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  • - The more and more I do car videos,

  • the more I'm surprised at what viewers wanna see.

  • In my height I thought,

  • "Well, everybody is gonna wanna see Ferraris,

  • "or just pure sports cars like the Chevy Corsica," but no.

  • Over and over again, this has been requested,

  • the Mazda CX-9.

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  • Believe it or not, the CX-9 is on the same architecture

  • as the CX-5 and the Mazda 3.

  • You would never guess because this thing looks immense.

  • It's wider, longer.

  • It's just more beefy.

  • Now when you talk about exteriors,

  • everybody has got a different opinion.

  • When you look at that, I almost got in a fist fight

  • over that grille with Turbowski.

  • Straight on, I think it's one of the best integrations

  • on any Mazda car, but when you get to the side,

  • it looks like you drove it into a wall,

  • and that's what he said.

  • And the more I look at the car from the side,

  • the more I feel the same way.

  • So let's talk about the front.

  • You have the LED accents in the headlights,

  • much like all the new modern Mazdas,

  • but you also have LED low beams and high beams,

  • which are a really nice touch.

  • The light output is excellent at night on this car.

  • Coming along the side of the CX-9,

  • this is where you start to see that up-sizing effect

  • that I spoke about earlier.

  • The lines work really well on this vehicle specifically.

  • It doesn't look awkward

  • like it does on some of the smaller cars.

  • One of my favorite parts

  • are these gunmetal-ish 20 inch wheels,

  • and yes, I know, the tires are gonna cost

  • a ridiculous amount for this car, but it looks so good here.

  • But where this falls apart,

  • and we talked about this in the shop, is this.

  • These plastic, non-painted panels all over the car,

  • and it just is a total distraction here.

  • And then on top of it,

  • they stick this chrome finishing accent on it,

  • and it just, you know what?

  • I actually would take this

  • and I would have a body shop paint all of it.

  • I just don't like it.

  • The back of the CX-9, I can just describe it

  • really in one way, and that is streamlined.

  • The lines are really clean.

  • There's just not an overuse of anything.

  • I'm not a huge fan of the chrome,

  • but the taillight design is compact,

  • the center lines are compact.

  • It just looks really clean and efficient.

  • Now unlike the CX-5, this has a power lift gate,

  • which is just like every other power lift gate.

  • It's way too slow.

  • You really don't have much manual control over it.

  • So for a vehicle like this, of course,

  • you're gonna have an electronic liftgate.

  • I couldn't see them doing a manual one.

  • It's just too big.

  • Here's what's good about the back end of the CX-9 is

  • everything is manual back here.

  • To flip down the seats,

  • the actual headrest goes down automatically

  • when you pull this lever and you push it down.

  • Now, pulling it back up is a little bit of a stretch,

  • and I'll be honest, I don't like it at all.

  • I have longer legs.

  • If you're really short,

  • this is probably gonna be a pain in the ass for you.

  • The second thing I don't like is these handles here,

  • these release handles.

  • They feel so cheap.

  • They feel like I could literally break them off

  • in probably a hundred times of pulling this,

  • especially if you're really reaching and in a hurry.

  • I don't know how they're gonna hold up,

  • but I'm just saying, try them out for yourself.

  • The next thing is, there is a ton of room

  • when you fold down all these seats.

  • Now the other negative here is

  • there is a huge gap in between,

  • and I noticed that right away

  • when I threw my tripod in the back.

  • It would always get stuck in between the seats,

  • and god, does it piss me off,

  • because I can't reach it from the back.

  • I have to go in the back door, dig it out, and pull it up.

  • And I can't move these seats back,

  • the frontal seats, to close that gap,

  • and I'm not sure if there's something I'm missing here,

  • but it's definitely something to note.

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  • So we are under the CX-9,

  • and what we've learned about this

  • is that for the most part, the architecture underneath

  • is shared with the CX-5 and the Mazda 3.

  • So a lot of all this has been reused.

  • Now in terms of suspension components, linkages, bushings,

  • tie rod ends, all that type of stuff

  • is all unique to the CX-9 and has been up-sized

  • because this is a much larger vehicle, but you can tell

  • with the frame structure and the sub-frame structure

  • how much room is in this suspension,

  • and the wheel wells on this

  • because they moved things outward.

  • And obviously it's nice,

  • because you can actually see in here for once.

  • The front part of the underbody is like identical

  • to the other Mazdas we've seen.

  • You have the front aerial panels,

  • all of this is covered up for air flow purposes.

  • There is strategically mounted drain holes

  • and holes all over the place.

  • - There are a very large amount of holes.

  • We should count 'em.

  • - It would probably take a week

  • to count all these holes under here.

  • But you're no stranger to counting holes, so.

  • We do have a service panel

  • to get to the oil drain cock and the filter.

