Mazda, most known for making small, road-hugging sports cars, is out to prove that full-size SUVs can go “zoom-zoom” too. They’ve built the 2014 Mazda CX-9, the biggest SUV in the automaker’s lineup, to feel and drive like a roadster—well, as much like a roadster as a full-size SUV can get. The classy utility vehicle might be nearly 17-feet long, but the design and engineering behind this vehicle keep it handling like a dream.
The CX-9 runs on a 3.7L V6 engine, which can power out up to 270 horsepower when mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The CX-9, a standard front-wheel-drive vehicle that also offers all-wheel-drive capability, can hit a top speed of 118 miles per hour. It posts 22 mpg on the way and has a starting price under $30,000.
You can outfit this SUV with all kinds of bells and whistles, too; upgrades like the Technology Package and the Grand Touring premium trim add even more comfort and capability to the CX-9. With performance numbers and special options like these—plus, more rear legroom than other full-size SUVs—it simply doesn’t make sense to us here at Parks Mazda that the CX-9 isn’t at the top of the sales chart. Come see us today; we bet we can persuade you of the CX-9’s full-size SUV supremacy as well.