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Old 11-11-2012, 10:31 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Since i personally own a CX-9 in AWD trim i can tell you that i have no problem slinging it around, within reason. Obviously you can't be an idiot here and you have to realize that you're not driving a car and that your center of gravity is much higher than in a car. But in the realm of larger CUV's the CX-9 definitely out handles ANY of it's competition IMHO. It feels planted at all times, is stiffly sprung, exhibits a minimum of body roll and lean in corners, and handles extraordinarily well for what it is ( a 4500lb vehicle with a 3.7L NA V6 ), mind you it creates about as much torque as it does HP, and i've almost never found myself wanting for more oomph when passing, even in triple digits.

for reference, here's some interesting reading about the base version of the 3.5L Duratec workhorse Ford engine Mazda modified and placed in the CX-9.

What the Inside of a Tortured Ford EcoBoost V-6 Looks Like - PickupTrucks.com News

With a large enough wallet, just about any vehicle, no matter how large, can be made to feel and respond more sportily. Look at vehicles like Cayenne S, ML63 AMG, and Supercharged Range Rover, and don't forget to look at their price tags...
But that is not the spirit of the OP's question.

The 2.0T will never equal the V6 competition as far as off the line acceleration goes. Turbo Lag will always be an issue when you've only got 1.

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Old 11-19-2012, 09:28 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Love the CX-9, I am a huge Mazda fan.. I miss mine a lot, 2013 Santa fe doesnt even shake a stick at the cx9
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Old 11-19-2012, 10:43 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Love the CX-9, I am a huge Mazda fan.. I miss mine a lot, 2013 Santa fe doesnt even shake a stick at the cx9
Then why did you buy the Santa Fe?? Go trade your SF in on the CX-9 then. It's only money.
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The 2.0T will never equal the V6 competition as far as off the line acceleration goes. Turbo Lag will always be an issue when you've only got 1.

Your 1000 lb heavier, 16" longer, seven seater, and thirstier Mazda will have a hard time matching the 2.0T with about the same HP and torque. There is no turbo lag on mine or any other Hyundai turbo I have driven since 2012.

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Then why did you buy the Santa Fe?? Go trade your SF in on the CX-9 then. It's only money.
He wanted the best bang for the buck and he got it. That is the reason we all purchased the Santa Fe. I came from an Infiniti G35 and could have purchased an Infiniti EX/FX35 or Murano or Audi Q5 or CX- 7/9, but I decided to go with the Santa Fe because it had what I needed and at a price that made me leave the dealership smiling. Yes it has its first year quirks, but all-in-all, I am happy and used the extra money I saved on things that really matter.

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There's no doubt that I'll increase turbo boost and go for some engine-management computer re-mapping. The boost controllers are available now and one big outfit is currently working on the re-mapping unit.
I have a Sonata Turbo, and over on the turbosonata forums we've been waiting for a decent tune. what boost controllers do u speak of? i'm not aware of any, as we have an electronic wastegate and everything's controlled by the ECU. what company is working on the re-mapping unit? Sterlin F1 is working on a tune, but that's all i know of. would be awesome if some other companies got involved any more details would be awesome.
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He wanted the best bang for the buck and he got it. That is the reason we all purchased the Santa Fe. I came from an Infiniti G35 and could have purchased an Infiniti EX/FX35 or Murano or Audi Q5 or CX- 7/9, but I decided to go with the Santa Fe because it had what I needed and at a price that made me leave the dealership smiling. Yes it has its first year quirks, but all-in-all, I am happy and used the extra money I saved on things that really matter.
Exactly that +fuel economy... and honestly if I'd of known my econ would be as bad as it is, I'd have just said **** with it and kept the CX-9.
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Exactly that +fuel economy... and honestly if I'd of known my econ would be as bad as it is, I'd have just said **** with it and kept the CX-9.
I hear ya on that account. I'm tempted to keep my Enclave now because of the lowered MPG rating for the SF. The Enclave shifts all the time though which absolutely drives me nuts.
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There is no turbo lag on mine or any other Hyundai turbo I have driven since 2012.
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Exactly that +fuel economy... and honestly if I'd of known my econ would be as bad as it is, I'd have just said **** with it and kept the CX-9.
can you explain how the cx9 has better fuel economy then the santa fe?
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