  • - Why do they have two screw type fasteners here

  • and two push-in type fasteners here?

  • - I don't know.

  • - Why not just go all four of these,

  • 'cause these are gonna break

  • or some yahoo is just gonna throw 'em out.

  • - Right.

  • - It's gonna fall off anyways.

  • - I don't like it.

  • Strut-based front suspension.

  • No adjustability for alignment aside from tow.

  • But something you noticed right away

  • that's different from the other Mazdas.

  • - What's that?

  • - The rubber isolators.

  • - Oh yes.

  • - Vibration dampers.

  • They have them strategically placed on this car.

  • You have one on the lower control arms,

  • and you noticed some other ones, too.

  • - [Scott] Two on the struts.

  • - Yeah, two on the actual struts themselves in the uprights.

  • Interesting.

  • And the actual wheel wells are coated

  • with a material to reduce road noise.

  • It's a felt-like fabric that reduces tire and wheel noise,

  • tire road noise, whatever.

  • So that's really about it on the front, Scott.

  • So as we get to the back and the middle of the vehicle,

  • this is an all-wheel drive model,

  • and I cannot believe they offer

  • a front wheel drive only for this

  • because of the torque output at low RPMs,

  • but these on-demand systems

  • in most all-wheel drive cars or SUVs of this type

  • are primarily front-wheel drive biased.

  • Now the drive shaft is always spinning while it's driving,

  • and this whole rear end is activated

  • via an electromagnetic clutch

  • which is controlled electronically.

  • So when the computer decides

  • that it needs to send power to the rear, (snaps fingers)

  • it sends voltage, locks that clutch,

  • and can slip the clutch as well

  • to send power to these rear wheels

  • to balance out the power split front to rear.

  • Now this is not any different than all the other systems

  • from Toyota, Hyundai, Honda, all of that, it's the same.

  • Now where Mazda differentiates

  • where they talk about this all the time

  • is their use of sensor data.

  • They wanna make this as proactive as possible,

  • which means it looks at ambient temperature.

  • It looks at steering angle sensors.

  • It looks at g-force, yaw rate,

  • so it knows if you're on a hill.

  • If you're on a hill, obviously,

  • it wants to send the power differently.

  • It knows when it's super cold out, potential snow,

  • when your windshield wipers are on, it knows when it's wet,

  • so it can always adjust the power before you get slippage.

  • It can react faster than you can.

  • So that's their big thing.

  • They spent a ton of time with that.

  • Now in terms of the actual drive train,

  • from talking to Dave, or I've emailed Dave some questions,

  • this is almost identical to the CX-5.

  • The differential is identical.

  • They haven't really up-sized it here.

  • Most everything is shared from the CX-5,

  • and actually in the CX-5 during the planning

  • they knew they were gonna build this,

  • so a lot of it is very similar.

  • (sighs)

  • This is the way of the future, bro.

  • - The big wheels and big grilles.

  • - Yep.

  • How much are these?

  • - 200 bucks.

  • What's the tread life?

  • - I didn't even look at that.

  • I was afraid to look at that.

  • - Pertinent information, 300.

  • - God.

  • Okay, so you're gonna pay,

  • for a really crumby set of tires on here,

  • about 165 is gonna be about the lowest you're gonna find.

  • These are 200 and you can go all the way up to about 289.

  • Winter tires are about 180 for this.

  • So it's something to note in terms of consumables,

  • and you'll probably get what,

  • two years out of these, three years?

  • - Depends on who's driving.

  • You're driving it, a year.

  • - Yeah, with all the torque in the front,

  • at least you can rotate 'em, 'cause I think

  • you're gonna be tearing up the fronts

  • if you're driving hard.

  • You said this hood is almost as long as that, what?

  • - 1963 Bonneville.

  • This is, what did I say?

  • 48 inches from the metal to here.

  • That's 52.

  • - [Mark] The Bonneville is 52 and this is 48?

  • - [Scott] Yeah, and that has a proper engine

  • and a proper layout.

  • - What's not proper about this?

  • - Just look at it.

  • My God.

  • - Okay, so let's talk about this,

  • because this is a big deal.

  • A lot of people that are

  • huge Mazda fanatics or fans in general

  • have been waiting a long time for this 2.5 liter,

  • to have a car that makes some horsepower and torque,

  • so here it is.

  • - They should've built a V6

  • instead of did this to a four cylinder.

  • - They didn't want a V6.

  • That's why they built this,

  • is to avoid having to do V6s and V8s,

  • because they feel they can get

  • the same effect out of a turbo four as a V6,

  • have it more powerful and more efficient--

  • - And 10 times more complicated.

  • - It is complicated, I'll give you that.

  • I would not wanna work on this car.

  • We looked at it front to back,

  • and compared to the regular two liter and 2.5,