For those looking for the versatility of a larger vehicle but want the comforts of a car-like ride, the midsize crossover segment has always been home to some notable entries. The 2019 Mazda CX-9 is one of those almost perfect midsize crossover contenders, offering a swath of technology and safety, all while being one of the most premium when compared to its rivals. Instead of being filled to the brim with every technological marvel, the base model Mazda CX-9 Sport Touring offers sensible and practical tech features without feeling gimmicky and over the top.
We gave the 2019 Mazda CX-9 Sport Touring an excellent score in our full review because it combines the upmarket feel of a more expensive car, has great ride comfort, and has the flexibility to meet any family roadtrip challenge. In this article, we’ll be talking more about the safety and technology at the base trim level, and see how they work to make the CX-9 a great all-arounder at a reasonable price point.
Spot on, right where it matters most
The Mazda CX-9 has a lot going for it, and the Sport Touring model does lose out of a few goodies, but what’s still here works very well and is practical to use for every drive. Looking to do a lot of night driving? You’ll be happy to know that the CX-9 Sport Touring still has LED headlights, and while they aren’t adaptive, the light throw is still excellent. The headlights and windshield wipers can be left to their own devices since they both have an automatic function. Sure, you lose out on a head-up display on the Signature trim, but you still get the same easy to use eight-inch infotainment system paired with a rotary dial. Music can be played through a decent six-speaker setup, and you can always add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to make phone connectivity seamless. Automatic climate control is standard, and it’s bestowed on the second row passengers, too.
Cruise control is also thrown in for highway drives, and you can take advantage of a comprehensive set of parking sensors for the front and rear. This is of course paired with a reverse camera with guidelines. For convenience, all windows are one touch up and down, and you have keyless entry and push button start. USB ports are also generous, plus you have a number of 12V sockets for even more charging opportunities. You miss out on the sunroof that’s in the Signature variant, but that could be a toss up depending on what you prefer. Overall, the CX-9 Sport Touring offers a good amount of kit, only losing out on some additional features that are on the top trim, such as a 12-speaker Bose system, ventilated seats, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Not much, right? The essentials are already here, and then some.
Essential safety features
The core safety set of the Mazda CX-9 is good, offering a complete set of six airbags to cover all passengers, ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution, traction control, stability control, and hill start assist. You also have ISOFIX mounts in the second row for affixing child car seats, and an immobilizer and anti-theft alarm. Adding P570,000 to get the Signature trim adds more active safety features such as automatic high beams, lane keep assist, blind spot detection, and a 360-degree camera. You also get rear cross traffic alert to help in backing up onto busy roads. If you want all the bells and whistles, plus more technology to keep accidents from happening in the first place, going for the highest trim level could be a good idea. Plus, the added benefit of all-weather traction of all-wheel drive can not be ignored. Nevertheless, the Sport Touring variant is still a great performer in the safety department.