Thank you Drive Shop for giving me the opportunity to drive the 2016 Mazda CX-9 for a week.
My husband is all about the latest tech gadget. So when something impresses him, I know it’s pretty cool! That’s what happened when we had the chance to drive around in the Mazda CX-9 for a week. We took it on a trip to the Poconos and realized there were a few new features we’ve never experienced before. Always a nice surprise!
I currently drive a minivan. Not the most stylish, but it has been great for our family since we are always carting kids to and from activities. I seem to always manage to have at least one extra kid with me everywhere I go (funny how that happens), so having the space is very helpful.
Now that my kids are getting older, I’m ready for a change! I thought I wanted an oversized SUV but after riding around in the CX-9 for a week, I’ve come to realize this vehicle is the perfect size for my family.
It can seat seven people, however my younger son is still in a booster so there’s room for about six comfortably. When you aren’t using the third row, you can fold down the seats for more cargo space. We had enough room to pack the car with plenty of stuff for a weekend trip.
A few features that really impressed us:
Radar Cruise Control
Wow, what a cool feature! We were on the highway using cruise control when another vehicle pulled into our lane. Before my husband could step on the break, the CX-9 slowly automatically reduced it’s speed to maintain a safe following distance. Once the vehicle moved out of our lane, the CX-9 resumed to the set speed. We had no idea this was a feature until then.
When the CX-9 detects a potential unintentional lane departure, for example getting too close to the middle lane or going over the shoulder line, the wheel will shake slightly (as a warning), which is a great safety feature considering how many potential distractions there are in a car full of kids.
No more reaching over to the dashboard to change channels or navigate GPS. Everything is comfortably located in the middle of the console. You can rest your arm on the arm rest, and easily navigate through the command center to access features such as navigation, audio settings, radio sources and channels, and other vehicle settings such as HUD and alert volume.
Funny story. I drove the CX-9 around for about a day before my husband had a chance. While driving he said, “Wow, now that is cool.” He was talking about the heads up display. I had no idea what he was talking about because I was TOO short to see it when I was driving, haha. But this can be easily adjusted.
So what is the heads-up display? It is a display that is projected into the windshield and shows you your speed, navigation, cruise control and more. Talk about a fancy feature! I loved this feature because when you are traveling in an unfamiliar area that is congested, you don’t have to keep looking at the dashboard for directions. This helps keep your eyes on the road and prevents you from missing your turn or swerving.
While this vehicle is perfect for a family, it still makes you feel like a VIP cruising around in a luxury vehicle, even when you are only carting the kids to soccer practice .
The MSRP for the model I drove is $45,000 (Signature), but the sport model starts at $31,000. We started checking into different options because I fell in love with it. I highly recommend checking it out if you are in the market for a new car.
Thanks again to Mazda for allowing us to test drive the Mazda CX-9 for a week!