Fuel economy figures for the 2016 Mazda CX-9 three-row crossover have been announced.
Powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the 2016 Mazda CX-9 sports 250 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque and is also lighter than its predecessor. According to the Japanese automaker, the front-wheel-drive model sheds 198 pounds while the all-wheel-drive version loses 287 lbs.
As a result, the three-row crossover returns 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which is a nice improvement over the old V6-powered CX-9 that got 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.
When the car first debuted at the 2015 L.A. Auto Show, Mazda estimated that the new CX-9 would deliver an estimated 20-percent improvement in fuel economy compared to the current model and it looks like that was a safe bet. Those opting for the all-wheel-drive model will get 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, which is an increase of 5 mpg in both city and highway driving compared to the outgoing all-wheel-drive CX-9.
The new 2016 Mazda CX-9 is expected to arrive at dealerships in late spring with pricing being announced closer to its sale date.