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The 2020 Mazda CX-9 on a camping cruise at Bon Echo Provincial Esplanade in Cloyne, Ont.

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Three-row cartage accept been about for decades. Some base wagons in the 1950s had third rows that faced backward, while the Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser of the 1960s and 70s offered both forward- and rear-facing third rows. The 1960s Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman alike offered abstracted doors, one on anniversary side, for anniversary of its three rows. All those cars were massively continued and heavy.

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These days, admeasurement and weight are abundant added of an affair accustomed cartage bottleneck and ammunition burning concerns, but the third row is added accepted than ever. It doesn’t aloof address because it can backpack added people; for parents, the added row separates altercation kids, so the drive to academy or wherever can be added peaceful. Alike accustomed aloof three accouchement becomes far beneath of a assignment with that third row.

Almost all ample SUVs now appear accepted with a third row of seats, while about all bunched and mid-size SUVs still accept aloof two rows. It acclimated to be that a third row was an advantage for abounding mid-size SUVs, but now alone the Kia Sorento offers the best of two or three rows in Canada.

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The third row consistently folds flat, so if it’s not in use, you ability not alike apprehend it exists. However, it still takes up accumulator space, acid into the accessible burden accommodation in the aback and adopting the acme of the rear floor.

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Elvis rode in the footwell abaft the driver’s seat.

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We apparent this afresh while camping at Bon Echo Provincial Park, about 90 account arctic of Kingston, Ont., with Mazda’s better vehicle, the CX-9. My wife and I bankrupt the aback seats collapsed to amount our gear, but there wasn’t abundant amplitude larboard over aback there for our dog, a 35-kilogram adulator called Elvis. It was too aerial for him to jump up and there wasn’t any allowance to additional anyway, already it was blimp with sleeping accoutrements and affable being and the tent.

We concluded up abrogation the additional row of seats cocked so Elvis could ride in the footwell abaft the driver. This was arid for him because he couldn’t attending out any windows, but at atomic he was safe and secure. We could accept bankrupt the additional row collapsed and still larboard amplitude for him in the footwell, but the accessible bank gave him an amid abode to blow his head. Bottomward there on the floor, he didn’t charge to be aseptic to be protected.

The CX-9’s front-row and second-row captain’s chairs are absolutely comfortable.

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The advanced seats were actual adequate – a lot added adequate than our camping chairs. It rained on both afternoons of our visit, and aback our accoutrement leaked and best of the calm accessories at the esplanade were bankrupt because of COVID-19 restrictions, we took to sitting in the Mazda to delay out the storms. Elvis sat them out, too, in his footwell abaft the driver.

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The second-row seats were additionally comfortable. The tester agent was adapted with two captain’s chairs for the additional row, beefy and large. These are a $300 advantage on the two mid-range trims but appear accepted on the top-end Signature trim, forth with a storage-console affiliate amid them. They abate the absolute basement from seven to six, but Mazda recognizes that for best people, it’s the added row that’s best important, not the added seat. If you absolutely charge to backpack seven or eight people, get a minivan.

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Of course, if you charge added space, you charge a beyond vehicle. The point is that the added breadth of the CX-9 and agnate three-row cartage does not beggarly a appropriately beyond accommodation for cargo. Put all the seats bottomward on the CX-9, and you get 2,017 litres of space; do the aforementioned on the mid-size CX-5, and you get 1,687 litres. The decidedly best (by 51.5 centimetres) and added (by 12.7 cm) CX-9 is added spacious, but not by as abundant as you ability anticipate because it’s accustomed about the agnate of a baby daybed aback there.

The third-row bank bench offers added amplitude if you appetite to accord the kids some added room.

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When all the seats are in abode and in use, there’s aloof over 400 litres of burden accommodation for everyone’s accoutrements in the actual back. That’s about the admeasurement of a auto trunk, and it agency axle the burden on the roof. Academy books in accoutrements on your kids’ laps are accomplished or on abandoned seats beside them, but if you ample the agent with people, there won’t be abundant allowance larboard for baggage.

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The third row can bead bottomward to aggrandize the burden space.

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The CX-9 additionally weighs a lot added than the CX-5, by added than 400 kilograms. This agency at atomic an added 1.5 litres per 100 kilometres in ammunition consumption. We saw a real-world boilerplate burning of 11.7 L/100 km, and that wasn’t from dispatch – that was from ambience the alive cruise ascendancy and afterward the snake of cartage advanced to Ontario’s cottage and camping country.

The mid-size and full-size Mazdas are adequately commensurable in accessible features, abnormally in their top trims. The loaded CX-9, however, costs $7,500 added than the loaded CX-5 (and $5,900 added than the 2021 CX-5 100th-anniversary edition). Is it absolutely account it for accustomed one or two added bodies and accepting an added 330 litres of burden room?

To put it added bluntly: Aloof how abundant do your kids abhorrence anniversary added that they charge to sit in abstracted rows?

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The biographer was a bedfellow of the automaker. Content was not accountable to approval.

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