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Review - 2023 Mazda CX-9 Signature

A great three-row SUV that’s fun to drive.

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The 2023 Mazda CX-90 seats up to 7 passengers - Dan Heyman

While news of the upcoming CX-90 crossover is just breaking, let’s not forget that vehicle owes much of what it’s made of to the CX-9; after all, it was the CX-9 that represented Mazda’s first foray – way back in 2007 -- into what has become one of the busiest sectors in the passenger vehicle world.

While matte exterior paint – especially grey tints -- have become quite popular in the car and light truck world these days, it remains a somewhat specialized shade and I’m not sure it works on the massive body panels of a three-row SUV. Yes, it makes perfect sense and looks fantastic on, say, the Mazda3 Sport hatchback but it just seems like they’re trying a little too hard slapping it on the CX-9. Which is why the Soul Red Crystal Metallic tint on my tester is a unique and incredibly classy look. Mazda has been refining the tint for a while, to the point where they now lay it on even thicker than before and it looks incredibly rich and upmarket as a result. I love it, and I wouldn’t have my CX-9 – or, for that matter, my CX-50, my Mazda3, my MX-5 etc. – any other way.


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