Comfort, Safety, & Style in the 2019 Mazda CX-9 Signature

The new 2019 Mazda CX-9 Signature offers a family comfort and safety all wrapped up in a pretty stylish package.

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parked front view 2019 mazda cx9

I have told you guys many-a-time that most of my adult life I have been a new car kinda girl.  I was probably one of the first people to jump on the leasing bandwagon because for me it just made sense.  

For the person that loves a new car every 2-3 years, the option to lease was nothing short of a dream. I felt basically, if you take care of your cars, which I do, and drive a normal amount, it was always a win for me.

While early on style and features were at the top of my list, as I have gotten older and have more than just myself to think about safety and comfort have become equally important.

In the Mazda CX-9, I didn't feel like I had to sacrifice one for the other, I really could have it all.

I mean I still need style, and I want all the gingerbread (features & tech) but I also want to make sure that my people not only are comfortable but safe too!

The new 2019 Mazda CX-9 has all that in the bag!

Named Car and Drivers Best Mid-Sized SUV, #4 in Mid-Sized SUV’s and SUV’s with a 3rd row by US News & World Report, and earning a 4/5 Kelly Blue Book Expert Rating and 4.8/5 Consumer rating.

I recently had the opportunity to put it to my own test, and I was not disappointed.

2019 Mazda CX-9 Signature All Wheel Drive – The Features I Absolutely Love

Information Projection

information projection in the 2019 mazda cx9

The CX-9 has driver accessibility and convenience at the forefront which translates into a safer ride.

With the information projected on the window in front of the driver like speed, current speed limit, and different warnings like lane departure and driver distance alert, you never have a need to take your eyes off the road.  This was a feature I also loved when I tested out the 2017 Mazda6 a few years ago.

Rear Passenger Window Screens

I tend to ride with the A/C on more often with my son in the car because I don’t like letting the rear windows down.  For fear that he may put his hand out the window or something flying in and creating a distraction while I am driving.

With the window screens, you can let the windows down allowing air in, without your kids being able to put their hands or throw toys out.

Additionally, they help to block out the sun even if the windows are up.  A really cool and innovative feature.

Center Console Hand Controls

console controls in the 2019 mazda cx9

Control of everything you could need is right at your fingertips.  With the audio, navigation, and settings right in the center console beneath the gear shift.

My Opinion of the 2019 Mazda CX-9 Signature



I never thought I would say that a full-blown, full-sized family vehicle would be the “S” word.
But my friends this thing is S-E-X-Y!

2019 mazda cx9 exterior front view

With all its beautiful curves and super sleek design, I have to say I was quite impressed, inside and out.

The color was a beautiful metallic-ey pearl white.  And I can not express enough how much I love a white car.  In fact, I have probably had more white cars than any other color.

And the inside was a burnt red-ish color with black accents.  This thing was the little black dress of full-size family vehicles.  Personally, I felt it put some of the “luxury” vehicles to shame.


I loved the leg space in the front and 2nd-row seating areas.  The third row would be great for small children or shorter adults.  My girl is 6 feet, she was not fitting in the third row.

Additionally, while it has the ability to carry 7 people, let me be clear in the CX-9 you are either carrying people or carrying stuff.  But definitely not both.  It would be great for taking your family and maybe a couple +1’s out for a day.  Or for a family of four out on a weekend road trip.

trunk loaded with luggage
I had to let half of the rear seat down for my bags to fit in the trunk.


This thing had all the gingerbread!

A 12-speaker Bose premium sound system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto integration, and a navigation system with a full-color display.  Both integrate into a communications system that allows the driver to remain completely hands-free.

Then there was the full view camera.  It allowed you to see the entire exterior of and around the vehicle.

full view camera upon entry into maxda cx9

The camera quality on the backup camera left a little to be desired.  But I loved this camera feature because it allows you to make sure everyone is in the car with their doors closed.  As well as making sure there is nothing around you or in front of you when pulling off.

Which could have come in handy that one time I ran over my son's tricycle that he left in front of the Yukon and I didn't know.


With a family in tow, safety is of the utmost importance.  This thing is fully equipped with all the things you need to help your family feel safe and like you are in control on the road.

Mazda CX-9 Exterior

Mazda CX-9 Interior

Specialty Specs of the Mazda CX-9

  • SKYACTIV Turbo Engine
  • All Wheel Drive
  • 20-inch Alloy Wheels
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Power Moonroof
  • Power liftgate
  • Adjustable heated leather steering wheel
  • Heated/Cooled front seats
  • Latch child seat anchors
  • Tire pressure monitoring
  • 360-degree view camera monitoring
  • Electric assisted steering
  • Auto fold door mirrors
  • Touch keyless entry system
  • Push button start
  • 3 zone climate control
  • Bluetooth/AUX audio jack inputs
  • 2nd-row heated seats
  • Android Auto & Apple Carplay
  • Dual Front Airbags with side impact airbags
  • Blind Spot monitoring
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist technology


I know this is what you really want to know.  Kenya, girl how much does this thing cost??

You can get a new 2019 Mazda CX-9 base model starting at 33k.  This particular model I had with all the gingerbread came with a sticker of 49k.

While vehicle pricing with all the features comes with a higher ticket by-and-large, I just wouldn't expect to pay fifty thousand dollars for a Mazda.

Pricing by trim level:

  • Sport: $33,200
  • Touring: $36,300
  • Grand Touring: $41,800
  • Signature: $46,300

My Honest Thoughts on the Mazda CX-9 Signature

I turned in my Yukon Denali last year for an Acura TLX.  It was a pretty drastic move, and I'd be lying if I didn't admit I miss my SUV a bit.  The Mazda CX-9 was the perfect hybrid between the two.  It felt like an SUV on a car frame.

I love $45 ticket to full up the gas tank.  Especially since the $75+ ticket was part of the reason I got rid of my Yukon.

I was able to drive from home (the Raleigh area) to Hyattsville, Maryland (the DC area).  And still didn't need to fill up right away.

With my life being committed to shuffling kids around town, gas mileage is way important to me.  And I know you feel me if you have kids who are active and into sports and different activities.

My honest opinion of the CX-9 is that if I were in the market for a new vehicle, this would most likely make it's way (back) to my driveway.

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