The 2019 Mazda CX-9 looks exactly the same as last the 2018 version. But hidden beneath that familiar and attractive sheet metal, is a mid-sizer that thinks and acts bigger and more expensive. Many people of a certain age will not know or care about Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. On the other hand, many consumers with fewer candles on their cake are very interested. This is indicative of the changes made to the Mazda CX-9 for the 2019 model year. Nothing major. Rather, a host of updates and upgrades that move Mazda’s largest utility vehicle toward a younger and more upmarket audience.
I joined my fellow AJAC members a year ago in voting the 2018 version the best large utility vehicle on the Canadian market. A few months later it also made the Top-10 list for World Car of the Year. The 2019 version does nothing but gild the lily.
The top-tier Signature trim level has been a hot seller. Accordingly, for 2019, Mazda has focused on making the CX-9 a viable and much less expensive alternative for folks who might otherwise be considering a luxury nameplate.
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