I was excited to head to Washington, DC in the 2019 Mazda CX-9 Signature All Wheel Drive for a weekend road trip and enjoy the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The first thing that stood out to me was the overall size. I previously had the opportunity to drive the 2019 Mazda CX-5 and the CX-9 is a tad bit larger and has a third row. The exterior was Snowflake White Pearl and the interior was Auburn Nappa Leather. The driver’s seat was powered, had 2 position memory and heating options.
The weather has been so funny lately but, I won’t complain. We need all this rain to wash the pollen away and keep my allergies at bay. It was pouring when we were in route to Washington, DC. I used the Mazda Radar Cruise Control most of the way to ensure I stayed within the speed limits. If a car was in front of me the CX-9 would reduce speed. I also got a chance to experience the traction control, lane departure warning and lane keep assist on our journey. The safety and security features are great!
Driving at night in the rain can be challenging when it comes to the visibility, so I really could appreciate the rain-sensing windshield wipers and intermittent rear wiper along with the adaptive front-lighting system. There was no need for me to manually turn on my high beams when necessary, it’s done automatically for you. I love a car that is so in tune with what’s going on that it adjusts as necessary for you. So, the blind spot monitoring was great to alert me when a car was inching up on me.
One of my favorite features in a vehicle is the dashboard and all the cool tech built-in. Apple Carplay came in handy when we wanted to sync our phone(s) and listen to multiple playlists. I also enjoyed the SIRIUSXM satellite radio. There were a few stations that I just loved as I bumped my favorite tunes through the 12 BOSE AM/FM/HD speakers. The 8” color display was the hub for everything with a rear camera and 360-degree view monitor. I loved this feature when parking in compact spaces.
Everything is mostly power with advanced key-less entry system, push button engine start and 3-zone automatic climate control. There are auto fold door mirrors, automatic door locks and power open/close rear lift gate. All these features made traveling an ease. We all had enough USB inputs to charge our phones. My son had his own USB input(s) in the rear along with heated seats, 2nd row window sunshades and latch child safety seat anchors. He also enjoyed the rear seat entertainment system.
I have grown to depend on the active driving display, so I never have to take my eyes off the road. Overall, I really enjoyed the 2019 Mazda CX-9 all wheel signature drive. The Skyactiv -G 2.5 Turbo Engine is so smooth with 6 speed sport mode. I was able to enjoy the power moon roof once the rain stopped and we had a bright sunny day. I was very comfortable being in the driver’s seat for a little over four hours. It’s a great vehicle and I wouldn’t mind owning this jewel. She’s pretty and a powerhouse.
The MSRP for standard equipment is $45,365. You can add optional equipment bringing you up to $49,230. Here’s the article about the 2019 Mazda CX-5 so you can see my thoughts and compare the rides. Check out the Mazda website for additional information about the 2019 Mazda CX-9 Signature All Wheel Drive and all the cool features. It did pretty well on gas at 23 MPG. I just touched the surface with my experience, there’s so much more to enjoy with this sweet ride!