On the Road with the Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD 2018

Lately, my husband and I are considering upgrading our car since we have an addition to our family – our baby boy Josiah King. As most of you know by now, my husband and I love traveling, so a spacious vehicle equipped with the latest tech is what we’re considering for the whole family. We want it to have “character” but also not skimp on the features. Another important thing is that it should be able to handle long road trips without making it uncomfortable for the passengers. Fortunately, we were given the opportunity to test drive the Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD 2018 model for a week, and we literally LOVE everything about this crossover which made the experience even more amazing.


Personally, I used to be a fan of smaller cars because it is more comfortable to drive and does not require a big space for parking. Hubby, on the other hand, loves cars that are luxurious and armed with speed. Since giving birth to our baby boy, everything changed. We wanted a bigger one, a sedan isn’t big enough, a hatchback isn’t really a contender, an SUV or a crossover is a big possibility. But we weren’t sure which one to choose or what would be an excellent fit for our needs. After test driving the Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD, we realized that it gives us everything that we are looking for –and more!

What we love with the Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD 2018


Appearance » The 2018 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD has a classy look on the outside with a glossy finish. The detail on its design is well made, sleek and clean. The interior is made with comfy leather, the dash offers the latest tech with built-in navigation. The overall look is exquisite, minimalist, with a hint of luxurious detail.

Space » The 2018 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD can accommodate up to 5 persons sitting comfortably which makes it excellent for family use. Aside from that, there’s an option if you want to add another two more seats in the rear giving you more space for the family.
A major plus for us is that it is very “roomy”!

Comfortability » For those of you who love to travel would know that taking long road trips can result in discomfort. In fact, I always end up having back and leg pain when seating for long periods of time and even more when I feel trapped in the back while looking after our son. As for my husband, since he is tall, this usually becomes a cause for concern. While he wants to be comfortable, there usually isn’t enough legroom without compromising my space in the back.

Good thing, with the 2018 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD, this is not a problem. It has enough space where we can move back the driver seat without making the back passenger feel cramped. This is also a primary issue when getting in and out of the vehicle
We’re more than delighted to share that after test driving for long hours, I never felt uncomfortable even while nursing my baby boy.


Trunk Space » Its trunk space is undeniably huge. It is excellent for traveling and packing our personal belongings along with a bulky jogging stroller. With all honesty, it has enough space that you can literally pack for a family 3 for a whole month. When it comes to bringing home groceries. It can hold a pretty decent amount of bags, including a sack of rice with a lot of space left for more

Features » My favorite feature is the i-ACTIV All-Wheel Drive® system. It is especially helpful for not so pro drivers like me, you’ll have instant confidence for all-weather traction and its off-road capabilities. It also has a built-in rear camera that will help you maneuver the crossover easier. The whoa factor? That would be the Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Smart City Brake Support, and most of all, the Traffic Sign Recognition feature.

Another one to highlight is the rear mirror that automatically dims and has adaptive front lighting that will increase your visibility in darker roads.


Overall, the 2018 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD is a luxury SUV that is perfect for long drives, prominent families, and daily use. Please note that I am not an expert when it comes to vehicles. This review is based on my experience and geared towards families who are possibly looking for tips and suggestion from another consumers perspective.

Our final verdict? Highly Recommended and definitely, Mom and Dad approved!

Price Starts at $32,130

What are your thoughts about the 2018 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD? Got Questions? Let me know using the comment box!


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  • Mary Edwards

    I love that it not only seats 5, but that everyone has space and is comfortable. I love that the seats can move without cramping the other passengers

  • wendy

    Looks like a great car! We plan to visit the circus this summer -so much fun!

  • Gisele

    This car looks really nice and it is wonderful that it fits your family.

  • Kita Bryant

    Now this is a vehicle to travel in. I would love some time in one of these bad boys!

  • Amber Myers

    This looks like a fabulous vehicle. We’ll need a new one down the line. I like how spacious this one is.

  • Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh

    I’m finding that since my kids are older, one is out of the house, and the other is almost 13, that I’m ready to downsize. I have an SUV, but I’ve been driving my oldest daughter smaller car around, and I really love it.

  • Melissa Chapman

    That car looks great and the features are amazing. It has so much room for a family and was that the Rocky museum it looks so cool with that car in front.

  • Natalie

    Now that is a great family car! It definitely has a very luxurious yet classy feel to it.

  • Karen Morse

    I love it, it’s spacious and it’s safe for families. It looks really cool as well. I love that you mentioned about comfort because my husband and I drive around all the time. This is definitely something that we see ourselves getting.

  • Pam

    My daughter’s first car was a Mazda 626. I have always been a fan of Mazda since then, because it was a great car.

  • Chubskulit Rose

    Your family is so adorable and love that you always do family time together. Mazda seems like a great car.

  • Marysa

    What a stylish ride! Plus it has lots of room for families – definitely something I would be looking for in a car. I’m guessing the interior is gorgeous too!

  • Terri Steffes

    That’s a gorgeous car! I love the Mazda line. I love the design, it’s sleek and cool.

  • ANosa Malanga

    Wow, this Mazda car is such a great companion especially on doing some road tripping. Very comfortable, simple and yet looks very elegant. Never tried riding with this model and I would love to experience.

  • Carol Cassara

    When you have a new baby, you want to make sure that your car has all the features you need so that your baby is comfy and safe! Love that Mazda CX9 has all that for your family! You guys are adorable!

  • Brit Strawbridge

    This looks like such a great vehicle!! We have been looking at different cars lately and this one is definitely one to consider!

  • Shanab

    Im all about aesthetics and the Mazda cx-9 looks super sleek I love it. I hope you guys go for it – definitely suits you.

  • Cassie

    This sounds like a great cars very spacious and great to drive

  • Cris

    This looks like the perfect vehicle to travel! It looks so comfy!

  • Stephanie Jeannot

    That baby of yours is getting so big. Yeah an upgrade to a good family car might benefit you. Happy car shopping. The Mazda seems amazing.

  • Rachel

    Looks like a pretty nice car to me! Love the shape and style of it.

  • Athena

    Awesome review! I am not too savvy on cars so it is nice to have such a great breakdown.

  • kiwi

    I went to the Big Apple Circus in Atlanta a few months and it was so cute! I also love the Mazda CX 9 its a smooth ride.


    It sounds lie a great family car. We like cars with good trunk space and it influences our choice of cars.

  • Alli Smith

    I’m all about the trunk space and I’m impressed with how much space this Mazda has! Plus, it’s sleek and so pretty. Looks like a winner to me!

  • candy

    We have never owned a mazda car before. Looks like there is plenty of room for a growing family and friends. Great features and comfort included.

  • Becky Jarratt

    I do love a good sized boot in a car. This one sounds perfect.

  • stephanie

    You guys are such a beautiful little family. Seems like an awesome way to enjoy the views as a family.

  • Mama to 6 Blessings

    Sounds and looks like a great ride! I love how spacious it is and perfect for family travel for everyone to fit comfortably!

  • Ally

    Mazda is absolutely on my list of cars I hope to have someday! The last time I looked at cars I actually looked at mazda but ended up going with a Ford, I’ll have to give Mazda another shot next time.

  • Heather

    I have never owned a Mazda but have heard so many great things about them. I need to go and test drive one soon!

  • Anosa malanga

    One of the most important thing to consider for a a car is its comfortability. I guess this Mazda complied to it that is why many like this too since its perfect for road tripping.

  • Melissa Chapman

    The space is always nice in a car and this one has some great fetures to go with it. I had a Mazda so I have to go back.

  • Patricia-Ann Que

    what a great ride! love that it has a huge trunk space, much needed for all my shopping!

  • Heidi

    What a beautiful car! As a mother of three, I’m still a big fan of the minivan. The kids all fit (with room for friends), and no one is touching anyone else. That becomes very important as you add more kids!

