The redesigned exterior is backed by an impressive cabin that feels far more expensive than what you might expect from Mazda. Although it still features the familiar aluminum dashboard insert or the free-standing screen seen in the Mazda6, the CX-9’s cabin has plenty of unique styling cues to brag about.
The upper section of the dashboard is unique compared to other Mazda vehicles, while the A/C vents have been redesigned. The driver’s side is a lot more familiar though, featuring the same instrument cluster with three big gauges and the three-spoke steering wheels.
On the other hand, the aluminum and wood inserts in the door panels and the revised center stack make it feel more modern and luxurious. The photos depict the interior of the new, range-topping Signature trim level, which means that cheaper models aren’t this fancy, but it doesn’t make the new CX-9 less impressive.
The SUV can be ordered with authentic Japanese rosewood supplied by “a premium guitar maker,” Nappa leather in Supple Auburn, and contrast stitching for the center console armrest.
Not just luxurious, the cabin is also quiet. Mazda says there are more than 53 pounds of sound deadening components installed bellow the floor in three different sections. Needless to say, the CX-9 is probably the most comfortable vehicle Mazda has built to date.
Convenience features include a seven- or eight-inch touchscreen for the Mazda Connect infotainment system, which uses both Bluetooth and cable-based connection for functions like Pandora or Aha by Harman music streaming. There’s also a 4.5-inch TFT screen in the instrument cluster and a color head-up display projected onto the lower windshield. In the back, passengers have two, 2.1-amp USB ports available for charging smartphones or tablets.
Finally, the CX-9 can be ordered with bespoke Bose premium audio system with 12 speakers. The system was specifically tuned to the SUV’s interior and features silk tweeter covers.
The second-generation CX-9 is not only lighter and more fuel efficient than its predecessor, but safer too. Due to its more rigid chassis and straight load-path frame rails integrated into the unibody, the new CX-9 provides better protection in the event of a crash. Also, the lighter weight improves braking performance.
The i-ActiveSense system, which provides active safety features that include Mazda Radar Cruise Control and Blind Spot Monitoring has been updated for the second-gen SUV. The bundle now includes Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane-Keep Assist, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Control, Smart City Brake Support, Distance Recognition Support, and Forward Obstruction Warning.
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