Although the new 2018 Mazda CX-9 is getting up a bit in years, its spacious interior accommodations is perhaps one of its strongest attributes. Other highlights include an easily accessible third-row bench, a strong V6 engine, and a responsive steering. Its release date should be expected sometime in August 2018.
Mazda is known for its reputation as an automaker that infuses the soul of a sports car into every vehicle it gets its hands on, and the new CX-9 isn’t an exception. It is maneuverable and offers a fun to drive personality despite its size. But that’s not exactly the news here. Buyers looking for a seven-passenger behemoth are most probably in need of a vehicle that offers decent hauling and towing needs.
If it is space, the CX-9 has got you covered. It offers plenty of leg- and headroom for its occupants in the three benches it comes configured with. Further aback, the cargo space is voluptuous and promises to hold a significant amount of cargo during those occasional weekend safaris.
Nonetheless, not everything about the CX-9 is amazing. Some of the foibles include a largely underwhelming touchscreen interface, middling crash test scores, stiff ride thanks to its large footprint, and long rear doors that are an inconvenience when parking in compact spaces.
Hopefully, there are plenty of good choices in the segment to meet your demands in case the CX-9 fails to do so. These include the Chevrolet Traverse, Dodge Durango, Toyota Highlander, GMC Acadia, and the Ford Flex.
Trim Options – 2018 Mazda CX-9
The seven-passenger 2018 Mazda CX-9 is offered in Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring trim levels.
Exterior Spy Shots & 2018 Mazda CX-9 Interior Review
Our photographers on a photo op were able to capture some of its exterior colors, they include Blue Reflex Mica, Meteor Gray Mica, Jet Black Mica, Liquid Silver, Titanium Flash Mica, and Crystal White Pearl Mica. Slight changes should however be expected on its release date, as Mazda is yet to announce any changes to the color palette.
Some of the standard accessories and features available on the CX-9 Sport model include automatic tri-zone climate control, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, heated mirrors, full power accessories, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, an adjustable driver seat, HD and satellite radio, a 6” touchscreen interface, cruise control, Pandora internet radio, and driver power lumbar.
Upgrading to the CX-9 Touring trim model gets you a front adjustable passenger seat, blind-spot monitor with rear cross traffic alerts, four-zone automatic climate control, automatic headlights, a leather upholstery, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and an upgraded premium sound system.
The top-of-the-trim CX-9 Grand Touring ramps up the luxury department with driver memory settings, keyless entry and ignition, foglights, 20” wheels, a rearview camera, a power liftgate, automatic wipers, and xenon headlights.
Options available for both trims include roof rails, a 10-speaker Bose audio system, a power liftgate, a stainless steel rear bumper, a 115-V household-style power outlet, a DVD player, rear-seat entertainment system, cross bars, a navigation system, a sunroof, satellite and HD radio, and a panoramic sunroof.
2018 Mazda CX-9 Engine Specs & Fuel Economy
Motivation under its hood is offered by a 3.7L V6 engine mated to a six-speed automated manual transmission system, and either a FWD or an all-wheel drive. The power output, according to Mazda remains unchanged at 273 hp and 270 lbs. ft. of torque.
A fully-loaded 2018 Mazda CX-9 should be able to achieve a maximum towing capacity of around 3,500 lbs.
Zipping from 0-60 mph with the front wheel drive CX-9 takes about 7.5 seconds – a quick acceleration figure considering the segment’s average is just about 8.2 seconds. The all-wheel drive model, on the other hand, takes 8.5 seconds.
When we come to the fuel economy figures, EPA says we should expect the AWD models to return 16/22/18 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 17/24/19 mpg with the front wheel drive models.
2018 Mazda CX-9 Release Date & Price
The 2018 CX-9 price should be expected to start from an MSRP starting from $29,985. Although unconfirmed as of this writing, my crystal ball tells me we should expect the CX-9 SUV sometime in mid-2018, probably in August.