Almost Slim to none Changes for the Updated 2018 Mazda CX-9

2018 Mazda CX-9 Review

Even though the 2018 Mazda CX-9 is coming back for another go, it seems that this time they have really not done anything to update the car. When it comes to the aesthetics the vehicle is the same as its last update and brings probably the most minute details changes that a casual fan would not notice. The most prominent thing is still done for the engine of the car as it is there where they decided to tamper a bit more and make certain innovations. The CX-9 is still a three-row fun to drive crossover model which has a great attitude and which will make the attitude and the people inside it higher as well. But will this be enough to keep the car relevant until they decide to bring a new-generation model.

The Mazda CX-9 model has made its first appearance about ten years ago. The vehicle was released for the first time in 2007. It was a brand new entry in the crossover segment and it immediately established itself as a vehicle which has a fun approach compared to a more serious style that the competing models are using. After the release, there were two facelifts made, in 2010 and then also in 2013. But it was the last change that brought the most respective and arguably the most important change for the Mazda CX-9. In 2016 Ford broke up from Mazda and it resulted in them making their own platform and their own engines for the vehicle. But the design language was probably the thing that showed how serious the designers in Mazda actually are. Reinvigorating the model was its most successful feat up to date and helped the car become in demand more than before.

With the 2018 Mazda CX-9, they have not changed much. Actually the car was not necessary to change at all but they still decided to make certain tweaks and include some updates for it in order to keep it fresh and acceptable by the fans. A new SkyActive engine is the only real update made here as the power output of the car has now been increased and means that along with a fun-to-drive attitude of the car we also get more strength. We see this as a perfect way for them to really show what they are capable of doing with their 2018 Mazda CX-9 model.

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Since the release date for the 2018 Mazda CX-9 is announced and the first price ratings are available, let’s see some other details that are offered about the car.

When is the Release Date of the 2017 Mazda CX-9 Set For?

Although the 2018 Mazda CX-9 has not really changed so much in comparison to the current model it still keeps the model new. The style is what was important for the previous model as it revolutionized the way this model looks. But what this car brings is a new engine and better output. All in all, it does not take too much to reshape and repackage this car and get it ready for release, so the release date is already familiar to us. We are expecting it to arrive within the coming months meaning the August or perhaps September is the best time to release this model. We will have to wait and see if this affects the sales by any way.

What is the Offered Price?

As far as the price for the 2018 Mazda CX-9 goes, the starting Sport trim will have the same pricing as the model before it. We were expecting to get an increase but fortunately it did not happen so the base price for the Mazda CX-9 Sport is still $31,520. But with the higher trims, the prices get higher and now they are going to be a bit more expensive than the last year’s version. Thus the Touring model will cost $35,970 now while the Grand Touring will be priced $40,170. Finally the top trim and the most expensive model is the Mazda CX-9 Signature which will cost you about $44,015. All of the given prices are available as base MSRP pricings.

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A Familiar Style for the 2018 Mazda CX-9

The 2018 Mazda CX-9 will still have the familiar KODO design language that was introduced already a long time ago. The model is truly handsome and looks graceful. This is perhaps the most modern kind of a design that could have been brought to this car and it seems that it works exceptionally well. The front part has that KODO Mazda look and the lines established here are also seen in some other Mazda models. There are some chrome accents which manage to define the look quite well. The headlamps and the bumper also fit in perfectly with all the additions created here.

There is more chrome added throughout the car. You can see it on the side window surrounds, rocker panels and the roof rack rails. There is also some chrome for the rear bumper and on the tips of the twin exhaust pipes. The classy, black cladding added to the lower section of the car, following alongside the wheel arches as well, gives the model more class and keeps it closer to an SUV kind of a model.

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The wheels are 20-inch ones with 10 spokes and come wrapped in season Falken tires. The wheels also have a satin chrome finish which make the car seem more flashier and vivid looking.

A Fine Looking Inside of the Car

The interior of the 2018 Mazda CX-9 still has all of those good looking parts that we are used to having. An angular instrument panel graces the front and gives more character to the vehicle. The redesign which was introduced to the dash was maybe a gamble in some way but it actually worked out pretty well and introduced something that the models did not dream of having before. The three-spoke, leather wrapped steering wheel is also present here and in front of it there are three gauges which make up the cluster. Of course everything is digital and the infotainment screen is placed within dash and fits in like an iPod. Also, storage spaces and cupboards are positioned correctly and provide more help to the passengers.

