Saturday, December 02, 2006

Auto show #11. Mazda CX9


The Mazda CX 9 is based on the Ford Edge.
Hard to tell.
The quality if the interior is so far superior than the Ford model.
It is quite amazing that Ford cannot match the look or quality in a product that wears the company name.

Sure, the Mazda is a bit more expensive. It starts at #29 000.
But it is also roomier and seats 7.

The interior is really a great place to be. It is both classy and very modern.
Something Ford needs to add in its own models...

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

I really think Mazda is in theprocess of moving upscale... upscale but not stuffy (gotta keep the zoom-zoom). Now if Mercury would just become the more grown-up version... I'd love to see M&M dealer pairing!

Anonymous said...

mmmmm....maybe Bill Gates thinks 4 to 5K is a "bit" more expensive, but, most American don't. (DA)

Anonymous said...

Agreed. Through and through, as much as I even want to like the Edge/MKX, it's almost shocking how much better the CX-9 is in every regard. Outside proportions are better, there's more usable room inside (granted, I understand keeping the Ford/Lincoln as shorter 5 seaters, but still worth mentioning), and the level of detail and materials is just SO far ahead of the Ford's.

The interior is the most glaring of all--simply stunning in the Mazda, compared to ho-hum in the Ford & Lincoln. Pretty much the same deal as how each drives compared to one another, based on reviews so far...i.e., again, the Mazda is much more sorted out and desirable.

Oh well...hopefully, if sales don't get so hot with the Ford & Lincoln, but do with the Mazda, they'll see what to improve and do it.

Anonymous said...

Agreed. Through and through, as much as I even want to like the Edge/MKX, it's almost shocking how much better the CX-9 is in every regard. Outside proportions are better, there's more usable room inside (granted, I understand keeping the Ford/Lincoln as shorter 5 seaters, but still worth mentioning), and the level of detail and materials is just SO far ahead of the Ford's.

The interior is the most glaring of all--simply stunning in the Mazda, compared to ho-hum in the Ford & Lincoln. Pretty much the same deal as how each drives compared to one another, based on reviews so far...i.e., again, the Mazda is much more sorted out and desirable.

Oh well...hopefully, if sales don't get so hot with the Ford & Lincoln, but do with the Mazda, they'll see what to improve and do it.

Dude the Unicycle said...

What's that red on top of the air vents?

Anonymous said...

Wow, look at the driver's side door panel. Looks like it was lifted straight out of a 2005 Nissan ALTIMA, the REAR door panels on that car ; weird eh? strikingly similar...

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with Vince and the other commenters here.. I went to the LA show the first day and sat in the Edge, CX-7 and CX-9, and agree the CX-9 is by far the roomiest, most comfortable and the materials appeared the best! The seats in the CX-7 and CX-9 were similar, but the dash on the CX-9 seemed much better. I have to say this is destined to be a hit for Mazda, and the slight price premium for the CX-9 over the CX-7 is definitely worth it. With the CX-5 (Tribute replacement) coming, the CX-7 sales may suffer by being squeezed at both ends.

Anonymous said...

uniDude, it's prolley the audio/RDS,ext.temp - stuff like that ________ 8:03-8:04, hopefully with MkF(ields) on board, MazdaMagic will come to FML.

Anonymous said...

I was just in that very car....and it's so shocking that the same quality of that mazda interior (which was fantastic) isn't offered in the ford edge.....what a pity the "Way-Forward" plan doesn't include going the right way, but rather, it goes the cheap way.

fixitdude said...

The only thing i noticed is that the we only tend to favor products that is beleived to non american for some odd reason.I have seen your pictures and one is not that much better than the other.Why are so many usa products are put under such a high microscope and all others are deemed to be flawless without question? The great american brainwash has taken its toll on big 3,(foriegn cars are better and dont break down). The sad part is some people really beleive it.

fixitdude said...

I also think if they can sort out who has good ideas and who just there two take the money and go home, we might see some good things coming out of the company.Most of the time the parts are coming from the same supplier that goes into both vehicles, so the only other reason is instead of being made for standards, they design only for installation practicality.

Anonymous said...

Mazda has managed to upped the interior quality significantly.

Now, if Mazda can do something about the engine reliability, I am sold!

I sure hope Mazda is not thinking of going upscale, simply because the nicer interior (really it's comparable to Toyota's).

Then again, compared to its parent (Ford), Mazda looks like a freaking luxury brand!

Anonymous said...

The Mazda CX-9 is more comparable in purpose to the Ford Freestyle, both seat 7. The Mazda CX-7 is more comparable to the Ford Edge, as both seat 5. The Fords are likely to be less expensive, so the question becomes: Are the Mazdas worth it?

Anonymous said...

hell yes, mazda's are totally worth it....have you seen the ford edge? Have you seen the rear end of a linclon MKZ? Have you felt the cheapness of the ford edge's interior plastics?

Mazda's tend to be quality products, and sveltely styled....fords just aren't that anymore.....save for maybe the mustange(and that's a big maybe)

Anonymous said...

Anonynous mentions lack of reliability in Mazda engines? I wasn't aware of this problem. Can someone expand on this? Concerned because I'm thinking of buying a CX9.

Anonymous said...

there have been reports about the engine warning light on the cx7 turning on due to the improper fitting of their gas caps. the engine on the cx9 is different of course but that might be what the previous writer is referring to. But if there are other reliability issues, please share. i am also considering the cx9.