The 2018 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring is the best vehicle to haul both the kids and your cargo. Named 10 best Trucks and SUV’s by Car and Drive Review, the Mazda CX-9 offers a beautifully designed exterior, nicely dressed up cabin, amazingly comfortable leather seats, high end features and materials.
With all of the sweet features of this third row, 7 passenger SUV it also comes with a bit of a compromise. The biggest hurdle you’ll have to get over is the lack of cargo or storage space when utilizing all 7 seats in the vehicle.
I still encourage you to jump over the hurdle and land nicely inside this beautiful ride. There’s a long list of premium features that drove me to love this vehicle, read my full review below.
Video + Review: 2018 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring
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What’s New For The 2018 Model
If you haven’t had a chance to read my review of the 2017 Mazda CX-9 click, here. The 2018 Mazda CX-9 made a few changes including:
- Low Speed Automated Emergency Braking
- Blind Spot Monitoring
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- Automatic High Beams
- Lane-Keeping Assist
- Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Heated Front & Second Row Seating
- Heated Steering Wheel
Sharp angled front grille and bumper with a rear spoiler helps take this SUV up to a higher standard. The chrome elements outlined in the latest paint color, Soul Red Crystal, provided a stunning rich red color which captivates drivers on the road. Some of the amazing features I enjoyed included:
- Keyless Entry
- Two Panel Panoramic Sun Roof
When you open the doors to the CX-9 Grand Touring, it will give you the appeal of a very high end SUV, top of the line features. Beautifully decorated with aluminum, soft touch genuine rosewood, leather steering, matching stitch and metal trim shows visually appealing style.
- 8.0 Inch Touchscreen Infotainment System
- Push Button Start
- Leather Seats
- Heated Front Row & Second Row Seating
- 12 Speaker Bose Audio System
Fuel Efficiency is very important when considering a vehicle purchase. The Mazda CX-9 is more fuel efficient than other SUV’s with an estimated 22mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. It helps that CX-9 has a fuel saving nine speed automatic transmission.
Safety & Driver’s Assistance
My three year old son’s safety is at the top of my list when reviewing vehicles. The CX-9 allowed me to easily install his front facing car seat with accessible tethers and anchors in the second and third row. There’s ample leg room in the second row seating without having to adjust the seat in front.
The blind spot monitor, automated emergency braking, and rear cross traffic alert features are standard safety precautions that are now my faves. A backup camera is now standard in CX-9 vehicles and comes with gridlines allowing for easy guiding into tough parking spaces.
For the 2018 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring Premium package with all the bells and whistles mentioned above, cost: $43,655. An affordable price for premium features the entire family will enjoy.
This review is in partnership with Mazda and its affiliates. All opinions expressed here are my own.