According to some reports, the famous three-row crossover will undergo some changes, so we could see an update for the 2019 Mazda CX-9. The excellent mid-size crossover is considered as one of the best in class.
The original model came in 2005 and it was in production for more than a decade. The second generation came two years ago, with many improvements. However, if we consider that competition is pretty tough these days, constant updated are necessary. The first generation received three updates during its long production cycle, so we can expect nothing less from the current model.
What exactly to expect from the 2019 CX-9, it is still hard to predict. The current model completely follows the brand’s newest design language, so we don’t believe in some bigger visual modifications. We also don’t expect changes in terms of powertrain. On the other side, we could see new standard features.
2019 Mazda CX-9 redesign
In terms of design, this crossover is still pretty fresh. It came less than two years ago with significant changes. Compared to the original, it rides on a new SKYACTIVE platform, which provides many benefits. The first one is drive quality. Although it is a three-row crossover, it offers plenty of fun when it comes to the driving. Thanks to its sporty suspension, it features pretty amazing handling for this kind of vehicle. Also, it features pretty amazing styling, one of the best in class. The new design language of the Mazda is amazing, and all models from the new lineup feature fantastic styling.
The same thing is inside. Compared to its main competitors, 2019 Mazda CX-9 will feature a more upscale cabin. With excellent materials and plenty of space, this model is often the first choice for crossover buyers. Another great thing about this crossover is the list of features.
2019 Mazda CX-9 features
The 2019 Mazda CX-9 comes with a full load of equipment. The base model comes with things like three-zone automatic climate control, 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, a six-speaker audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and two USB ports. For additional money, you can get things like an upgraded 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system, navigation, a 12-speaker Bose premium audio system, a head-up display, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and rear parking sensors. An interesting thing about this crossover is that it doesn’t have smartphone integration in the offer, unlike most of its competitors. So, this could be one of the novelties for the 2019 Mazda CX-9.
When it comes to safety, a list is quite long. Some of the notable features are lane departure warning, blind spot detection, night vision, traction control, emergency trunk release, adjustable pedals etc.
2019 Mazda CX-9 engine
The 2019 Mazda CX-9 will continue with the same powertrain. This crossover comes with a single engine option. It is a famous 2.5-liter gasoline engine, which comes slightly tuned for this occasion. For this model, it features a max output of 250 horsepower, which is enough to provide 0-60 sprint in about seven seconds. Transmission is a familiar 6-speed automatic. Despite its large displacement, this engine offers very good fuel economy, better than most of the rivals. It returns around 21 mpg in the city and 27 miles per gallon on a highway. Top speed goes over 130 miles per hour.
How much can the 2019 Mazda CX-9 tow?
First of all, consider that this is a crossover and that it definitely can’t compete with classic truck-based SUV. Its primary orientation is the comfort and hi-quality on-road ride. Still, you can count on some decent numbers when it comes to towing. Depending on the version, it goes up to 3.500 pounds. In practice, this is more than enough to two a speedboat, for example. Of course, we talk about models with AWD. These numbers put 2019 Mazda CX-9 somewhere in the middle.
If we count only regular versions, these are class-average numbers. On the other side, models like Toyota Highlander or Ford Explorer have special towing packages in the offer, which can provide up to 5.000 pounds of towing capacity. Still, these packages will cost you a nice amount of money, so consider a classic body-on-frame SUV if you need a more capable machine, you will definitely save a lot of money. For example, even the base version of Toyota 4Runner can easily tow more than 5.000 pounds.
2019 Mazda CX-9 release date and price
The 2019 Mazda CX-9 should come somewhere in the second half of next year. We don’t expect changes in price, so the base model should go around 32.000 dollars. On the other side, top-range models will up to 45.000 dollars.
When it comes to the competition, there are many models around. This crossover is definitely among the best in terms of quality, but there are also models like Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder etc. There are even some cheaper alternatives, such as Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, Ford Flex and others.