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Mazda’s Newest SUV Lineup

Mazda’s Newest SUV Lineup

May 30, 2017

Mazda has long been one of the most reliable automakers with a strong focus on economical vehicles. In 2017, Mazda continues its efforts to improve on their crossover SUV lineup. They still strive for reliability, good handling, and good gas mileage and have, for the most part, achieved their goals. The currently available models have all been improved, at least slightly. There is a brand new version of one of their old tried and true SUVs in the wings, too, that is a very pleasant surprise.


Have any of the 2017 Mazda SUVs won awards?


Yes. The CX-9 won 2017 Motor Trend SUV of the year. Motor Trend was especially impressed by “The sporty steering, rev-blipping shifts, meaty torque, and neutral chassis.” They were decidedly unimpressed by “The weak AC; front-drive torque steer.” Car and Driver awarded the 2017 CX-9 the Best Mid-Size SUV.
Mazda won Best Car Brand from U.S. News & World Report.


Does Mazda have any diesel SUVs?


Not at the moment, but … there will be one available this year. Mazda is hoping to have the new diesel-powered CX-5 models available to the general public sometime in the second half of 2017. It looks just like the gas-powered CX-5, but there is a SKYACTIV-D 2.2-liter diesel-powered engine under the hood. Mazda says this diesel CX-5 will get much better mileage than the gas-powered model. They haven’t released the actual figures just yet, though. They also have not advertised a price yet. Hopefully, they will manage to keep it under $30,000. Fingers crossed!


Are there any big changes to the 2017 Mazda CX-9?


The CX-9 hasn’t been changed much for 2017, which isn’t a surprise since it underwent a major overhaul for 2016. You can get a Sport package added on that includes a power driver seat, heated front seats and heated mirrors for $950. Smart City Brake Support now comes standard on the Touring model along with an 8-inch touch screen. The Touring premium model comes with a few more goodies like SiriusXM satellite radio, a 12-speaker Bose system, backup sensors and rain-sensing wipers.


Does Mazda have a 2017 CUV that seats more than five people?


Yes. The CX-9 seats seven. It has three-row seating and is available in four trim packages: the Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, and Signature.


Do the new Mazda SUVs get good gas mileage?


Yes, the smaller models get pretty good mileage for crossover SUVs. The front wheel drive (FWD) CX-3 gets an estimated 35 mpg highway and 29 mpg in the city. The all-wheel drive (AWD) CX-3 gets 32 mpg on the highway and 27 mpg in the city. The FWD CX-5 gets 31 mpg on the highway and 24 mpg in the city while the AWD model gets 29 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg in the city. The CX-9 doesn’t get such great mileage, but it’s still not terrible. The FWD model gets 28 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg in the city while the AWD model gets only 26 mpg on the highway and 20 mpg in the city.


How much do the 2017 Mazda SUVs cost?


The 2017 Mazda CX-3 starts out at $19,960 for the base Sport model, $21,960 for the Touring and $24,990 for the Grand Touring.

The CX-5 starts out at $24,045 for the basic Sport model. The Touring model starts out at $25,915, and the Grand Touring is $29,395 for the base model.

The CX-9 starts out at $31,520 for the Sport model. The CX-9 Touring package costs $35,970 for the base model. The Grand Touring is $40,470, and the Signature trim will cost $44,315.


Do any of the 2017 Mazda SUVs come with a manual transmission?


Unfortunately, this is one of the big changes for 2017. In 2016, you could get the CX-5 with a manual transmission. This is no longer the case. None of Mazda’s 2017 SUVs are available in the United States with a manual transmission.


Were there any significant changes made to the 2017 CX-3 and CX-5?


The CX-5 has had some significant changes for 2017. It has been redesigned to drive more like a sports car with a smoother ride and improved fuel economy. The exterior has been refined a bit, too. The rear end has narrower taillights, the front headlights are a bit sleeker looking, and the grille fans out to frame the headlights. It also comes in a snazzy new paint color called Soul Red Crystal.

The CX-3 hasn’t undergone quite as many changes. This year’s Touring model comes with 18-inch alloy wheels. Mazda has also reduced the price of their iACTIVSENSE add-on package for the CX-3. It comes with high-beam control, auto on/off headlights, brake assist, adaptive cruise control, rain-sensing wipers and lane departure warning. You can get it added on for $1,170 now, which is $750 cheaper.


How many Mazda SUV/CUV models are there?


There are three 2017 Mazda CUV models available. They are all CUV’s (SUV crossovers). The Mazda CX-3 is the smallest. The next size up is the CX-5, and the CX-9 is the biggest model.

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