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2019 Mazda CX-9: Wife Approved!


By: Tom Sedens – 

A very slight refresh heads the CX-9's way for 2019. Not making major changes that will turn heads, Mazda instead focused on refining an already fantastic vehicle.

All in all, it is a solid package that has most everything that most buyers in this category are after.

And hey, when it comes to turning heads, the CX-9 already had an advantage. In my opinion, the CX-9 is the best-looking SUV in its class. I love the design language from front to back. The LED headlights and signature driving lights flank a very noticeable and aggressive grille with a cool illumination strip accenting its lines in the dark.

Body proportions are tidy and it comes across as smaller and sleeker than it really is. The wheel wells are filled with monster 20-inch rims shod with big 255/50-sized boots.

Inside, clean, simple styling greets you, along with nice,high-quality materials. I really love the multiple tones and colours in this Signature trim. The warmth of the leather contrasted with the metal trim and the beautiful genuine Rosewood trim on console and door panels is really something to behold.

The heated steering wheel is a joy in hand, and the heated and ventilated seats are upholstered in stunning Nappa leather with premium stitching details.They're delightfully comfortable and well-bolstered.

The central 8-inch touchscreen is a bit of a reach, but can also be controlled with the rotary HMI controller on the console. The system is slowly starting to feel a bit dated with its many nested layers, but it still works fine. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are integrated and the BOSE system is excellent. A shout-out to the voice recognition is called for here –it was 100% accurate for me during my week with the CX-9, and that is very unusual.

There's a boatload of driver assistance technology in this trim. You get brake support,blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, radar cruise control,automatic high beams, lane departure warning and lane keep assist, a heads-up display and a surround-view camera.

There are some good places to store your stuff around the cabin. A carpeted bin with USB plugs can be found under that clamshell centre console lid, and there is a open bin at the front of the console as well.

The roomy second row seats are comfortable (the two outboard seats are heated) and they recline and slide fore and aft for maximum adjustment. The middle seatback folds down to become an armrest - pop the lid to access the two hidden USB plugs - and there's a separate rear climate control panel.

Mazda claims the CX-9 has more third row legroom than the Toyota Highlander. While that may be true, as is typical in this class, the third row is still not suitable for adult passengers. In order to accommodate adults back there, you're forced to slide the second row seats up so far that it basically becomes unusable. So count on transporting children or well-behaved dogs back there - of note, there are no LATCH anchors in the third row - only two sets in the second row.

The trunk lid is powered and the trunk itself is spacious, although slightly smaller than the competition's cargo space. It ranges from 407 L behind the third row, to 1082 behind the second row (it splits 60/40 when you fold it down), to 2017 with all the rear seats folded down. I liked the significant and useful underfloor storage in the trunk.

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