Tim Charlet
Automotive Editor - November 30, 2017

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.

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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.


The Sport trim level is considered the CX-9 base and is priced with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $33,070 which includes a $940 destination charge. The Sport trim features 18-inch wheels, three-zone automatic climate control, cloth upholstery, an infotainment system, steering-wheel-mounted phone, audio and cruise controls and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Multiple safety systems are also standard with the Sport, including blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and low-speed automatic emergency braking. Mazda has introduced a new Power Driver's Seat and i-Activesense Package for this trim for an additional $1,290. It adds heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a power driver's seat, automatic high beams, lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and full-speed automatic emergency braking.


The Touring trim is arguably the best value for most consumers and starts at $35,900. The extra price adds heated outside mirrors, a power rear liftgate with programmable height adjustment, rain-sensing windshield wipers, lane departure warning with lane keeping assist, and automatic emergency braking. Dual heated and leather-trimmed front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, keyless entry and start system, second-row seating with two USB charging ports, and an eight-inch touchscreen display are added options for the Touring.

For an additional $1,745, consumers can add the Touring Premium package to this trim which adds navigation, an automated braking system, a Bose audio system with 12-speakers, LED fog lamps, SiriusXM satellite radio, and a power sunroof.

Grand Touring

The Grand Touring trim begins at $41,410 and adds upgraded features including 20-inch wheels, a sunroof, aluminum roof rails with satin chrome finish. The Grand Touring also includes the features listed in the Touring Premium package, driver’s power seat memory, second-row heated seating, an aluminum interior trim and LED interior illumination package. The added windshield wiper de-icer, along with front and rear parking sensors to round up the available options.


The Signature trim of the Mazda CX-9 starts at $45,255. However, unlike the other three trim levels, the Signature is only available with all-wheel drive. This trim level includes all exterior, interior, safety, and entertainment options included in the Grand Touring. Additionally, inside the cabin, the Signature offers LED signature grille accent and overhead lighting, rosewood trim, Auburn Nappa leather seating, and trim.

CarsDirect Tip

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.

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