CX9 Overall Reliability and Owner Satisfaction

Okie Dokie, went back to the Mazda dealer today, same dealer cause they're close to where I'm staying in Florida. My wife wanted to drive the CX5 diesel, and so we did. It was like a dog and pony show but without the pony. I mean it was very doggy in performance but in all other aspects it was a beautiful car and fully equipped. So, the CX9 is out, the CX5 diesel is out, there is only one left, the CX5 gas engine.
Why you ask? Well, as was said here, its lighter than the CX9 so maybe has better performance. So we drove it and it does in fact have better performance. I then measured the cargo area...the jury is still out, I would have to load it up to see how it swallows our luggage and stuff.
Bottom line, .. we will go back once more and take them up on their offer to take it over a weekend so I have the time to get it up on the interstate, fill up the cargo area and see how it does.
 
Drive either the Signature or GTR. Those two have same 250/227hp engine as CX-9.
Yup, drove the Sig trim level CX5. For an AWD, I was surprised that it exhibited torque steer when nailing it while coming out of a turn. I suppose it favors the front wheels but it broke my steering wheel grip when it did that. The leather wrapped wheel is very very smooth and I found it a bit slippery in normal driving when needing to turn the car. I neglected to ask the dealer if they had 87 or 93 octane in the tank. I guess if I'n now going to discuss the CX5, I'm in the wrong forum.
 
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Mazda, 2016 CX-9 Signature
If you are interested in power look at the link titled "Anyone here get their 2.5T tuned yet?" Also I haven't noticed any torque steer that you have described. Keep in mind Mazda dials the torque WAY back at 3700rpm.
 
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2019 CX9 GT AWD
Yup, drove the Sig trim level CX5. For an AWD, I was surprised that it exhibited torque steer when nailing it while coming out of a turn. I suppose it favors the front wheels but it broke my steering wheel grip when it did that. The leather wrapped wheel is very very smooth and I found it a bit slippery in normal driving when needing to turn the car. I neglected to ask the dealer if they had 87 or 93 octane in the tank. I guess if I'n now going to discuss the CX5, I'm in the wrong forum.
Torque is same 310lb-ft (320 on 2020) regardless of gas octane.
 
A lot of people have experienced the torque steer. It is common on the CX-9 as well and there is an entire post dedicated to it on this forum. I think it is a combination of very high torque at very low rpm with not very grippy tires and a front wheel drive bias. I don't really notice it in my everyday driving but can force it to happen if I want. That's a lot of torque really early in the power band, max torque is at 2000 rpm. A lot of people didn't believe at first that Mazda would fit that engine in the CX-5 and mazda 6 because of the very high torque amount for these light cars.

This engine is tuned differently from the norm and you kind of have to readjust to it slightly to enjoy it. It is not a fun engine to rev high, but it gives you everything immediately. It is very satisfying in normal driving because the torque is immediately there, but doesn't give you more as the revs climbs (its already maxed out at 2000 rpm.) Anyway I could go on and on and geek out about it, but I like it. My last car could do 300HP but close to its rev limit, and you would have to stay in 2nd gear all the way to 50 miles per hour to really enjoy it. Different characters.
 

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