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Eric's Autos: 2021 Mazda CX-9

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It has a perplexing non-touchscreen interface.

Under the Hood

All CX-9s come standard with a turbocharged 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that makes 250 horsepower and 320 foot-pounds of torque ... provided you feed it 93 octane premium gasoline.

If you feed the boosted four regular 87 octane unleaded, it makes only 227 horsepower because the computer will dial back the boost.

The good news is it makes almost the same 310 foot-pounds of torque whether you feed it regular or premium, so the V-8 feel down low in the powerband remains the same regardless.

A six-speed automatic is standard.


On the Road

The CX-9 can get to 60 mph in about seven seconds -- and is equally at home in the curves.

Somehow, Mazda has dialed in the feel of driving a Miata in a Mazda more than twice the size and weight.

There is none of the heavy, understeering and unsettled feel you get in other crossovers this size when you try to get going.


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