Mazda managed to define its flagship CX-9 model with luxury and value-for-money, words that do not usually mix together in one sentence. Just seeing it on the road would mean a delight for the senses.
The stately presence and striking Kodo design of this 7-seater SUV is matched with a gorgeous interior. The CX-9’s use of genuine Rosewood in matte finish and supple Nappa leather gives the car a very luxurious touch and gives a pleasing overall visual appeal. It has soft surfaces in the right places all throughout that make the cabin feel much more premium.
For luxury vehicles, having the lowest noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) is paramount. With the CX-9, it added some 54 lbs. of sound-deadening material, uses sound-insulating glass and superior seal insulation, giving its interior a remarkably quiet environment. Despite the car’s sleek and low roofline that defines its gorgeous profile, it offers one of the best in class 2nd and 3rd rows with more volume and legroom. The 3rd row is fairly easy to climb in, without needing to remove an installed child seat.
The signature variant CX-9 comes with an 8-inch Mazda Connect Infotainment system and a 12-speaker Bose layout. Control is either through the touchscreen or with an intuitive separate knob with a knurled metal finish that added a nice luxurious touch to it. Integration and pairing with your smartphone couldn’t be simpler.
Mazda’s masterful use of the Kodo : Soul of Motion design philosophy applies very beautifully on this 7-seater SUV. The CX-9 is a design that will be sure to age gracefully, thanks to its elongated hood and tapered roofline. With this design philosophy in mind, it is equally matched with a great and dynamic driving experience. The top-of-the-line Signature series offers predictive i-Activ AWD that accurately monitors everything from outside temperature to throttle input and braking patterns. With this tech, the CX-9 carefully and automatically adjusts power delivery to give you optimal traction before your wheels can slip regardless of weather and road condition.
When one talks about luxury, the topic of safety is not far behind. Mazda packed in so much safety tech and innovations and driver aids that give so much confidence on the road. Whether it’s on urban traffic or highway driving, the car helps you drive safely, alerting on potential hazards and lets you focus on what matters most – having the best driving experience.
The CX-9’s artisan-like engineers adhere to Mazda’s “jinbai ittai” design philosophy, which means in Japanese the unity of horse and rider. The car’s 2.5 inline four cylinder turbocharged engine has a peak torque rating of 420Nm at a low 2,000 RPM which gives the car a much more dynamic experience. Mazda introduced the world’s first turbocharged engine that is capable of varying exhaust pulse depending on its engine speed, helping improve boost at low RPMs and reducing turbo lag. Skyactiv-Vehicle Dynamics with G-Vectoring Control is Mazda’s innovative technology that helps you steer more precisely by optimizing load control that gives the car its excellent handling during a more spirited drive.
Found mostly in premium vehicles only, the CX-9 has a front Windshield Projected Active Driving Display (HUD) to show the vehicle speed, front dual-zone climate control and auto rear climate control, rear door sunshade, 360° View Reverse Camera, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist and Blind Spot Monitoring.
Indeed, owning a Mazda comes with its perks these days. Ownership experience is further enhanced when Mazda Philippines announced that it is giving a 5-year free PMS (preventive maintenance service) plan with free parts and labor for every scheduled service for 5 years (or 100,000km whichever comes first) for all Mazda vehicles sold April 2020 onwards. It also has a free 3-year roadside assistance and concierge service which includes emergency towing aid and minor onsite repair. Its concierge services include hotel, dining, golf course, limo service and courier referral and reservation assistance, among others.
Alvin Uy wears many hats, foremost among them being an executive for a home improvement chain and real estate developer and part of a family-owned chemical business. Aside from writing about motoring news and car reviews, he loves to write about traveling, food and wine reviews, mechanical timepieces and classic cars.