Following recent tests, Mazda CX-9 fuel economy was confirmed to be the best in the three-row mid-size crossover segment, according to EPA estimates. Mazda made the announcement on March 2nd, claiming the CX-9 crossover’s official fuel rating of 22 mpg in the city, 28 on the highway, and 25 mpg combined made the CX-9 the most efficient crossover in its class in terms of city gas mileage. This follows a 32-percent improvement in fuel economy of the current generation over its predecessor.
The improved fuel economy is attributed to Mazda’s new, lighter SkyActiv platform, which reduces weight while enhancing handling and performance, and the CX-9’s turbocharged engine. The engine, called the SKYACTIV-G 2.5T, is said to produce the same power as a V6 engine without burning the same amount of fuel. At 250 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, this estimate is fairly accurate. The new engine also employs a feature known as Dynamic Pressure Turbo, which cools the engine without using gas.
“SKYACTIV Technology once again demonstrates there’s no need to compromise between driving enjoyment and frugality—even when it comes to hauling around your family,” senior vice president of U.S. Operations, MNAO Robert Davis commented. “CX-9 elevates our brand with a host of new, advanced technology and luxury features but stays true to our company principles: lightweight, fun to drive, stylish and purposeful.”
Despite the fact that Mazda CX-9 fuel economy is best when the crossover is equipped with the standard front-wheel drive, the CX-9 is also offered with available i-Activ all-wheel drive. i-Activ is engineered to create as little mechanical friction as possible, which serves to further assist in keeping down fuel consumption. The CX-9’s weight loss and power and efficiency boost will undoubtedly make the crossover a notable and popular member of its class.