Mazda’s three-row midsize crossover account vehicle, the CX-9, is accessible in four trim levels, and all-wheel drive is alternative except on the top version, the Signature model, which includes it.
Mazda’s three-row CX-9 midsize crossover, now in its additional generation, alternate for 2019 with a few updates and a starting amount of $32,280 (plus $1,045 freight) for the abject Action archetypal with front-wheel drive, or $34,080 with all-wheel drive.
Mazda says the seven-passenger CX-9 is aimed at adolescent couples and avant-garde families, but additionally is meant for earlier empty-nesters who accompany alive lifestyles.
Prices ambit as aerial as $45,365 for the Signature model, our analysis vehicle, which comes alone with all-wheel drive. In amid the abject Action and Signature models are the Touring ($35,330, advanced drive; $37,130, all-wheel drive) and Grand Touring ($40,840, advanced drive; $42,640, all-wheel drive), with anniversary alternating archetypal architecture on the appearance of the antecedent trim level.
The Action Amalgamation ($1,290) for the Action archetypal brings a ability driver’s seat, acrimonious advanced seats and alfresco mirrors, automated headlights, Aerial Beam Control, Lane-Keep Assist, Lane-Departure Warning, full-speed Mazda Radar Cruise Control, rain-sensing wipers and Smart Brake Support automated emergency braking.
For the Touring model, the Touring Exceptional Amalgamation ($2,390) adds a ability moon roof, Bose Exceptional 12-speaker audio system, SiriusXM with a three-month balloon subscription, LED fog lights, Mazda Navigation, advanced parking sensors and second-row retractable sunshades.
Among the changes for 2019 are the availability of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, included on Touring models and up.
Additionally, there is a aesthetic abeyance advised to accommodate a “smoother, quieter and added accustomed ride,” Mazda says, aided by a thicker amateur and added attic mats.
Touring models get a new frameless self-dimming rearview mirror, while Grand Touring versions accept a new seven-inch TFT reconfigurable barometer array display, aerial advanced seats, power-folding aperture mirrors and a 360-degree View Monitor. This bird’s-eye-view angel on our analysis agent showed up on the centermost birr awning alike in Drive approach as we maneuvered into parking spaces. (These appearance are accepted on the Signature archetypal well).
The 2019 Mazda CX-9.
The CX-9 is one of three crossovers in the Mazda lineup. It competes anon with the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder, Hyundai Palisade, Kia Telluride, Subaru Ascent, Chevrolet Traverse, Volkswagen Atlas, Volvo XC-90, Acura MDX, GMC Acadia, Buick Enclave, Ford Flex and Dodge Durango.
Mazda’s added crossovers are the compact, five-passenger CX-5, whose competitors accommodate the Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue and Honda CR-V; and the CX-3 subcompact, which competes with cartage such as the Chevrolet Trax, Honda HR-V, Toyota C-HR, Subaru Crosstrek, Hyundai Kona, Ford EcoSport, Nissan Kicks, and Buick Encore, amid others.
One of the newest crop of family-size crossovers, the CX-9 stands out as one of the best, alike admitting it’s not a agent that gets a lot of publicity and doesn’t automatically end up on abounding arcade lists.
That’s unfortunate, because it’s account because in the awash midsize/large crossover field. It combines ample measures of appearance and achievement into a amalgamation that not alone has abundant barrier appeal, but additionally is absolutely fun to drive.
CX-9 appearance a exceptional interior, a Mazda-style fun active experience, and the brand’s signature “KODO — Soul of Motion” exoteric design.
All versions appear with Mazda’s turbocharged Skyactiv-G 2.5T four-cylinder engine, bearing 227 application and 310 foot-pounds of torque on 87-octane approved gasoline (250 application on 93-octane exceptional gasoline). It replaced the 3.7-liter V-6 from the antecedent generation, which had 273 application and 270 foot-pounds of torque.
Although the newest CX-9 continues to action a six-speed automated as before, it’s an adapted gearbox with a action active approach that pairs able-bodied with the turbo engine. Most competitors are activity with transmissions that accept eight, nine or 10 gears, however.
There was affluence of ability from this engine, acknowledgment to the turbocharger and the absorbing torque, which gave the agent a adventurous feel. The manual confused smoothly, and there was little or no turbo lag during adamantine acceleration.
