Mazda’s flagship CX-9 midsize crossover has been updated for the 2018 model year. Presently, the 2017 model year CX-9 is on sale, but the new 2018s will arrive this month (September). Here are five reasons why shoppers may want to wait for the new version.
- Read Our Review Of The CX-9 Here
Two CX-9 Safety Updates
Mazda is following Toyota’s lead by equipping all of its top-selling vehicles with standard active safety for 2018. The CX-9 has two major changes in this regard. First, Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert are now standard. Second, Mazda is adding mart City Brake Support (SCBS) for the first time, a technology that can automatically apply the brakes in emergency situations below 19 mph. This technology was not available in 2017.
CX-9 Updates – Seating
For 2018, Mazda is changing the second row of seats. An improved second row for both greater comfort and easier third-row access will now be standard on all trims.
CX-9 Updates – More Content On Mid-level Trims
For 2018 the Mazda CX-9 Sport will have more standard safety and other features standard. For example, radar cruise control (adaptive cruise control) is now included. The CX-9 Grand Touring trim’s new features include heated second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, and windshield wiper de-icer.
The Mazda CX-9 is a three-row midsized crossover with seating for seven. Powered by a responsive turbocharged engine, the CX-9 has been widely reviewed and the consensus is that it is the best “driver’s” crossover in its segment. An IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus-rated vehicle, the CX-9 is as safe as any vehicle in its class.