The family’s growing. The kids have friends and sports no longer have an off-season. You’re in the market for a 3-row SUV. Sure, the neighbors all have Pilots and Highlanders but you go your own way. And that’s where Mazda fits in with the CX-9; a distinctly unique take on the family mobile.
I’ve always been a fan of the CX-9, even going back to its first generation which ended when this beauty arrived 3 years ago. It’s about as handsome as a 3-row gets, is sized accordingly and drives with a passion not usually seen in this segment. Mazda is a small company that knows if it wants to compete with the big boys it has to go its own way by offering something unique; wooing buyers to the Japanese brand as an exciting alternative. And Mazda has visions of champagne and caviar in its head as exemplified by this CX-9 Signature with an MSRP of over $49,000. It’s so cool and exclusive it gets a new badge this year that kind of looks like 5 grams…you know, your typical Creatine Dosage for all you bodybuilders out there.
The CX-9 is a standout in the styling department and this range-topping Signature trim has a gorgeous interior made from authentic materials that elevates it into the luxury realm. It’s quiet and very comfortable. But most of the updates for this year focus on electronics including a super helpful 360 degree camera.