2019 Mazda CX-9
Mazda’s latest CX-9 is a stylish sport utility vehicle with three rows of seating to comfortably fit up to seven occupants. It comes in four trims – Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, and Signature – each of which is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 227 horsepower (250 hp with premium fuel) and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. In addition, front-wheel drive comes as standard while all-wheel drive is optional. With all that it has going for it, the CX-9 is a comfortable family vehicle with plenty of excellent features and handy capabilities for added utility.
Comfort and Convenience
The base Sport trim comes well equipped with more to offer than just basic features, such as tri-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and 60/40-split folding second-row seating as well as 50/50-split folding third-row seating. Moving up to the Touring trim provides the features available from the Sport in addition to heated mirrors, a power liftgate, keyless entry and ignition, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, universal garage door opener, heated front seats, leather upholstery, and power-adjustable front seating. The Grand Touring edition adds roof rails, a surround-view camera system, driver-seat memory functions, ventilated front seats, retractable sunshades for the middle-row seats, heated second-row seats, and a heated steering wheel. The top-of-the-line Signature trim level bundles together all of the previous features and includes premium leather upholstery and interior trim.
Mazda has packed the latest in safety features into the 2019 CX-9 with its iACTIVSENSE suite of driver-assist technologies. The base-trim Sport blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and a low-speed automatic emergency braking system. The Touring trim adds automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and enhanced automatic emergency braking. The Grand Touring and Signature trims add front and rear parking sensors for the ultimate in driver-assist equipment.
As with everything else, the Sport version delivers a decent amount of standard tech for a base-level trim, with Bluetooth connectivity, Mazda’s Connect infotainment interface on a 7-inch display, and a six-speaker sound system. The Touring includes the Bluetooth and sound system as well, but upgrades to an 8-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. The Grand Touring and Signature trims are decked out with a twelve-speaker premium Bose audio system with satellite radio, in addition to integrated navigation. You’ll also get a surround-view camera system, a heads-up display complete with traffic sign recognition, and a digital gauge cluster.