Last post on Sep 22, 2011 at 1:08 PM
You are in the Mazda CX-9
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Mazda CX-9, Car Comparisons, SUV
#5 of 6 Re: we went thru this too! [dogdoc1997]
Sep 20, 2011 (9:46 am)
after months, do you have an opinion on whether the AWD or the FWD makes a difference on the Mazda CX-9? I have an option to pick up an AWD dealer demo that is LOADED or wait to pay more for a FWD that is priced 1600 higher and is missiing another $1200 worth of options that I want. Which would you pick?
#6 of 6 Re: we went thru this too! [carter11]
Sep 22, 2011 (1:08 pm)
I had a 2007 fwd CX-9 and traded it up for a 2010 awd model about a month ago. I immediately noticed that the handling was better. It's just more grippy. The mazda system sends power to wheels that need it as you pull through a turn or accelerate (or decelerate) strongly. I don't take curves fast very often, but I put both versions through their paces and I'm convinced the awd feels more glued to the road. It also handles better on wet roads (of course). Only drawback is fuel economy suffers. But it's worth it for some piece of mind on steep unimproved forest roads.
Also, it may be the difference between the 2007 and 2010 (or just my imagination), but it really seems like the awd model has a tighter turning radius.