This post is in collaboration with Mazda and DriveShop. All opinions are my own.
Mazda recently redesigned the CX-9, improvements included adding Sky Activ and also an additional trim level (Signature). I spent a week with this updated 7 passenger vehicle and had fun seeing what all it could do.
The 2016 Mazda CX-9 infotainment and controls have the similar feel to the CX-3 and CX-5. I enjoy the ergonomic controls that sit right where your hand falls when resting on the arm rest. They are easy to control; and can easily be done without taking your eyes off the road. Plus, how gorgeous is that Rosewood trim?
After trying out a few cars that include Android Auto, I did wish that this was an option in the Mazda CX-9. I did enjoy listening to my Satellite radio during my commute and while driving around town. The navigation worked well and offered different angles for the maps. The car was also quiet while driving so I was easily able to understand Brad on the other end of the phone when he called to see how much longer I’d be stuck in traffic.
Many of the controls that I needed while driving were simply on my fingertips as they could be done through the steering wheel. Phone, audio, adaptive cruise control, and other information settings could be changed without even taking your hands off the steering wheel.
The Mazda CX-9 included one of the best Heads-Up displays that I’ve experienced. In addition to speed (and speed limit), it also included information about the lane departure warning and blind spot monitoring. Brad and I noticed that the blind spot seemed to only pick up if cars were passing you, not when you passed them (which can either be a good or bad thing depending on what you are expecting as a driver).
I’ve seen more cars add these extra storage compartments in the trunk recently. They are super handy and a great use of potentially otherwise wasted space. The side compartments would be perfect for large bottles of milk or pop when coming home from the grocery store.
Over the 4th of July weekend, Brad and I brought the car over to some friends house so that they could experience all of the new features. We seriously spent over an hour out in the driveway so that they could push all the buttons and check out all the settings. Brad and I joked as we drove home that we should take bets on how long it will be before she replaces her current car with a brand new CX-9 (we’re guessing it will be by the end of the year).