This adventure was made possible through my blogging partnership with DriveShop and Mazda, who provided me with a vehicle to test drive in December. You can follow the conversation on social media with the hashtag #DriveMazda and #MazdaCX9!
Hello there beautiful!
Meet the gorgeous Mazda CX-9 AWD!
Last month a group of family and friends rented a cabin in the beautiful town of Blairsville, Georgia in the north Georgia mountains. While we were there, we were able to explore the area with the Mazda CX-9! We had SO much fun climbing steep mountains, traversing streams, and navigating the winding Appalachian roads in the CX-9.
We picked up the vehicle near Atlanta, then drove the 90 mile drive to Blairsville. We were able to spend that time getting to know the ins and outs of the CX-9 and getting a feel for how it handles on the open highway. What stood out most during our initial drive was how smooth it handled. It was raining on our way up to the mountains, but with the intuitive wipers, crystal clear LED auto-adjusting headlamps, and impeccable control of the steering and all wheel drive, we felt safe and secure the entire time.
This 3 row, 7 passenger crossover SUV had SO much to offer. Not only did it seat all of us comfortably, but all of the features made vehicle so much fun to drive. I loved how in control I felt once we got to the mountains. Navigating the twists and turns of mountain roads can be a scary thing, but the CX-9 made for an easy and enjoyable experience. It has the feel of a luxury car- smooth and steady- and we especially appreciated the navigation system, as it is VERY easy to get lost while searching for hiking trails, waterfalls, and wildlife!
The Mazda CX-9 proved to be the PERFECT road trip car. Comfortable, stylish, smooth, good on gas, lots of cargo space, an amazing 12 speaker BOSE sound system (for all of those road trip tunes!), and bells and whistles that help to make traveling easy peasy. We couldn’t have been more impressed with this crossover!
•Turbocharged SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine
•310 lb-ft torque at 2,000 rpm
•250 horsepower at 5,000 rpm (93 AKI)
•227 horsepower at 5,000 rpm (87 AKI)
•Standard front-wheel drive or available predictive i-ACTIV all-wheel drive
•MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment system with 7” or 8” color multi-function display with voice command, SMS text message audio delivery and replay, E911 automatic emergency notification and optional navigation system
•Multi-function commander control
•Available windshield-projected Active Driving Display
•Dynamic stability control and traction control system with standard trailer stability assist
•Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
Available in four trim levels: Sport, Touring, Grand Touring and Signature (Sport model starts at $31,520)
•18” aluminum-alloy wheels standard with option of 20” aluminum-alloy wheels
•LED headlamps with auto off and auto height control
•LED tail lights
•Variable intermittent windshield wipers
•Three-zone automatic climate control air conditioning
•Second-row 60/40 seat with seat recline, center armrest with cup holders and USB inputs
•Heated driver/passenger door mirrors
•Power liftgate with adjustable height
•Heated front seats
•Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry and Start System
•Available BOSE® premium audio with 12 speakers
•Roll Stability Control
*Hill launch assist
*Rearview camera option
•Blind Spot Monitoring System and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
*28 mpg highway
If you’re in the market for a family friendly Crossover SUV that is not only a head-turner but functional, comfortable and safe, definitely look into test driving the Mazda CX-9 and see for yourself just how amazing this vehicle is!