Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support expand to the 2019 Mazda CX-9.
The Mazda CX-9 emerged as one of the best-looking crossovers in its class back in 2016, and it’s still looking pretty fresh. On that basis, Mazda hasn’t made any radical changes to the model for 2019, but there are a few updates.
Mechanically, the 2019 Mazda CX-9 remains the same as the outgoing 2018 model. That means you still get a turbocharged 2.5-liter SkyActiv engine with 250 horsepower and a whopping 310 lb-ft of torque. That comes mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. For the upcoming model year, engineers focused on refining the CX-9’s driving experience. To that end, they’ve retuned the suspension for a smoother, quieter ride. Mazda also included a thicker headliner and floor mats to further deaden noice inside the cabin.
Mazda’s flagship crossover is still available in four trim levels: Sport, Touring, Grand Touring and Signature. On the Sport trim, however, the former Power Driver’s Seat and i-ActivSense package has simply been renamed the Sport Package. Added features to the base trim include auto on/off headlights, a power driver’s seat, heated front seats and door mirrors, lane keep assist and automatic emergency braking. The Sport Package’s price remains the same, at $1,290.
Upper trim levels get Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
Touring and above trim levels get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, in line with the 2018 Mazda6. Touring models start at $35,330. However, buyers can also get a 12-speaker Bose audio system and navigation with the $2,390 Touring Premium Package. Grand Touring models, starting at $40,840, also get a 7.0-inch configurable TFT instrument cluster – also available in the Mazda6 – power-folding mirrors and a 360-degree camera system.
Finally, the $45,365-and-up Signature gets unique badging, Auburn Nappa leather seats, and rosewood interior trim, in addition to all the other features. The 2019 Mazda CX-9 is available with front- and all-wheel drive. Signature models, however, are only available in all-wheel drive. Optional accessories include a rear-seat entertainment system for $1,995, remote start for $550, a $325 retractable cargo cover, and a Class III trailer hitch rated up to 3,500 pounds for $450.
The 2019 Mazda CX-9 will hit dealership lots in September 2018. Stay tuned to TFLcar.com for more updates! Subscribe to The Fast Lane Car and TFLnow on YouTube for more Mazda news, views and real-world reviews.