Mazda is playing catch-up with its midsize SUV by introducing some comfort and convenience features for the 2019 model year.
First and foremost, the 2019 Mazda CX-9 finally gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, now standard in every trim level. Meanwhile, the CX-9 GT trim adds a 360-degree camera system, ventilated front seats, a configurable seven-inch driver information display as well as a five-year subscription to SiriusXM Traffic Plus and Travel Link services.
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All trim levels also obtain a reconfigured suspension that is said to provide a quieter and smoother ride, while extra sound deadening with the use thicker headliner and floor mats. As before, the CX-9 is equipped with a turbocharged, 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine that develops 227 horsepower (250 with super unleaded) and 310 pound-feet of torque. It’s connected to a six-speed automatic transmission and a front-wheel drivetrain in the base GS trim. All-wheel drive is optional in the GS, standard in the rest of the lineup.
The price breakdown for the 2019 Mazda CX-9, before freight and delivery charges, goes as follows:
- GS FWD: $36,700
- GS AWD: $40,000
- GS-L AWD: $43,300
- GT AWD: $48,500
- Signature AWD: $51,500
The improved CX-9 is heading into dealerships nationwide this September.