Is the CX-9 4 cylinder engine enough?

JPL

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2018 Mazda6, CX-9
I was amazed at how far 4-cyclinder engines had come after buying the CX-9. Surpassing the power that V-8's used to do. In speeds which are legal, this is the least sluggish crossover in this class you'll find. Above 90 mph, it might start to loose steam if you're still accelerating compared to V-6's. Even with 7 people on board, it does well unless for some reason you're still trying to drag race.
 

sm1ke

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'18 CX-9 Signature
Agree the whole point here is whether the 4 banger in the CX-9 is sufficient or not, I brought up the MDX example since I saw the YouTube video earlier and was amazed on how the CX-9 did compared to a brand new MDX! The CX-9 was introduced in 2016, the the MDX in 2021, V6 and about $10k more for similarly equipped vehicle and the performance, acceleration is very close especially in day to day driving not drag racing. Same thing with the Toyota Highlander which is also a V6, 0-60 is very close/almost the same as the CX-9. Actually the highlander will no longer have a V6 next year. Toyota is doing like Mazda and introducing a turbo 4 cylinder!!.. all of this proves that the 4 cylinder in the CX-9 is more than adequate. I had a car accident 2 months ago and got 2 loaners since it took long time to get the parts from Mazda due to COVID, I got Toyota 4 Runner 2022(6 Cylinder Engine) for 2 weeks then a 2022 Nissan Armada which is a V8, I can swear that I did not feel much of a difference in acceleration on any of them on day to day driving (if I floor it in a drag race then maybe yes), highway, overpassing, etc. Its nothing like the old days where the difference was a day and night. After returning those cars and getting my CX-9 back it felt like I am driving a German car, big difference in fit, finish, smoothness and they way low end torque move the car from stop.

Agreed on all points. Before I bought my CX-9, I did test drive a 2018 4Runner Limited after taking the CX-9 for a test drive. In 0-60, the 4Runner is slower on paper by about 0.5s, but it actually felt more like 3 or 4s. Initial acceleration just made everything feel heavy. The high torque of the 2.5T really makes the CX-9 feel smaller and more spirited than the 4Runner.
 
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18 Mazda CX5 AW
Agreed on all points. Before I bought my CX-9, I did test drive a 2018 4Runner Limited after taking the CX-9 for a test drive. In 0-60, the 4Runner is slower on paper by about 0.5s, but it actually felt more like 3 or 4s. Initial acceleration just made everything feel heavy. The high torque of the 2.5T really makes the CX-9 feel smaller and more spirited than the 4Runner.
Agree. Have a CX5. It felt faster than all other vehicles i tested to include all 4 pots (tucson, rav4, rogue, etc) and some 6 cylinder like Forerinner, Murano, Jeep,etc.
 

Fawiek

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2018 CX-9 GT
I have a 2018 CX9 GT from new. I test it drive several three row SUVs and narrowed it down to the Atlas or the CX9. The Atlas felt bigger and way more sluggish, not nearly as fast. The CX9 felt nimble around corners and just responded better where it just felt faster on the butt dyno. The low torque is really something, especially with premium.

With regular fuel I'm at 8 seconds flat 0-60. With 91-93 octane fuel I'm at 6.9 seconds 0-60. That's a big difference but it's a turbo so meh. With the JB4, that's down another half second. I'm more than happy with the thing-- though it has other gripes.

Keep an eye on excessive vibrations on the seat. It turned out to be both rear CV shafts for several of us. After the dealer replaced mine under warranty, the car is so freaking smooth. Seems like they know about it but isn't handing it flyers yet.

If you can wait for the second year if the cx90 go for it... Otherwise, if you get your hands on a cx9 I don't think you'll be disappointed!