Life’s a mystery. One day you’re strapping duffle bags to the roll cage of your Miata in preparation for a solo trip cross country, then, what feels like the next day, you’re shopping midsize crossovers to accommodate your growing family. Part of you desperately wants to return to “simpler times,” but the other part of you knows you were clueless back then. Best to embrace the mature you and find an SUV with a little personality (and yes, there is such a thing).
The same company that sold you a two-door sports car also has a three-row crossover for your next stage of life. Though it’s an underdog in a highly competitive segment, the 2019 Mazda CX-9 has design and engagement appeal when stacked against Honda’s Pilot, Toyota’s Highlander, and Ford’s Explorer. Put another way; the CX-9 leaves some of your youthful sensibilities intact.
Here are 10 things to know about the 2019 Mazda CX-9.