**Disclosure: I had the pleasure of driving the 2014 Mazda CX 9 for a week in order to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and may differ from yours.
My 10 Favorite Features on the 2014 Mazda CX 9
Even though we have 2 cars, I have always been an SUV/Truck person. You always need that extra storage space for something and I like to sit up high. For instance, I bought a new artificial Christmas tree this year and had to ask our neighbor to go and pick it up for me because the box was big and wouldn’t fit in our car.
The Mazda CX 9 has plenty of room for everything. It seats 7 passengers comfortably and has plenty of leg room in all three rows. I am 6′ tall and I hate to be cramped. Leg room is the first thing I look for in a vehicle.
But that isn’t all that I like about the Mazda CX 9. It’s sleek, sophisticated and sporty looking. It’s not boxy or odd looking and I consider it a mid size vehicle. It measures 200.6″ long, 76.2″ wide and 68″ high. The tapered front end and aerodynamic body, helps to get good gas mileage.
Some of my favorite features are:
Most SUV’s get horrible gas mileage and that is one of the reasons we switched to a car. But not the Mazda CX 9. It averages 19 mpg (17 city and 24 highway). I was getting 18.6 and that was all city driving.
Blind Spot Monitoring System w/ Rear Cross Traffic Alert
This lets you know if there is a vehicle or something else in the way when you want to change lanes. I think the blind spot monitoring system should be available on all vehicles. I cannot tell you how many accidents we were almost involved in (no fault of ours) because cars would come on the interstate and didn’t see us.
Tri Zone Air Conditioning Controls
I love this feature! If you have ever ridden in the back seat of a vehicle when it was hot outside, then you can understand where I’m coming from. The passengers in the back seats are able to control whether they want the air conditioning on high or low or completely off. This is also good if you travel with pets. Chalupa was very warm in our back seat and we had to blast the air conditioning throughout our entire trip. We were frozen in the front seat by the time we arrived at our destination.
This is the first vehicle that I have seen with this option. You can adjust the aim of your headlights per weight in your vehicle. Leave it at ‘0’ for one or two passengers, raise it to ‘1’ for more or if you have more weight in the back.
It’s nice to know where you are going when traveling. I usually use the navigation on my phone and I can’t tell you how many times we have gotten lost. It’s so much easier when it’s right there in front of you (the driver) telling you and showing which way to go. Helps to ward off a lot of arguments.
The Backup Camera is part of the Entertainment System and so nice to have especially when you have a lot of kids around you. The kids will be riding their bikes and you can see it all clear, and a second later…they are behind you. The backup camera has three zones and will beep accordingly to where the person or item is. The faster it beeps, the closer to the vehicle they are.
3 Position Memory Driver Seat
The driver seat not only has an 8 way power seat with adjustable lumbar support, but is also heated and has 3 way memory. Meaning three drivers can save their settings.
Bose Audio Speakers
Nothing but the best of the best in this Mazda. I love listening to my music in the car and Bose is the best sound you can get. With 11 speakers in total.
Keyless Entry & Power Open/Close Liftgate
With Keyless Entry, you never have to take the key out of your pocket or purse. Just press the button on the door handle (as long as the key fob is with you) and you are in. Turn the little knob on the column with your foot on the brake to start it. Of course, you can unlock it, lock it and open the hatch with it if you would like.
With the touch of a button you can open and close the power lift gate. No more struggling with it to close it because it’s heavy. Press the button on the key fob to open and press the button on the lift gate to close it.
Steering Wheel Controls
With the buttons on the steering wheel, you can make a call, receive a call, change your radio station, lower or raise the volume, go hands free and speak your directions or station numbers.
Overall, I was extremely pleased with the way it handled. It was very comfortable to ride in and I would recommend it to anyone looking for an SUV. There are many more options available than I mentioned in this post.
The standard warranty on all Mazda vehicles is:
Thank you @MazdaUSA for allowing me to test drive this beautiful SUV.