News - Mazda CX-9
Mazda slashes CX-9 fuel consumption
Petrol prowess: The only model to come close to Mazda's CX-9 fuel economy is the similarly named XC-90 from Volvo.
Fuel use cut by as much as a quarter for new Mazda CX-9
4 March 2016
MAZDA's CX-9 large SUV has taken a significant step up in fuel economy for its
second-generation, with a weight reduction of up to 160kg and a smaller, more
efficient engine accounting for as much as a 28 per cent cut to fuel use.
With a downsizing of its 3.7-litre V6 petrol to a smaller turbocharged
2.5-litre four-cylinder, the new CX-9 has the greatest gains when in
front-wheel drive configuration, which now uses 8.4 litres per 100km on the
combined cycle or 11.0L/100km about town – improvements of 24 per cent and 28
per cent respectively.
For the four-wheel drive version, combined use is down 21 per cent to
8.8L/100km and exactly a quarter less in the urban test to 11.4L/100km.
Range-wide on average, those improvements represent just under a 25 per cent
increase in fuel economy – the best in its class says the Japanese car-maker.
With only one other four-cylinder petrol rival in the seven-seat SUV segment,
the CX-9 trumps all the key players for economy, including the Nissan
Pathfinder (9.9L/100km) and Toyota Kluger (10.2L/100km), which both have
Fiat does offer a 2.4-litre four-pot version of its Freemont with an economy
figure of 9.8L/100km, but customers have to step up to the 3.6-litre V6
Crossroad variant to get seven seats, increasing fuel use to 10.4L/100km.
Only the Volvo XC90 T6 comes close to the Mazda with a figure of 8.5L/100km
with its turbo 2.0-litre four-cylinder, but at $93,950 before on-road costs,
the all-paw-only Volvo is likely to be significantly more expensive than the
Land Rover's Discovery Sport is also on offer with an efficient turbocharged
four-cylinder engine but seven seat-versions are only available with diesel
Pricing for the new Mazda large SUV range is yet to be confirmed but it is not
expected to deviate greatly from the $43,770 starting price of the current
model, when the first examples arrive in Australia mid-year.
At its core, the second-gen CX-9 uses the company's newest SkyActiv-G engine,
which has direct injection, a dual-valve Dynamic Pressure turbo and exhaust gas
recirculation (EGR) to produce 170kW at 5000 rpm and 420Nm of torque from 2000
In addition to the advances in Mazda engine tech, the new model also features
lightweight SkyActiv construction techniques found in other models,
i-Activsense active safety systems, and i-Activ off-road technology for all-paw
Mazda Australia marketing director Alastair Doak said the new model would
continue to attract loyal customers with its range of features and improved
“The fuel economy numbers alone position brand new Mazda CX-9 as a
class-leading option for buyers wanting a large, seven-seater, petrol SUV,” he
“The CX-9 has always been very highly regarded; we think that even more SUV
buyers will want to acquaint themselves with this car once they see the brand
new model in the metal. There’s a lot to like in this vehicle.”