It works fine except that after entering the vehicle, don't touch anything, especially the brake pedal coz it will shut down the engine. Fussy drivers might notice a difference in steering feel between the front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models. One surprise is a pronounced bulge in the tailgate, like an old-fashioned bustle. The second row can also be folded down easily. The result is an attractive design that is nice but not entirely upscale. Mazda also says the fabric and leather seating surfaces are now of a higher quality. The 20 inch wheels, trims, and leather interior make it look so classy.
It's rated at 273 horsepower. That places it higher than the five-passenger and about even with the three-row and. In this class of vehicle it's performance and power is outstanding and very fun and responsive to drive. All-wheel drive is an important functional option. But under hard acceleration, or if the front wheels begin to slip, as much as 50 percent of that power can be sent to the rear wheels. Third row roomy and easy to access.
With more people and cargo aboard, it is understandably less athletic and loses some performance, but it remains a satisfying ride. The mid-range Touring and top-line Grand Touring add leather trim, power front seats and more. 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. With both sides down the result is 48. All the driving controls stay in the same positions, which is good because they are simple and easy to use. The face now has sharper, more dramatic lines that aren't really better looking. Head room is tight, though, as anyone over about 5-foot, 8-inches will rub their heads on the roof.
Despite its substantial size and weight, it acquits itself surprisingly well on curvy country roads and rides smoothly and quietly at freeway speeds. A little tighter on the inside than we were used to. That is no small accomplishment. There is a slight uphill slant. Responsive and fun to drive while being able to transport kids and groceries at the same time. 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.
I don't regret this purchase one bit. Space is something the car has plenty of. Christopher Jensen filed this report to NewCarTestDrive. These were all thngs that other consumers brought out in their ratings. Long rear doors allow easy access to the third-row seats, although it's still a bit of squeeze for adults venturing rearward. Its overall length of just over 200 inches makes it nearly a foot longer than the Toyota Highlander or Nissan Murano.
Its instrument panel has quad chrome-ringed gauges under a prominent hood and a logically laid-out audio and climate control area bounded by rich wood spears plunging from dash-top to floor and mirroring similar pieces in the door panels. The 20 inch wheels add to the good looks. In the big Mazda you can fit a good-sized family shop, a couple of suitcases or a golf bag with ease. It is an automatic system and does not require the driver to do anything. Our only complaint has to do with the transmission, which is usually smooth and responsive. That releases the seat and slides it forward. We've listed all relevant models here.
The passengers will just have to suffer quietly while Mom or Dad has fun at the wheel. The torque curve surges from 3000 to 6000 rpm and peaks with 270 pound-feet at 4500 rpm. I just hope I made the right decision in passing on the highlander. It can carry seven six-foot passengers, thanks to a third-row seat designed with adults in mind. If your looking for a pleasurable responsive ride with great looks and design this is your car. But I suspect that other cars may have this problem also. The Blaind Spot Monitor is a big plus.
Mazda took this into consideration, providing B-pillars that are extra wide and strong. There is plenty of head room, though. We'd call that linear response. One nice touch is a full-width chrome strip across the top of the black-out grille opening, which flows across the top of the large, centered Mazda logo and is mirrored again in the lower grille opening. Interior For 2010, Mazda has made some minor interior changes to give it a more upscale appearance.
My Pilot did better on gas. Intake valve timing is variable. Front passengers occasionally bump elbows. Electronic stability control, which helps the driver maintain control on slippery surfaces, comes standard on all models, along with roll stability control, and air curtains, which provide head protection in a side-impact crash. Getting the seat back up requires pulling the same strap, which isn't a problem because it's easy to reach. Backup cam is a must! When the seats are laid flat the load capacity behind the electric-close rear hatch is truly impressive. I love the way it drives though! We found the cabin surroundings handsome.