Safety features on all models include six airbags, anti-lock brakes, and stability and traction controls. It's not as spacious as its competitors, and its multimedia controls can be a bit finicky, but it's also the sportiest model in its class, making it an appealing alternative to the relatively bland family haulers out there. This all makes for better overall passenger comfort and great cargo flexibility. That potency inspires confidence when entering freeways or getting around slower traffic. Optional safety features include a backup camera, rear cross-traffic alert and a blind-spot warning system.
In everyday driving, the Mazda is quiet, comfortable and easy to maneuver. Lower-priced rivals include the , Nissan Pathfinder and. At the rear are bold red taillights and shiny twin exhaust outlets. . Top-line Grand Touring models have a 3-position-memory driver's seat, automatic bi-xenon headlights, power tailgate, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rearview mirror and 20-inch wheels. Even the Mazda's swoopy styling conveys motion and stands in contrast to blockier or bloated designs. If swaths of black are not your cup of tea, sand-hued upholstery is available.
One could easily argue that its nimble driving dynamics more than make up for that, though. All-wheel drive is available and is a smart option if you regularly drive in inclement weather, especially snow. The Editorial department is independent of Cars. The most surprising aspect about the big Mazda's driving manners is its ability to corner like a smaller vehicle. Controls are a snap to locate and use, allowing you to keep your eyes on the road rather than hunt for the seat warmer. Most other major options are bundled into packages and include a navigation system, power moonroof and 10-speaker Bose premium audio system.
Touring models add blind-spot monitoring, rearview camera, rear cross-traffic alert, leather upholstery and heated, power front seats. While the second row feels large enough, the third row seats feel perfunctory at best. Standard safety features include all-disc antilock brakes, an electronic stability system with roll stability control, front-seat side-impact airbags and three-row side-impact curtain airbags. Base Sport models come nicely equipped with tri-zone automatic climate control, a 5. All models can seat up to seven passengers, with generous legroom offered in the first and second rows, and modest room found in the two seats in the third row.
This feature is especially helpful when backing out of busy parking lots. It is offered in Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring trim levels, all of which come standard with front-wheel drive but are available with all-wheel drive. Here the standard blind-spot monitoring system on Touring and Grand Touring models helps greatly. . . .
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