With a bunch of subtle changes, 2018 Mazda CX-9 continues to be one of the best offers in the segment of mid-size SUVs. Considering its redesign from two years ago, there is no doubt that the current model is really handsome. Moreover, it is probably the best-looking model in the class, though someone would say that tastes are different. For this year, we can see a bunch of minor but very interesting changes.
There are few novelties in terms of standard equipment, including Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control, which becomes a standard feature across the whole model range. Also, count of few additions in terms of tech and safety features on all trim levels. On the other side, base design characteristics have remained the same, including both visual appearance and mechanics.
2018 Mazda CX-9 design
The 2018 Mazda CX-9 comes with, now. Familiar design. No one expects changes two years after the redesign. So, you can see a well-known face, designed in the manner of the company’s newest version of KODO design language. Sleek and smooth lines are something completely opposite to the modern trends in the car industry. So, it’s no wonder that Mazda is getting more and more fans these days. Still, beauty usually means few compromises. In this case, as you would probably presume, the weak spot is interior space. Not that the cabin is tight, it is quite comfortable. Still, 2018 Mazda CX-9 can’t compare with models like Honda Pilot when it comes to cargo volume, in legroom in the third row of seating. On the other side, the cabin design seems amazingly stylish. Leather upholstery, chrome and wood surfaces make this crossover look like a real premium car.
2018 Mazda CX-9 engine
Driving is another strong point of this crossover. It comes with a potent 2.5-liter turbo inline-four engine, which delivers 250 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque (with premium fuel). Such amount of power will satisfy everyone’s needs for sure. From zero to sixty, this model needs a little bit more than 7 seconds. It might be a class-average result but when combined with excellent handling, no mainstream mid-size crossover can compete with 2018 Mazda CX-9. A well-designed chassis provides excellent handling, which guarantees almost effortless turns even in tricky corners. A real car-like nature.
2018 Mazda CX-9 trim levels
There are four trim levels in the offer for 2018 Mazda CX-9. The base model is called Sport and it already comes with a lot of standard equipment. Some of the highlights are things like 18-inch alloy wheels, tri-zone climate control, LED headlights, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 7-inch touchscreen, rearview camera, 6-speaker audio system, It also comes with a nice pack of safety features, which includes blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and a low-speed automatic emergency braking system.
Moving to the Touring trim and you get leather upholstery. There are also standard features like heated mirrors, a power liftgate, keyless ignition and entry, bigger 8-inch touchscreen etc. You can also count on a nice safety upgrade, with systems like automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and intervention, and enhanced automatic emergency braking.
The Grand Touring trim includes all above, but also adds 20-inch wheels, parking sensors, LED foglights, roof rails, a sunroof, head-up display with traffic sign recognition etc. You can also count on a heated second row of seats, heated steering wheel, premium Bose audio system, navigation, aluminum trim, ambient lighting and much more.
Finally, there is a Signature trim, characterized by numerous styling upgrades, such as LED accent lighting, premium leather upholstery, and rosewood interior trim. For this trim, AWD is a standard feature.
2018 Mazda CX-9 price and competition
The 2018 Mazda CX-9 price goes in a range between 32.000 and 45.000 dollars, depending on the trim level. Competition is tough and includes models like Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Nissan Murano, Chevy Traverse and many other crossovers.