle. One of the most popular highlighted features includes the fact that it has such a spacious tall-wagon interior. Based on an extensive list of cross over SUv’s we’ve test driven over the years, the Mazda CX-9 is definitely the better looking of the bunch.   The MSRP for this vehicle is estimated to be between $29,000 and $36,000. In terms of gas mileage, it is expected to get between 16-17 mpg in the city and 22-24 mpg on the highway.

Performance wise, there is not much that is expected to change between this model and previous models. It is still going to retain its 273 horsepower and its six-speed automatic transmission. This vehicle is also going to have a respectable number of safety features including the Forward Obstruction Warning System, High Beam Control System, and Lane Departure Warning System. There are high hopes that this vehicle will receive a higher safety rating than previous models.

In terms of purchase options, customers can choose to upgrade the stock audio to the 11-speaker BOSE  surround sound.  Other media infotainment features can also be upgraded including GPS navigation, voice command and a rear-view camera.

Interior wise, the 2013 Mazda CX-9 is expected to deliver the same package as previous models. This means that you will be able to fit five average size adults in the first two rows and three in the last row. Typically, most individuals opt for putting children in the back row because it is smaller and a little more difficult to get to and away from. The front driver seat also has a plethora of room which makes it a great vehicle for taller individuals who are looking for something comfortable to drive. The interior quality of the Mazda CX-9 does fall short from some of its competitors such as the Nissan Pathfinder, but it still stands strong with its high quality leather and materials used throughout the cabin space.

We were quite pleased with the performance and handling of the 2013 Mazda CX-9.  Just like its inherent breed, the zoom-zoom driving dynamics and acceleration pulls out a grin every time we punch the pedal.  The overall chassis feels stiff and performs well on cornering; however, due to its size and weight, we did experience a bit of body roll.   Having the ability to fit 7 passengers while retaining its acceleration and handling capabilities makes the Mazda CX-9 quite a unique blend of both function and performance.

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2013 Mazda 6

The 2013 Mazda 6 midsize sedan proves that practicality does not need to be boring. With its powerful, aggressive coupe-like body shape and Mazda’s trademark zoom zoom driving dynamics, it is the “fun-loving cousin” in the midsize sedan family. The 2013 Mazda 6 sedan features a bold new exterior design and a luxurious and spacious cabin loaded with convenience features, which provides an optimum driving environment. It also sports Mazda’s efficient, powerful Skyactiv engine technology which delivers impressive fuel economy, and innovative brake-energy regeneration technology.

Buyers have a choice between a 170 horsepower, 2.5-liter 4-cyliner engine (6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic), or the more powerful torque of a 272-horsepower V6 (6 speed automatic). Mazda’s Skyactiv technology improves the engines’ efficiency by 15 percent, giving the 2.5-liter an EPA rating of 21/30 mpg (city/highway) and the V6 a rating of 18/27 mpg.

Exterior details of the 2013 Mazda 6 are the sportiest and most beautiful in its class. With rippled, muscular fender lines, a “swoopy” arched roof-line, and a refined corporate grille and front end, this sedan has a sporty, smooth, and masculine – but attractively refined – appearance.

Although the 2013 Mazda 6 interior is sophisticated and thoroughly modern, with many curves, sweeping lines, and metallic accents, it is also exceptionally comfortable for everyday driving. The cabin is spacious and relaxing, with a sporty seating position that offers an expansive view of the road, and supportive, form-hugging seats front and back that will seat 5. The gear lever and controls are conveniently arranged for intuitive and ergonomic operation. Added to the high quality interior materials and roomy trunk space, the Mazda 6’s interior is one of the best among the midsize sedans on the market.

The Mazda 6 sets itself apart from other midsize sedans with its nimble handling and Mazda’s engaging zoom zoom driving experience. The 6’s steering is remarkably tactile, and its suspension is efficient even with hard cornering. The engineering excellence of its chassis gives a feeling of confidence and foursquare reassurance to the driver. It enters curves confidently, with quick steering response and a grippy, roll-free front end. Even without a lot of horsepower, there is substantial midrange torque, so responses are eager, acceleration is smooth and the Mazda 6 cruises effortlessly on the highway at less than 3000 rpm.

The 2013 Mazda 6 midsize sedan is a family car that blends the best attributes of a luxury car with the sporty feeling of a coupe. It is a strong contender in the competitive midsize sedan market. Mazda has maintained the exciting driving experience for which it is well-known, delivering strong acceleration and eager responses. A roomy, comfortable cabin and attractive MSRP of $20,725 – $29,990 furthers the 2013 Mazda 6’s appeal. If good fuel economy, spacious interior, and a comfortable everyday commute is what you are looking for, the Mazda 6 earns its place on the top podium among entry level midsize sedans.

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