2022 Mazda CX-9 Rent in Kenya
Rent mazda CX in Nairobi Kenya The Mazda CX-9 is one of the more distinctive three-row midsize SUVs, prioritizing style and driving experience. It also comes closest to closing the gap with the luxury brands with its impressive cabin materials and design. It falls short when it comes to cargo, utility and third-row accommodations, which seem like important things on a midsize-SUV shopper’s list. And it’s a big reason why it isn’t higher up the ranks.
- Premium interior, especially in the top-level Signature trim
- Strong acceleration and sporty handling
- Comfortable and quiet on the highway
- Less cargo capacity than competitors
- Third-row seats aren’t especially accommodating
- AWD is now standard across the CX-9 range
- New Touring Plus trim level
- Part of the second CX-9 generation introduced for 2016
Rent Mazda CX in Mombasa Kenya Emphasizing style and performance over outright utility, the 2022 Mazda CX-9 is alluring and upscale for a three-row midsize crossover SUV. It gives up some cargo and third-row passenger space compared to rivals such as the Honda Pilot and Kia Telluride, but in return you get quicker acceleration, more nimble handling and a classier interior.
Rent Mazda CX in Nairobi Kenya For 2022 the Mazda CX-9 adds all-wheel drive as standard equipment across the range, and front-wheel-drive models have been dropped. There is also a new Touring Plus trim, which, as you might imagine, slots right above the Touring model. It adds a number of thoughtful features that make an enticing middle ground between the standard Sport trim and the top-spec Signature models.
Overall we recommend the CX-9 as long as you don’t need the utmost in three-row SUV utility. Be sure to examine our test team’s in-depth Expert Rating to learn all of the pros and cons of this appealing three-row SUV.
What’s it like to live with?
When Mazda last redesigned the CX-9 for the 2016 model year, we took one into our long-term fleet for a full year. Over the course of 22,000 miles, we learned plenty about what’s great about the CX-9, and what’s not. Note that while there have been some changes to the CX-9 since 2016 most of our observations still apply.
Rent a Mazda in Nairobi Kenya How does the CX-9 drive? The Mazda CX-9 feels like a smaller midsize SUV in many ways, including the way it drives. It’s a bit more athletic than competitors on a winding road, with confident brake response, and it’s easy to maneuver in tighter confines. The all-wheel-drive system is tuned mainly for inclement road conditions, but it can handle your weekend “soft-roading” excursions.
There’s a sufficient amount of power on tap that’s available right off the line, delivering great response when you need to get going. Accelerating to 60 mph takes 7.6 seconds, which is good for a three-row midsize SUV, and the transmission shifts smoothly, making for a seamless daily driver experience.
Rent a Mazda in Mombasa Kenya How comfortable is the CX-9? Whether you’re commuting or taking a long road trip, the CX-9 delivers a good degree of comfort. Much of the credit goes to the smooth ride, which strikes a balance between sporty and compliant. Taller tire sidewalls contribute to this balance, helping provide cushion against road imperfections. Inside, the CX-9 has well-sculpted front seats that offer ample support, but it’s worth noting the third row is quite small and not as comfortable as many competitors’ back rows. The cabin, however, is luxury-level quiet, which is impressive.
Our test car’s climate control is easy to use, but it might not blow cold enough if you have polar bear blood running through your veins. The heated and ventilated front seats work decently, and rear passengers have access to climate controls for their area.
How’s the interior? The Mazda CX-9’s interior is thoughtfully designed, simple and elegant, and a benchmark for non-luxury SUVs. The primary controls are easy to reach and use. The main control dial is instantly intuitive and provides quick navigation within the menus of the sharp-looking 9-inch infotainment display.
Getting in and out of the CX-9 is easy, and access to the third row is much improved thanks to new second-row captain’s chairs available in the Signature trim. The first and second rows have a good amount of room, but the third row is best reserved for kids. Visibility isn’t quite as open as in other SUVs because of the CX-9’s thickish pillars and a rear window that’s on the smaller side.
How’s the tech? The optional Bose stereo system delivers clear and powerful sound. Smartphones are easy to pair and quick to be recognized on startup. There are also plenty of USB ports to keep everyone’s devices charged — six total in our top trim. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration is standard.
