We've been ranking and reviewing the since 2007, backed by a team with more than 75 years of combined automotive experience. Additionally, the light flashes and a beeper sounds if the driver signals a turn into the path of a detected vehicle. We found the V6 to be well-matched to the vehicle. Every model comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. It doesn't start with a jolt, but seems to react readily to throttle inputs. There is a slight uphill slant. Gas mileage is the worst feature.
I love the way it drives though! The look is appealing, and nothing about it says boring family transportation. We'd call that linear response. The design of the car is impressive inside and out. Mazda took this into consideration, providing B-pillars that are extra wide and strong. I test drove the Acadia and Traverse but both felt just too bulky. I'm pleased with the size and comfort.
But I suspect that other cars may have this problem also. It has been a great hauler and our family loves to hop in! Check out our for great savings at your local Mazda dealer. Buyers have a choice of black or beige upholstery, and the latter makes the interior seem brighter and roomier. The valvetrain includes chain-driven dual overhead camshafts operating four valves-per-cylinder through easily adjusted bucket tappets. Carrying seven people means two up front, three in the second row and two in the hind quarters. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our. Steering is overly light, though we imagine that's how most large crossover drivers prefer it.
Its overall length of just over 200 inches makes it nearly a foot longer than the Toyota Highlander or Nissan Murano. Only real complaint is gas mileage, which is bad, and could use more storage spaces. Window locks don't allow driver to operate windows other than driver side. Storage includes a relatively small center bin, now with a split lid, a small cubby at the base of the center console, and relatively thin storage compartments on the front doors. One tester, at 6-feet, 4-inches, could be comfortable in the driver's seat, then move back to the second row and still find enough legroom.
Intake valve timing is variable. For example, the has a maximum tow rating of 5,000 pounds, and the can tow trailers as heavy as 7,400 pounds. That's not as much as some can pull. It's rated at 273 horsepower. Correspondent Kirk Bell contributed from Chicago. My Pilot did better on gas. Mazda should have gone to Ford for their system.
We found it works well, but it can sometimes beep when you know you've passed someone and you want to take their lane. One thing the very tall person 6-foot 4-inch, in my case will quickly learn is that the tailgate when open does not have a 6-foot 4-inch clearance. Bose stereo is on the higher side of good but not excellent as one would expect a Bose to be. . If you're looking for truly spacious third row seats and loads of cargo volume, get a minivan.
Getting the seat back up requires pulling the same strap, which isn't a problem because it's easy to reach. However, it doesn't create a completely flat cargo area. Front-wheel-drive models earn 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which are some of the highest ratings in the class. Head room is tight, though, as anyone over about 5-foot, 8-inches will rub their heads on the roof. The new 2011 supposedly gets better mileage with the same engine don't know what mods were made to get better gas mileage.
That is no small accomplishment. The torque curve surges from 3000 to 6000 rpm and peaks with 270 pound-feet at 4500 rpm. There is also an upper grille with a huge Mazda insignia. One downside of the front-drive model is torque steer: Push hard on the gas pedal, and the steering wheel tugs to one side as the front wheels scramble for traction. It works fine except that after entering the vehicle, don't touch anything, especially the brake pedal coz it will shut down the engine.