Mazda is giving the CX-9 crossover a long list of upgrades for the 2018 model year. The upgrades to the 2018 Mazda CX-9 include changes to the second and third row seats, to provide easier access, Smart City Brake Support, new colors and G-Vectoring Control.
Inside passengers in the second and third row seats will now be more comfortable and access to the third row seat has been improved. Mazda has also added more sound insulation to give the CX-9 one of the quietest interiors in its class. The 2018 CX-9 gets Smart City Brake Support (SCBS), which can automatically apply the brakes in emergency situations below 19 mph. Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert are also standard as well.
The CX-9 is one of the sportier SUVs in the three-row crossover segment and for 2018 the CX-9 now comes standard with G-Vectoring Control to give it an even more dynamic driving experience. G-Vectoring Control uses the engine in conjunction with steering and throttle inputs to minutely reduce engine torque, putting more weight on the front wheels and making the steering feel more linear and direct.
The 2018 Mazda CX-9 will be available in Sport, Touring, Grand Touring and Signature trim levels.
The CX-9 Sport features cloth seats, LED headlights and taillights, 18-inch alloy wheels, an electronic parking brake and an infotainment system with a 7-inch screen. A new Sport Package adds auto on/off headlights, High Beam Control, Lane Departure Warning, Lane-Keep Assist, Smart Brake Support, rain-sensing wipers, heated front seats and a power driver’s seat. The CX-9 Sport Package also features full-speed Mazda Radar Cruise Control.
The mid-level CX-9 Touring adds leather seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with built-in Homelink garage door opener, power liftgate, Advanced Keyless Entry and an 8-inch screen. New Mazda CX-9 Touring features include the addition of a tilt function on the driver’s seat and power passenger seat with lift and lumbar support.
The Touring’s Premium Package includes LED fog lights, navigation, a BOSE 12-speaker Premium audio system, SiriusXM satellite radio, rear parking sensors, front parking sensors, sunroof, retractable sunshades in the second-row doors and a moonroof.
The CX-9 Grand Touring adds 20-inch wheels, Adaptive Front-lighting System, aluminum interior trim, Active Driving Display head-up unit with new Traffic Sign Recognition, roof rails and a memory driver’s seat. CX-9 Grand Touring’s new features include heated second-row seats, a heated steering wheel and windshield wiper de-icer.
The top-of-the-line CX-9 Signature comes standard with Auburn-colored Nappa leather, rosewood trim, a LED signature grille and LED interior lighting.
The Mazda CX-9 comes standard with a 2.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 250 horsepower and 310 lb-ft. of torque. The four-cylinder is mated to a six-speed automatic and all-wheel drive is optional.
Pricing for the 2018 Mazda CX-9 starts at $32,130 for the base Sport and tops out at $44,315 for the all-wheel drive CX-9 Grand Touring.