All CX-9s come loaded with advanced safety and driver aids such as adaptive cruise, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic warning, forward collision warning and lane keeping assistance. They’re well tuned to deal with heavy traffic, and false alarms are rare. Adaptive cruise and lane keeping work well to relieve the burden of heavy traffic.
How’s the storage? The CX-9 falls behind the competition in cargo and utility. The 14.4 cubic feet behind the third row could be adequate for many shoppers, but for comparison, there’s 21 cubic feet in the class-leading Kia Telluride. Max cargo is equally short, with 71.2 cubic feet in the CX-9 and 87 cubes in the Telluride.
Thoughtful interior design makes the CX-9 easy to live with, and growing families should find adequate space for all their things. Door pockets and cupholders are nicely sized. Car seats are easy to install with the second-row captain’s chairs. There’s a good amount of room for any size car seat, even large rear-facing ones. If you plan to do much towing, the CX-9 doesn’t lead in that area, maxing out at a lower-than-average 3,500 pounds.
Is the CX-9 a good value? The CX-9 is definitely among the leaders in terms of its build quality, especially in top Signature trim. Entry-level models are generally more expensive than the competition, but the Mazda justifies the higher cost by including more standard features. It’s priced fairly competitively at the top end, and the interior closely resembles a luxury-class cabin thanks to exquisite materials, uniform gaps and clean, elegant design. The exterior paint is well done too.
Warranty coverage and ownership benefits such as roadside assistance are pretty standard for the class.
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Mazda CX-9 models
Rent Mazda CX in Mombasa.For 2022, the Mazda CX-9 lineup consists of the Sport, Touring, Touring Plus, Carbon Edition, Grand Touring and near-luxury Signature trims. Highlight features for each include:
Starts off the CX-9 lineup with:
- Turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine (227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque or 250 hp and 320 lb-ft with 93 octane gas)
- Six-speed automatic transmission
- Standard all-wheel drive
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- LED headlights
- Rain-sensing windshield wipers
- Power-adjustable driver’s seat
- Heated front seats
- Second-row bench seat (seven-passenger seating)
- Triple-zone automatic climate control
- 10.25-inch infotainment system display
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
Every CX-9 also comes with:
- Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go operation (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the vehicle and the car in front)
- Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
- Blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while reversing)
- Lane keeping assist (steers the CX-9 back into its lane if it begins to drift over the lane marker)
The Mazda CX-9 Touring builds on Sport equipment with:
- Keyless ignition and entry
- Power liftgate
- Leather seats
- Power-adjustable front passenger seat
- Auto-dimming rearview mirror
- Rear USB ports
Optional for the Touring is a Touring Premium package. It adds:
- 12-speaker premium sound system
- Satellite radio
- Wireless smartphone charging
- Second-row window shades
- Front and rear parking sensors (alert you to obstacles that may not be visible in front of or behind the vehicle when parking)
The new Touring Plus model includes everything from the Touring Premium package and adds:
- Dark-finish grille
- 20-inch black-painted wheels
- Third-row USB ports
- Ventilated front seats
- Driver’s seat memory settings
The CX-9 Carbon Edition includes the contents of the Touring Plus and adds:
- Exclusive Polymetal Gray paint, red leather seats and interior trim
- Adaptive headlights (swivel as you turn the steering wheel for better illumination in curves)
- Windshield wiper de-icer system
- Power-folding side mirrors
- Heated steering wheel
- Heated rear seats
- Second-row captain’s chairs
- Wireless device charging pad
- Driver attention warning (issues an alert if sensors determine you are becoming fatigued)
- Rear automatic braking (brakes if sensors detect an imminent collision with an object behind the vehicle)
It loses the Carbon Edition’s cosmetic exclusives but gains:
- Integrated navigation system
- Head-up display (displays important information in your sight line onto the windshield)
- Traffic sign recognition system
- Surround-view camera system (gives you a top-down view of the CX-9 and its surroundings for tight parking situations)
Aiming to deliver luxury, the Mazda CX-9 Signature is equipped with:
- Exclusive grille design and finish with LED lighting
- Premium quilted leather upholstery with piping
- Real wood interior trim
- Second-row captain’s chairs with center console
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