What’s new with the 2018 Mazda CX-9?

Building off its predecesor’s reputation for excellence, the 2018 Mazda CX-9 is safer, smarter, and so perfectly crafted that a ride in this mid-size family crossover feels more like a ride in a high-end luxury SUV. This class-above experience is easily credited to Mazda’s hyper-focus on details, on perfecting every element of design — interior and exterior — to improve the total driving experience.

The CX-9 returns with four trim levels — Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, and Signature — with more equipment standard at each price point. Before I break out the upgrades and differences in each trim, let’s go over what’s standard across all 2018 Mazda CX-9 trim levels.

Driving Experience

  • Greater Sound Insulation — Increased and improved insulation makes for quieter rides, allowing you to hear what you want to hear and disregard the rest.
  • SKYACTIV-BOD — A stronger, lightweight body structure improves driving dynamics.
  • G-Vectoring Control (GVC) — Mazda’s industry-exclusive technology makes steering more linear and direct, and as a result gives you added confidence and greater control behind the wheel.


  • i-ACTIVSENSE Safety Technology — Gives you peace of mind on the road. Select features include:
    • Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) — An advanced driving technology that can automatically apply the brakes in emergency situations below 19mph.
    • Blind Spot Monitoring —Sensors that detect other vehicles located on your right or left and warn you via visual, audible, or vibrating alerts. This is particularly helpful when changing lanes.
    • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert — These sensors detect vehicles that might be crossing your rearward path, which is helpful to have when backing into or out of a parking space.

Also, a new color joined the CX-9 color palette, Soul Red Crystal. This magnetic red draws upon our passions and lends the CX-9 a sophisticated, vibrant, glamorous look. So, what’s new with the 2018 CX-9? Enhanced safe and smart driving technologies and a beautiful new color. Now, here’s what’s new with the trim levels.


  • Cloth upholstery
  • Standard LED headlights and tail lights
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Electronic parking brake
  • MAZDA CONNECTTM infotainment with a 7-inch screen and Bluetooth audio streaming and phone pairing
  • Auto on/off headlights and High Beam Control
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Heated front seats and a power driver’s seat
  • Full-speed Mazda Radar Cruise Control
  • Standard front-wheel drive and available predictive i-ACTIV all-wheel drive


  • Leather seating surfaces
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror with built-in Homelink garage door opener, power liftgate, Advanced Keyless Entry and an 8-inch MAZDA CONNECTTM screen
  • Tilt function on the driver’s seat and power passenger seat with lift and lumbar support
  • Touring’s Premium Package includes: LED fog lights, navigation, a lauded BOSE® 12-speaker Premium audio system, SiriusXM satellite radio with a 4-month subscription, rear parking sensors, new front parking sensors, sunroof, retractable sunshades in the second-row doors and a moonroof
  • Standard front-wheel drive and available predictive i-ACTIV all-wheel drive

Grand Touring

  • 20-inch wheels
  • Adaptive Front-lighting System
  • Aluminum interior trim
  • Active Driving Display head-up unit with new Traffic Sign Recognition
  • Roof rails
  • Memory driver’s seat
  • Heated second-row seats
  • Heated steering wheel and windshield wiper de-icer
  • Standard front-wheel drive and available predictive i-ACTIV all-wheel drive


  • Auburn-colored Nappa leather interior
  • Rosewood trim supplied by premium Japanese guitar-maker Fujigen
  • LED signature grille
  • LED interior lighting
  • i-ACTIV all-wheel drive

Whichever trim level you choose, the CX-9’s bold looks and class-above features make for an incomparable driving experience, because this is a seven passenger mid-size crossover that’s perfect for family travels, hauling cargo, and everyday trips. Come check it out! Head to our Dublin, California Mazda dealership for a 2018 Mazda CX-9 test drive — you won’t be disappointed!

See you in the showroom!