New for 2009-Mazda

  • All-new Mazda 6 midsize sport sedan
  • Freshened styling for RX-8 along with R3 sport package
  • B4000 Cab Plus SE model discontinued
  • 2.5-liter engine replaces 2.3-liter engine for Tribute
  • Side curtain air bags standard for Mazda 3i Sport model
  • New MX-5 to be introduced in November
  • Available Bluetooth connectivity on CX-7 SUV
  • Standard trip computer on all CX-9 models

2009 Mazda 3

In advance of an all-new 2010 Mazda 3, there are few changes for the popular 2009 Mazda 3 sedan and hatchback. The biggest update is reserved for the 3i Sport model which gains standard features like anti-lock brakes, side air bags, and side curtain air bags. The remote trunk release function has been added to the key fob of sedans equipped with keyless entry, and the Icy Blue exterior paint choice has been deleted. Powertrain choices remain unchanged from 2008, as do all exterior and interior design elements.

2009 Mazda 5

Mazda's small people mover received a freshened exterior treatment last year, along with other improvements like a 5-speed automatic transmission, standard auxiliary audio input jack, and new interior and exterior colors. For 2009 all that's changed is a new Liquid Silver exterior tone to replace Sunlight Silver, and the Sand interior color now is available with Stormy Blue and Brilliant Black exterior choices.

2009 Mazda 6

Completely redesigned for 2009 and setting a new design theme for Mazda is the Mazda 6 sedan. Bigger overall to better compete for family sedan buyers, the features a more sport-oriented design. Performance is also a focus for 2009. Two engines are available: an all-new, 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder, and a 3.7-liter V-6. The engines are matched to either a 6-speed manual or 5-speed Sport automatic transmission with manual shift mode for the 2.5-liter engine, or a 6-speed Sport automatic with manual shift mode for the V-6 engine. Safety features for the redesigned 2009 Mazda 6 include 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS and a dynamic stability control system. The 2009 Mazda 6 comes in three trim levels-Sport, Touring and Grand Touring-and will come with a comprehensive list of available features like a keyless entry and start system, DVD navigation system, and blind-spot-monitoring system.

2009 Mazda B-Series

Like its sister vehicle the Ford Ranger, the Mazda B-Series compact pickup remains largely unchanged for 2009 with one exception: the B4000 Cab Plus SE model is being discontinued in the U.S. market. Otherwise, the B-Series carries over.

2009 Mazda CX-7

The sporty Mazda CX-7 crossover SUV is not due for a major update yet, so it carries into 2009 with only a handful of added features. The uplevel Grand Touring model gets some finishing improvements, along with an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink. Side turn signals now are integrated into the exterior mirror housings for the GT model. Bluetooth hands-free connectivity and Sirius satellite radio have been added to the Moonroof Bose Audio and Technology packages. The Sport model gets a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, dual heated front seats, and a power driver's seat. All models receive MP3 playback capability, an auxiliary audio input jack, and dual illuminated vanity mirrors.

2009 Mazda CX-9

The biggest vehicle in the Mazda lineup is the 7-passenger CX-9, a relatively new crossover SUV. For 2009, enhancements include a standard trip computer across all models, Bluetooth hands-free phone capability added to the Sport model, Sirius satellite radio added to the Moonroof Bose Audio and Rear Seat Entertainment System packages, and trailer-tow preparation standard on AWD models. An auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink has been added to the Grand Touring model, while heated seats and heated outside mirrors have been added to the Sport Power Seat package.

2009 Mazda RX-8

Mazda's flagship sports car, the RX-8 receives a freshened exterior and interior for 2009, as well as a new R3 sport package for enthusiasts. In addition, the Renesis twin-rotary engine will come standard with an 8-year/100,000-mile warranty. Exterior changes include a restyling of the front fascia and front and rear bumpers, different finishing treatment for the lights front and rear, and larger exhaust pipes. A new 5-spoke wheel features a design element reminiscent of the rotary engine.

On the inside, changes were made to the center instrument panel, and a variable red zone was added to the tachometer that displays when the engine has reached proper operating temperature. For comfort, a new steering wheel design and improved Recaro seating have been added. Other highlights for the 2009 RX-8 include additional structural reinforcements and a modified rear suspension for improved handling performance.

The new R3 sport package adds a sport-tuned suspension with Bilstein shocks and front suspension crossmembers filled with Urethane foam for a smoother ride and reduced noise, vibration and harshness. The R3 exterior is differentiated by a rear spoiler, unique side sills, fog lamps, and a more aggressive front bumper design, along with 19-inch wheels.

2009 Mazda Tribute

The smallest SUV in Mazda's lineup, the Tribute shares almost all of its platform and running gear with the Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner. Since the Tribute enjoyed a total redesign for 2008, there aren't many cosmetic changes this year. What is new for 2009 is a 2.5-liter iVTC 4-cylinder engine with 171 hp and 171 lb.-ft. of torque. The bigger 3.0-liter V-6 powerplant also gets a bump in power from 200 to 240 horses and 193 to 223 lb.-ft. of torque. To make better use of the new power ratings, Mazda also added a 6-speed automatic transmission. Inside, the front and rear seats have been redesigned, while the Grand Touring model gets an electrochromatic rearview mirror and one-touch open/close moonroof, as well as satellite radio. Touring and Grand Touring models benefit from steering wheel audio controls, and all three trims get an Easy Fuel capless fuel filler system and automatic on/off headlamps. Finally, three new exterior colors are on tap for 2009: White Suede, Brilliant Silver and Sport Blue.

The Tribute Hybrid adds a new 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Atkinson Cycle engine for 2009. Other changes include brake system upgrades, automatic on/off headlamps, standard satellite radio, steering wheel audio controls, and the ever-important stability control system. The Hybrid model also receives Roll Stability Control, designed to help reduce a vehicle's propensity to roll in the event of a collision, and a traction control system.

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