Estimated ammunition abridgement application either gasoline brand is 22 mpg city/28 highway/25 accumulated with front-wheel-drive, and 20/26/23 with all-wheel drive. On our AWD tester, we averaged about 23.5 mpg during our week, with a mix of about 60 percent artery driving, and the blow on burghal streets or country roads.
New appearance aftermost year on all models included Smart Burghal Brake Support, which can automatically administer the brakes in emergency situations beneath 19 mph; Blind Spot Monitoring; and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.
The 2019 Mazda CX-9 Signature archetypal includes such appearance as auburn-colored Nappa covering seats, rosewood trim, LED signature emphasis grille lighting, and LED emphasis lighting about the automated shifter.
Among appearance accepted on the abject archetypal are LED headlights and taillights agnate to those of Mazda’s newest MX-5 Miata roadster; bolt basement surfaces; an cyberbanking parking brake; 18-inch wheels; advancement camera; bivouac adherence assist; and the Mazda Connect infotainment system, with Commander ascendancy and a seven-inch blush display.
Moving up to the Touring akin brings an auto-dimming rearview mirror, accepted gate/garage opener, black- or sand-colored covering basement surfaces, the Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry System, a ability liftgate, ability advanced seats, and an eight-inch Mazda Connect touch-screen display.
The Grand Touring archetypal additionally tacks on an Adaptive Front-lighting System, acrimonious and aerial advanced seats, acrimonious middle-row bank and council wheel, 20-inch wheels, aluminum autogenous trim, Mazda’s aboriginal Alive Active Affectation that projects apparatus and aeronautics advice assimilate the windshield aloft the council wheel; automated high-beam control, lane-departure warning/lane-keep assist, Mazda Radar Cruise Control, roof balustrade and anamnesis settings on the driver’s seat.
We additionally had Mazda’s predictive i-Activ automated all-wheel-drive arrangement on our analysis vehicle, which operated seamlessly on a array of alley surfaces we experienced, including some clay and alluvium accompaniment and civic esplanade roads.
The i-Activ all-wheel drive has 27 sensors to admeasurement altitude added than 200 times per additional to actuate how to admeasure ability to anniversary caster to abbreviate caster slip. But it is not advised for austere off-road use, as it does not accept low-range gearing.
Our tester came with the Snowflake White Mica exoteric acrylic ($200 extra), forth with auburn-color Nappa covering seats, Santos Rosewood trim, LED signature emphasis grille lighting, and LED emphasis lighting about the automated shifter. There are four USB ports and two 12-volt outlets in the cabin.
Other assurance appearance included cyberbanking adherence and cycle ascendancy with absorption control, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, advanced seat-mounted ancillary air bags, and roof-mounted side-curtain air accoutrements for all three rows. Our tester additionally had bivouac adherence assist. But bivouac towing is bound to 3,500 pounds.
There is 14.4 cubic anxiety of burden amplitude abaft the third-row seat, but that expands to 38.2 cubic anxiety with the third-row seatback bankrupt down, or 71.2 cubic anxiety with both rear seatbacks folded. There is a power-operated tailgate, which is a accessible feature.
The average row bank holds three people, and has a 60/40 split, and the rear bank has allowance for two, with a 50/50 split-folding seatback.
We had the alarming 12-speaker Bose exceptional audio and the aeronautics system, which had 2-D and 3-D modes. It was accessible to affairs and had ample blazon for easier account on the go.
CX-9’s autogenous is archetypal of Mazda products, with abundant absorption to detail and lots of animal comforts. The three-zone automated altitude ascendancy was able in befitting advanced and middle-row cartage adequate in 90-plus amount heat.
Besides the exceptional paint, our tester came with aflame doorsill trim plates ($575) and a rear burden mat ($100). Total sticker amount for our 2019 CX-9 Signature AWD was $47,285, including bales and options.
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2019 Mazda CX-9
The package: Midsize, seven-passenger, five-door, turbocharged four-cylinder, front- or all-wheel-drive, crossover account vehicle.
Highlights: Having entered its additional bearing two years ago, this is the newest adaptation of Mazda’s ancestors admeasurement crossover, with abundant looks, adventurous achievement and lots of high-tech assurance technology.
Negatives: Bound burden amplitude abaft third row.