Android Auto and Apple CarPlay now come standard on Touring models and above
Mazda has kicked off sales of the 2019 CX-9 SUV, which brings more equipment than before for a slightly raised base price of $32,280 (excluding a $995 destination and handling charge).
That’s what an entry-level 2019 Mazda CX-9 Sport in front-wheel-drive configuration costs, and customers do get plenty of standard kit for the money.
Highlights include the 18-inch alloys, LED headlights and taillights, 7-inch Mazda Connect infotainment system with revised Commander control knob, three-zone automatic climate control, cloth seats, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio pairing, as well as keyless entry and push-button start.
Standard safety features consist of Smart City Brake Support automatic emergency braking, and Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.
The 2019 Mazda CX-9 Touring starts at $35,330 and adds new-for-2019 factory-installed Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, as well as a frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Grand Touring models (from $40,840) offer more standard features and add a new 7-inch TFT reconfigurable gauge cluster display first seen in the 2018 Mazda6 sedan, ventilated front seats, new power-folding door mirrors and a new 360° View Monitor.
Finally, the 2019 Mazda CX-9 Signature ($45,365) carries on as the flagship of the range, adding new new Santos rosewood interior trim and supplemental interior lighting around the transmission shifter for the new model year.[NativeAd]
All Mazda CX-9 models get a retuned suspension that’s said to offer “a smoother, quieter and more natural ride,” with refinement further enhanced by greater sound suppresion courtesy of a thicker headliner and thicker floor mats.
As before, the only powertrain choice is the SkyActiv-G 2.5T turbocharged gasoline engine that delivers 250 hp and 310 lb-ft (420 Nm) of torque. The SkyActiv-Drive six-speed automatic transmission is standard, while Mazda’s predictive i-Activ all-wheel drive is an option on all models except CX-9 Signature that gets it as standard.
Mazda will start shipping the 2019 CX-9 to dealerships nationwide in September.