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The second row offer plenty of space and convenience for the passengers. It has lots of headroom and legroom and make the people feel at ease. The HVAC controls will give added options for the people in the back as they can adjust the temperature or the fans as they like. There is an option of using a 60/40-split second-row bench if you happen to drive more people at once. The third row does provide added spacing but not a lot of legroom at least not for very tall people.

Drivetrain Innovations for the 2018 Mazda CX-9

When it comes to the power and the engine, Mazda CX-9 has decided to add an updated version of the newest Skyactiv-G 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. This is a good path for them to take as it enables them to upgrade the power and at the same time upgrade the vehicle by providing better performance to an already established style. The engine is made out of aluminum and adds direct fuel injection and dual overhead cams. The results of the changes is a power output of 250 horsepower which reaches its peak at 5,000 rpm and also 310 pound-feet of torque which peaks at 2,000 rpm. The vehicle will also introduced the all new i-ACTIV AWD system which has 27 sensors that helps you determine the road conditions much more accurately.  And it is all going to be matted to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting capabilities. All in all, we think that the fabulous engineering has brought to a great new redesign for the brand and made the engine now be more compatible with the style of the 2018 Mazda CX-9 car.

Size and dimensions of the 2018 Mazda CX-9

Being that the only change for the 2018 Mazda CX-9 has been made for the engine, the size of the car will remain the same. Once the vehicle was established the last time its dimensions were as well. The style of the car remains really good and keeps the fans excited about it very much. But the size will also be enough to provide exceptional comfort and give you the necessary comfort. The car is 199.4 inches long, 67.6 inches higher, 77.2 inches wide and has a wheelbase of 115.3 inches. It also helps having an 16°/21.1° approach and departure angle. As for the inside, shoulder room and legroom is exceptional while you have 21.5 cu ft of cargo space in the back to fit in any amount of bangs that you are planning to take with you.

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0-60 mph and Top Speed

The changes brought to the engine of the 2018 Mazda CX-9 will also help with the model gaining more speed and also bringing about a better acceleration. The time is now brought down to 7.2 seconds needed to reach 0-60 mph, which improves things slightly. The acceleration was never a problem for the CX-9 but it does sound good when the specs get to improve and make the model faster. The top speed will still be limited to 113 mph and this is a sound kind of an acceleration figure.

New Fuel Economy Specs for the 2018 Mazda CX-9

Actually the new fuel economy specs are going to be the old fuel economy specs for the 2018 Mazda CX-9. The car will not change the fuel usage and we actually do not have a big problem with it. The model was already good when it came to the usage of fuel but the numbers could do with some freshening up within the future period. So if you change to AWD you can expect to use 21 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway, and 23 mpg combined. Changing to the standard FWD brings about 22 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway, and 25 mpg combined.

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Safety and Security

The previous model has had good crash test scores but the 2018 Mazda CX-9 is probably mostly going to transfer them and keep on with the potentially great safety stats that the vehicle had before. The model will boast with great active and passive features which will be used to improve the vehicles’ production of security. Active ones include Lane Keep Assist, Radar Cruise Control, High Beam Control, Forward Obstruction Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Smart City Brake Support, and more which all come standard. The passive ones will include dual front airbags, three-point seatbelts, front side-impact and side curtain airbags. Also the structure of the car will help with the occupant safety as the unibody is stiffer and gives us more protection than ever before.

What are the Rivals Doing?

The newest 2018 Mazda CX-9 has probably already had a very good position in the segment and it will still keep it and make sure that it is established as one of the top cars here. But with scarce changes for the design and an update for the engine it might fill in what the previous model didn’t have. The last model was made popular due to its excellent design and its innovative look which astounded everybody. But the vehicle will now get more power to go with its perky attitude. This is something that nobody expects from a crossover, three-row car but that is just the thing as it comes at you when you least expect it. The competing cars in the segment will still have a lot of things on their hands and if they do not come up with some new soon, it might leave them in the dust. Riding on some old success and their history are models like Ford Explorer and GMC Acadia that may be good offers but we generally thing that the Mazda keeps its stance here.

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