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2018 Mazda CX-9 OVERVIEW
Finding a three-row crossover SUV that is stylish, functional and fun-to-drive can be a challenge. Mazda has infused each of these critical consumer attributes in its new CX-9. Available in four unique trim levels and priced competitively, the 2018 Mazda CX-9 is exceptional for growing families or anyone searching for a peppy, good handling crossover SUV.
What's New for 2018
For 2018, Mazda made minor adjustments, mainly offering more standard features. Safety systems previously found in upgraded trim levels, including blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and low-speed automated emergency braking are now available on all trims of the CX-9. The G-Vectoring control system, which helps to improve stability while cornering is also a standard feature.
Choosing Your Mazda CX-9
The 2018 Mazda CX-9 is available in four trims – Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, and the premium Signature. Consumers can select one of the seven exterior colors and five interior color patterns for each trim level. The Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring feature standard front-wheel drive but can be upgraded with all-wheel drive for an additional $1,800. All-wheel drive is standard for the Signature.
Each Mazda CX-9 is powered by a 2.5-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder with 250 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. Power is delivered to the ground by way of a six-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain combo delivers an EPA-estimated 22 miles per gallon city and 28 mpg highway.
For consumers interested in buying the 2018 Mazda CX-9, a critical decision will be choosing between the all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive. For crossover SUV shoppers living in cold-weather climates, or those looking for more responsive handling and sporty ride, the extra $1,800 upgrade is a smart decision. Of the four trim options, the Touring delivers the best bang for your buck. The price is slightly less than $3,000 over the Sport and almost $6,000 below the Grand Touring.