2019 Mazda CX-9 Receives Significant Improvements

2019 Mazda CX-9 Receives Significant Improvements

Story by Gerry Frechette, photos courtesy of Mazda Canada

The latest generation of the Mazda CX-9 was launched for the 2016 model year, and now, with the 2018 MY comes more significant improvements, part of Mazda’s plan to keep up with modern technology and customer demands on a yearly basis, rather than  updating this and other models only in a “mid-cycle refresh” program after a few years.

Major updates include those which can’t be seen – refinements to the suspension and steering for smoother handling – and those which enhance safety and comfort, including a 360-degree View Monitor utilizing four cameras to show the area around the car, an available seven-inch TFT LCD display on which to show it and other information, and front-seat ventilation.

As one might expect with the pace of technological progress, the CX-9’s Mazda Connect infotainment system has received a major upgrade. Mazda has caught up to many of the other brands in this segment by now equipping the CX-9 with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Smartphone Integration.

Other models like Mazda6 and CX-3 will  have this capability by the end of the year. Depending on the model and year, this update can even be retroactively applied to most other models with Mazda Connect, for a cost of $445 or less depending on labour cost. Your local Mazda dealer has full details.

Along with the above, the CX-9 now also supports SiriusXM® Traffic Plus and Travel Link data services, showing current information for traffic, weather, fuel prices, and sports scores on the centre display. A five-year trial subscription is included, but note that SiriusXM music service is not included in this beyond the three-month trial Mazda already offers. Should you subscribe to it, though, the experience will be more involving with more room for verbal descriptions of what you are listening to, as well as the new SiriusXM features TuneStart, TuneScan and TuneMix.

In the intermediate SUV segment the CX-9 resides in, Mazda is a long way from being the top seller among the import brands, but in a market that sees most of the competing models (Highlander, Pilot, Pathfinder, Santa Fe XL) being down in sales for 2018 year-to-date compared the same period last year, the CX-9 is up some 17 percent. As well, this newest generation will sell about three times as many units in 2018 as the highest the previous generation sold in its best year, 2014.

Keeping up with the latest technology as soon as it can be applied is helping Mazda keep pace in the market.

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