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Mazda CX-9 - Overall 2016 Winner


After a day of back-to-back testing with the five other category winners, it amassed more points than its rivals to claim the title. It was also the winner of the AMI Insurance Safety Award.

Mazda’s new CX-9 was praised by the judges for its simply outstanding value, the new model bringing improved safety, more luxury, and enhanced drivability and economy from its clever turbocharged engine while still delivering the family friendly features of a large seven-seater. It’s a lot of vehicle for the money.


Our judging process rewards the car that is best across all criteria, not just majoring in a few of them, and the CX-9 has no real area of weakness. For safety, specification, build quality and overall value, it scored well, as it did on practicality, naturally. It’s very user friendly yet it also scored well on the performance front, judges acknowledging the new engine both from a power and economy standpoint while gaining good marks for refinement, ride and NVH. It’s a quiet achiever, and another deserved winner of the AMI Insurance NZ Autocar Car of the Year award. 

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