As if we weren’t already big fans of the Mazda CX-9, now there are even more reasons to give this seven-seater family hauler our thumbs up.
Mazda is adding new standard safety features and comfort technology on the new 2018 Mazda CX-9. The three-row SUV now comes standard with Smart City Brake on all trims and Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control handling.
Smart City Brake is a safety feature in Mazda’s i-ActiveSense safety suite. It automatically breaks the CX-9 to avoid a forward collision at speeds up to 19-mph. Other now standard safety features are Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.
G-Vectoring is a Mazda system that tracks the steering and throttle to adjust the amount of engine torque. It sends more weight to the front wheels making them more evenly responsive to steering no matter what their current angle. Basically, it just makes the driver feel more in tune with controlling the vehicle.
In the cabin, Mazda’s changed the design of the second-row seat so they are more comfortable and easier to move for third-row access. Mazda says the SUV is also better insulated to make it even quieter than the current model.
The upgrades up the price by $610 to $33,070 on the base Sport trim. But the Touring trim drops by $1,010. It starts at $35,900. The 2018 Grand Touring trim starts at $41,410 which is the same price as the 2017 model. The Signature likewise continues to start at $45,255.
The basic difference between the trims starts with the Touring replacing the Sports trim’s cloth seats with leather and the 7-inch infotainment screen with an 8-inch. It also adds an auto-dimming rearview mirror, garage door opener, power lift gate, and Advanced Keyless Entry.
The Touring Premium Package costs $1,290 with LED fog lights, navigation, BOSE 12-speaker audio, rear and front parking sensors, sunroof, and second-row moonroof.
Grand Touring replaces the 18-inch wheels with 20-inch ones. It builds on the standard safety tech with Adaptive Front-lighting System, head-up display with Traffic Sign Recognition. It adds heated second-row seats, heated steering wheel, windshield wiper de-icer, and roof rails.
The Signature is all about the fancy replacing the leather upholstery with Auburn Nappa leather, rosewood trimmings from Fujigen – a Japanese guitar-maker, – LED cabin lighting, and a special LED grille. It only comes with all-wheel-drive. But AWD is optional on all the lower trims for $1,800.
The new 2018 CX-9 goes on sale later this month.