Now from a clean sheet of paper comes a clean-sheet design for the new three-row Mazda. With this new model, Mazda’s going in an upscale direction.
The company’s goal is to not only get buyers to spend more, but for them to stay loyal and return to the brand, said David Undercoffler, who covers the company for the trade publication “Automotive News.”
To woo those buyers, the CX-9 is available in a new top trim level called Signature, which offers nice leather, handsome wood and other premium touches. The ride is quiet and the handling is crisp yet supple at the same time.
All variants are offered with side curtain airbags for all three rows of seats, and come with rear cross-traffic alert, low-speed autonomous braking, and blind-spot warning all as standard. High-speed autonomous braking is only available on the top Azami variants.
Overall, the new CX-9 scored 35.87 out of 37, receiving 2.00 out of 2.00 for the pole test, 16 out of 16 for side impact, and 14.87 out of 16 for the frontal offset test. It was also rated “good” for whiplash and pedestrian protection.