Best Bang for Your Buck and Handsome Too.
December 18, 2018
I first saw the CX-9 redesign when we were shopping for my wife's new car. I was like, "Wow! Mazda has seriously upped their game." I told our salesperson, after buying a CX-5, that when I was in the market, the CX-9 would be toward the top of my list and I would come see him.
Fast forward two years later. As I stated the Mazda was toward the top of my list. I actually had narrowed it down to three cars, the Mazda CX-9, Jaguar F-Pace, and Volvo XC60. Make no mistake, it certainly competes head-to-head with those vehicles.
Once I optioned-up the Jag, it was more than I wanted to spend. The Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring and Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum came in around the same price point. This was an unbelievably difficult choice as both cars were stellar, good looking, and teched out. If you're reading this review, there's obviously no suspense here.
In the end, I chose the Mazda. It was just as nice looking as the Volvo if not more, but gave me more options for what I was spending. Additionally, for 2019, the Mazda now offered 360 degree camera, and Android Auto and Apple Play among other things. I didn't necessarily need the all-wheel drive, but it was the only one they had in the color I wanted.
Overall, I'm very happy with my purchase. This is a mid-sized CUV that drives like a compact. The styling of both the interior and exterior are second-to-none. This is a luxury vehicle with a non-luxury price. It has been a joy to drive and Mazda certainly lives up to Zoom-Zoom.
There's only a few things I take issue with: no panoramic moonroof, the 360 camera's resolution isn't all that great and the infotainment system is a bit dated and experiences some lag (so did the Volvo's).
Caveat: I rated the reliability as 5 stars, but I haven't had it long enough to gauge that. However, Mazda has moved up to 3rd in reliability according to Consumer Reports.