Mazda CX-9

Our good friends at Mazda had the first press event of the second day of the 2006 New York International Auto Show press preview. Fortunately, there was enough real news being presented that it cut through our hangover nicely. First up was the debut of the all-new crossover CX-9. A seven-passenger SUV, the CX-9 looks like a bigger brother to the CX-7 we recently previewed and will soon be driving-but the two vehicles are not related.

Power for the CX-9 comes from a 3.5-liter V6 and a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel-drive is standard; all-wheel-drive optional. The interior has a definite upscale feel, too. If it drives anything like the nimble Mazda cars we’ve been getting used to, this could well be the most fun seven-seat SUV out there.


Mazda CX-9

Mazda, New York International Auto Show

Charlie is Roadfly’s founder and publisher, and was taught to drive by his father in a 1974 Porsche 914. That made poor Charlie a Porsche fanboy for life, and after driving a 911SC at 16, he bought and campaigned a variety of 944s at racetracks up and down the East Coast, earning awards and track records in his twenties. Charlie never really got over the car bug, and after a career in real estate development he founded the Internet media firm that became Roadfly. Charlie lives in McLean, VA with his wife and two daughters, and between the demands of family and business doesn’t have much time to play with cars anymore, excluding the machinery we review.

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