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AUTO REVIEW: 2019 Mazda CX-9

Frank Washington | 1/9/2019, 3:36 p.m.
Mazda is incrementally improving its midsize three row crossover vehicle the CX-9. But don’t get it twisted; this was a ...

New too was a Sirius® 3 Year traffic and travel link subscription, a new reconfigurable 7.0-inch TFT gauge display and a new 360° view monitor were also part of the equipment upgrade. The retuned suspension added to the premium on road feel too. And the tactile character of the 2019 CX-9 had been improved. The car was awash in Nappa leather, Santos Rosewood and aluminum trim; it made for a very swanky look.

I got in the second row and checked out the entertainment system. I thought the screens looked a little clumsy the way they were mounted to the back of the front seats. But the set up allowed for some screen titling for a better view. Besides, I don’t think anybody would really care as long as they worked.

The third-row seats were a bit of chore to get into. The second-row headrests should come off to have the widest access. I thought the quality of the third-row seats was really good. However, there wasn’t much head space for me, an almost six-footer. Shorter and probably younger people would be most comfortable back there.

There was a bunch of creature comforts including satellite radio, Bluetooth, a navigation system, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, adaptive cruise control and adaptive headlights, a moonroof, a power liftgate, aluminum roof rails, rain sensing windshield wipers, keyless entry, push button start and a 12-speaker premium audio system.

The 2019 Mazda CX-9 was chock full of equipment and the quality of workmanship was first rate. It was certainly worth the $49,330 price as tested.

Frank S. Washington is editor of AboutThatCar.com