Adults fit fine in the second row, but the third row is best for kids. A blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert is also standard. Grand Touring models, meanwhile, add a 7-inch instrument panel screen, a 360-degree camera system, ventilated front seats and power-folding side mirrors. All models get a retuned suspension and additional soundproofing. Standard features include three-zone automatic air conditioning, cruise control and a 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system.
That big grille up front adds to the premium cred, yet doesn't seem overboard. Grand Touring trims include navigation, 12-speaker Bose audio, a moonroof, ventilated front seats and a 360-degree monitor. I'm interested in this car, and Then again,. The front seats are roomy, and the area feels commanding thanks to a wide console. . Available active safety features include lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking.
Better still, the engine sips fuel granted it prefers premium to the tune of 28 mpg. The retuned suspension retains its impressive cornering ability, but now returns a gentler ride over rough pavement. Handling is excellent, and the turbo four-cylinder engine is strong. Touring and higher trim levels now include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. The Touring trim also comes with a significant active-safety system: Smart Brake Support optional on the Sport.
However, unless you opt for a package, you'll still have to manually adjust the front seats. The view out front is good, and we like that the left windowsill is wide enough to rest an arm. The interior is also classy. Front- and all-wheel-drive models are available. Competitors include the Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander. When using premium fuel, this engine produces 250 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, although for those more frugal, regular 87-octane drops output to 227 horsepower.
I'm interested in this car. Downsides include a multimedia system that can be hard to use and less cabin space than its main competitors, particularly in the third row. Even the base Sport model offers amenities like 3-zone climate control that includes a 2nd-row control panel, 7-inch color touch-screen display with rotary controller, Smart City Brake Support active at speeds up to 19 mph , blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, a rearview camera and 18-inch wheels. Many of the Touring and Grand Touring features are optional in packages on the Sport and Touring trims. Touring and higher trims gain Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while the Grand Touring gains a 7-inch reconfigurable gauge cluster, ventilated front seats, power-folding mirrors and a 360-degree View Monitor.
But the price-to-features differential evens out or leans in the Mazda's favor as you climb trims. . . . .
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