2016 Mazda CX-9 Gets Up to 28 MPG Highway

New turbo-four engine uses Skyactiv technology.

The redesigned 2016 Mazda CX-9 debuts a new engine for Mazda, a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that uses the company's Skyactiv technology. We now know that this new powertrain gives the three-row crossover impressive efficiency, as the EPA has rated the new CX-9 at 25 mpg combined when equipped with front-wheel drive.

 

The city rating sits at 22 mpg, and highway at 28 mpg for the front-wheel drive CX-9. Adding all-wheel drive drops the city and highway numbers down to 21 and 27 mpg, respectively, while the combined figure falls to 23 mpg. A six-speed automatic is the sole transmission choice.

Though the turbo-four's 250 hp seems a bit low for this class, Mazda is touting this new engine's strong torque output, as it provides 310 lb-ft of torque as low as 2,000 rpm. That number is significantly higher than the previous-generation CX-9's 270 lb-ft of torque; that model used a 3.7-liter V-6 engine and only achieved 19 mpg combined.

 

The 2016 Mazda CX-9's EPA numbers also put it at the top of its class. The closest competitors are the 2016 Honda Pilot and the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder, both of which achieve 23 mpg combined when equipped with front-wheel drive. The only other competitive crossover with a turbo four-cylinder, the 2016 Ford Explorer, is even lower, at 22 mpg combined.

 

Look for more details on the 2016 Mazda CX-9, including pricing, to come out closer to its on-sale date in late spring of this year.

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