by: Mike Ginsca,
There’s something special about the Mazda CX-9 and you’ll notice this the moment you get behind the wheel. It drives like no other mainstream SUV. If you’ve had to say goodbye to the sports car because of family, the CX-9 is definitely worth considering. It has a more sporty drive than other 3-row SUVs without sacrificing interior comfort, luxury, and features.
For the 2019 model year, Mazda hasn’t made many changes to the CX-9 but there are a few. But if you still want to know how the 2019 Mazda CX-9 drives and how it fares as a family SUV, you can read my review of the 2018 model as it is mechanically and volume wise the same as this.
You can read that review here: 2018 Mazda CX-9
What’s New For 2019
Arguably the biggest update to the CX-9 for the 2019 model year is the introduction of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. I first reviewed this system on the Mazda 6 and for the most part both Android Auto and CarPlay work well with the Mazda Connect system. My only gripe is the fact that you can’t use the touchscreen to navigate through Android Auto or CarPlay. Well, technically you can with CarPlay when stopped but not when moving. You’re restricted to using the rotary knob at the bottom of the gear selector.
The engine and powertrain remains unchanged but the suspension did receive a bit of tweaking. It still has a “sporty SUV” feel but the suspension is tuned to better absorb bumps and reduce NVH (Noise, Vibration & Harshness) levels from entering the cabin. The cabin of the CX-9 has also been lined with an improved headliner that also reduces outside noise.
Other interior improvements include front ventilated seats. On the GT and Signature trims, staying cool in the summer is now easier thanks to the ventilated seats option. The rearview mirror has also changed to look more modern and contemporary by being offered in a frameless design. I never thought I’d talk about a rearview mirror in a review before but there’s a first time for everything.
Other features for the 2019 CX-9 include a 360 degree camera system and power folding mirrors. The mirrors are self explanatory but there are a couple things worth mentioning about the camera system. It’s nice to be able to see all around such a big vehicle but the camera resolution is very poor. Also when you shift into Reverse, only the backup camera is displayed. If you want to see the 360 view as well, you have to press a button on the screen which can become annoying if you always want to see the 360 view when parking.
Overall the 2019 Mazda CX-9 is still one of the best 3-row SUVs on the market without going into the “luxury” price tag. It may not be for everyone’s taste but for those that like to drive, there is no competition for less than $53,500 CAD as this fully loaded CX-9 is equipped.
Thank you to Mazda Canada for providing the vehicle. www.Mazda.ca
Editor at large and gearhead. Can drive anything on 4 or 2 wheels... sometimes 3 wheels too.