Ryan wants to see if he has missed any seven-seat SUV options.
Hey team, I am about to buy a new 2016 Mazda CX-9 but just want to check on whether there is anything else I have missed.
To be honest, I would have preferred a diesel but couldn’t really find anything as nice as the Mazda. Have I missed any other models that I should have driven?
Thanks Ryan. First of all, let us just say that the Mazda CX-9 is a lovely vehicle. The only issue that we can see with it, especially given that you would have preferred a diesel, is that you are going to have to be prepared for the fuel consumption.
The Mazda CX-9 3.7 litre V6 engine uses up to about 15.0L/100km in city driving! Throw some passengers and gear on-board and you can be above that even. If you hold out however a new-generation CX-9 is coming this year with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
Options? Well the Toyota Kluger and Nissan Pathfinder come to mind. The Kluger is also V6 only, though the figures show it should use a little less fuel. When it comes to the Nissan you could by-pass the V6 Pathfinder and test drive a Pathfinder hybrid.
Claimed fuel consumption from the hybrid Pathfinder in the city drops down by about a third, compared to the Mazda.
The closely related Hyundai Santa Fe is also an option. Packing a diesel engine option, the Hyundai comes with only a five-year warranty.
Lastly, how about the trusty old Ford Territory? It may not be cutting-edge but it still drives well and comes with a diesel engine. You could also potentially drive a very good deal from your Ford dealer at the moment as the model is about to be put out to pasture.
We hope that helps you Ryan, please let us know which way you go.
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