Large sized SUVs and crossover vehicles are in demand these days and no major carmaker wants to lose the opportunity. The Mazda CX-9 model has been successful since its launch in 2006. For the upcoming year, the 2019 Mazda CX-9 receives minor design changes but it is the enhanced safety features and customization choices that make it a winner.
Unlike some rival three-row SUVs it does not come with several tradeoffs. It aims to offer the buyers lavish features and solid performance.
2019 Mazda CX-9 Sporty Look with Sharp Creases
The 2019 Mazda CX-9 sports an enticing design but it is not too gaudy. There are fewer curves and sharp creases on its body compared to smaller siblings CX-5 and CX-3, as it is. It is going to be sold in 4 trim levels- Sport, touring, Grand touring and top Signature. The exterior colors include Titanium flash mica, Sonic silver metallic, deep crystal blue mica while some hues like Soul red crystal metallic and Machine gray metallic will cost you extra.
The cabin of the upcoming 2019 Mazda CX-9 has also undergone moderated changes. The dashboard area now looks sleek and free of clutter, as it is. Based on trim chosen, you get different upholstery choices and there are 5 such options. Material quality is good on all trims and here Mazda races ahead of most segment rivals. The 2nd row is roomy and legroom is more than what you get in new Honda Pilot. The third row is better suited for teens than adults. Default cargo space is 14.4 cubic feet.
The base Sports trim gets 18-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, 7.0-inch Mazda Connect infotainment setup, LED lights, Cruise Control, 12-volt power outlets, Leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Touring trim adds leather seating, power liftgate, auto-dimming rearview mirror, 8-inch infotainment setup, heated side mirrors, Rear privacy glass, Three-zone automatic climate control, Carpet floor mats etc.
In Grand Touring trim, you get 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels, roof rails, adaptive front-lighting, adaptive cruise control, heated second-row seats, windshield wiper de-icer, heated steering wheel, Power sliding-glass moonroof, Advanced Keyless Entry, aluminum interior trim. Top Signature trim gets Auburn-colored Nappa leather seats, LED signature grille, LED interior lights, satin chrome roof rails, Radar Cruise Control, Bose Surround Sound audio setup etc.
The Touring Premium Package adds a Bose Surround Sound System, Power sliding-glass moonroof, LED Foglights, Front parking sensors, Mazda Navigation System. Everything looks fine but Mazda Connect infotainment still needs some polishing to reach the level of Ford’s Sync 3 setup or even GM Intellilink.
2019 Mazda CX-9 Safety and Amenities
The upcoming Mazda CX-9 scores high on safety and also an amenities. All trims get safety features like airbags, Anti-lock Brake System, Dynamic Stability Control, Tire-Pressure Monitoring System, Engine-immobilizer antitheft, rearview camera and Low-speed automatic emergency braking.
2019 Mazda CX-9 Engine and MPG
The 2019 Mazda CX9 is powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine with SKYACTIV technology. The output is 227 HP or 250 HP as long as you use premium fuel. It is peppy enough and most users will not grudge about the absence of a V6 unit under the hood. The model will give in city/highway fuel economy of 22/28 mpg (FWD) and 20/26 mpg (AWD).
The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. There are no hybrid or diesel engine choices. Except for Signature, all trims get FWD as standard and AWD is optional.
2019 Mazda CX-9 Price and Debut
The 2019 Mazda CX-9 price starts at $33.000 approx. Signature trim prices begin at a hefty $46.000. It is going to debut in late 2018.
Summing it up
There is no denying the appeal of 2019 Mazda CX-9 and the car offers enough value for its money. It packs in advanced safety features and is powered by a well-performing engine. Now, Mazda can hope to inch closer to its US and European rivals in full-sized SUV crossover segment.