Mazda pumps up the new CX-9
Gorgeous three- row vehicle is fun to drive and priced right for a more high- end feel
he three-row crossover segment is always a competitive one, and while some automakers, like Subaru and Volkswagen, are bringing out whole new models, other companies find themselves refining and perfecting these family-friendly vehicles.
Take Mazda, for example: The CX-9 was a very good crossover when it was introduced just a few years ago, with an all-new design language and powertrain for the Japanese automaker. But it’s not enough anymore to just present a pretty and powerful car to families; you need to have more and more content. So Mazda pumped up the CX-9 with more stuff.
Maybe the most anticipated change in the new three-row is the addition of Android Auto and Apple Car Play. For a wwhile, Mazda’s infotainment system has been feeling a bit dated. Beyond that addition, the CX-9 also gets a new gauge display on high trim level vehicles, which augments the available head-up display as well.
Pretty but flashy
The CX-9 is gorgeous for a three-row vehicle. The more you y he see competitors’ it, the less impressive bloatedlooking rivals appear. Visually, the Mazda comes away as a sleek, modern car with tidy proportions. I’ll admit that it took a while to grow accustomed to the LED grille accents found on the Signature Trim vehicle. It’s right on the cusp of being too gaudy. As nice as the CX-9 is, it doesn’t need to be flashy. The interior of the CX-9 has highlights but could be improved in some ways. It’s a beautiful design with fantastic materials, great fit and finish and easy-to-use controls.
Responsive and agile
It may not be the biggest and most practical three-row, but it is quite good to drive. While the last CX-9 was also dubbed funto-drive, it could be a bit too stiff at times. Mazda has refined the suspension this year to make the vehicle a bit more natural feeling on the road.
The gorgeous CX-9 is an eyecatching vehicle that’s been refined and updated with new technology and features. It’s fun to drive, and for the price, it seems quite high-end. There are a few small drawbacks to consider, but the whole package is overall quite strong.
The CX-9 is an eye-catching vehicle that’s been refined and updated with new technology and features.