The second generation of the CX-9 has proven to be very popular with everyone that comes in contact with it. Most media outlets and consumers are impressed with the vehicle’s design, both inside and out, the powertrain and overall performance.
It was introduced for the 2017 model-year considerably upgraded for 2018 (G-Vectoring Control, numerous safety features like Blind Spot Monitoring and rear cross traffic alert, and much more). And guess what? Mazda’s doing it again for the 2019 model year.
Consumers are taking notice in a big way. So far this year, the midsize-large 3-row SUV segment is losing ground in Canada with only two exceptions, one being the Mazda CX-9 which, year to date, has gained 17.3% in sales over the same period last year.
Loads more in-vehicle technology
According to the NHTSA, distractions are the main cause of accidents. There is a correlation between visual/cognitive/manual demands in a car and in order limit this, Mazda uses a heads-up cockpit philosophy. Its purpose is meant to insure that the information channelled to the driver is focused on the task at hand which is driving.
Physically, nothing changes in the cabin. The HMI controls are within natural reach and consist of only five buttons and two knobs (part of Mazda Connect). The only visual upgrade is the new 7-inch digital cluster display that only presents driving-related information in the GT and Signature trims.
What you don’t immediately see is that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are finally available! Best of all, they are standard across the carline. When the device (aka smartphone) is connected, the CX-9’s voice recognition button activates Siri or Google Assistant. As well, the Entertainment, Home, and NAV buttons activate the related CarPlay or Android Auto function. In other words, the Entertainment and NAV buttons are contextually aware of what you’re using at the moment. If you want to switch to CarPlay or Android, perform a short press on the Home button. A long press will send you to Mazda Connect’s user interface. It’ll do the same if you use Waze as a navigation system, which is brilliant!
SiriusXM Traffic Plus and Travel Link services with a 5-year trial subscription are also included with the GT and Signature trims. With it, you get live traffic updates, weather, fuel prices, parking info and much more.
And now for the other half of the improvements
Mazda’s going all out to take the 2019 CX-9 to the next level. The idea here is to maintain the CX-9’s lead in overall refinement be it for the passengers or the driver. To name a few, Mazda’s upgraded the roof liner, improvements to rear assist grips and to the 2nd row seat armrest.
The more important bits include mild suspension and steering revisions for a better driving experience. For the safety-minded, all contents of the GS i-ACTIVSENSE Package (intelligent cruise control with Stop & Go function, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning and assist, and more) is now standard when the vehicle is equipped with iACTIV AWD.
Further changes include 20-inch alloys on the GS-L, ventilated front seats and 360° view monitor on the GT. Pricing for the 2019 Mazda CX-9 has thus risen but all the extra improvements and technology easily justify the increases.
Here’s the new pricing structure:
GS FWD: $36,700
GS AWD: $40,000
The 2019 CX-9 is in showrooms now.