  • Kristen K

    I absolutely adore my Mazda CX-9! It’s be a great transition car for me as a mom of adult kids moving back to a car from a mini van. There is tons of leg room in the rear seat, and if we need too we can put up the third row to carry even more passengers. However most of the time I keep my third row down and have TONS of storage space.

  • April A Decheine

    Sounds like a great car! We live in Key West so the first thing we did was get rid of our car, but if we ever needed one, Mazda is a great brand.

  • Ami

    Looks like a great car with some pretty awesome features!

  • Jodi

    I love Mazda, it was one of the first cars I ever owned. We definitely need the extra seating, so those two extra seats would come in handy.

  • Ginger Sorensen

    We have been thinking about getting a newer car and haven’t really wanted to upgrade to a minivan. This might be a great contender. Thanks for the review, it is well written!

  • Tamara

    Looks like such a wonderful car. We’re in the market within the next year or so for a good family car.

  • Marcie W.

    What a gorgeous ride! We are currently in the market for a crossover SUV and the new Mazda CX-9 is definitely a contender.

  • Yeah Lifestyle

    The Mazda CX-9 is such a sleek looking car, its looks smaller as can’t believe how large the truck actually is.

  • Tasheena

    Thanks for sharing your review of this Mazda CX-9. Love the color and would love to possibly test drive one in the near future. Looks like a wonderful fit for our family.

  • Pam

    That looks like a perfect family car. I have always been impressed with how well-built Mazdas generally are.

  • Tara

    Mazda is definitely a good, trustworthy brand. Back in 2013 I bought my Sonata, it has more trunk space than our Jeep Patriot had, and is way more comfortable to travel in, although my hubby gets sore and needs more back support. If I don’t buy another Hyundai, I’d definitely consider a Mazda.

  • LavandaMichelle

    What a cool car! I love the design, especially in that color. Awesome review. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Terri Steffes

    That’s a great ride! I don’t think seating 5 is too shabby. Mazda has really put some thought into the design.

  • Momina Arif

    This looks like a really amazing car. I don’t know much about cars but I think it’s a good investment

  • Mellissa Williams

    It looks spacious and a great family car.. I like that its not too big though so its easy to get into a parking space

  • Stephanie Pass

    We had one of these for a road trip and just loved it! Lots of room! Is that a Baby Tula I see you wearing? Love mine for my baby!

  • akamatra

    As a mom the most important thing in a car other than safety is space! This looks like a great car in every aspet!

  • Chubskulit Rose

    Hubby is getting a little antsy about trading our CRV but I am stalling him as I love it. Mazda looks like a luxury car.

  • Wander With Ola

    Wow, this is such a cool ride! I love the classy look and the “roomy” space!

  • Evelyn, PathofPresence

    What a good looking vehicle! It is important to travel in style with ample room for baby stuff and comfort! Love this!

  • Kusum

    Love the pic of you and your baby in the trunk, so adorable! A good car when traveling with kids is really important.

  • Vyjay Rao

    The Mazda-CX-9 looks really impressive. I love the styling and its contours. It looks spacious too and ideal for a family road trip. The size of the boot is ideal for carrying stuff on road trips.

  • Catalina

    That seems to be a great car. I never considered Mazda as an option, but you post changed my mind. This crossover seems to be exactly what my family needs.

  • Suzanne

    What a great SUV! Mazda is a good car brand, glad you enjoyed the experience!

  • Stacey

    This car looks Nice! Nice family size!

  • Ricci

    Now that is a good looking car! I need to check that out the next time I am in the market for a new car!!

  • Crystal

    The Mazda CX-9 looks like such a stylish vehicle. I love that having a family doesn’t mean you have to drive a family-looking vehicle.

  • betzy cuellar

    In my opinion, Mazda is a high quality brand. I am absolutely in awe with their CX-5 and think is ideal for a small family.

  • hey sharonoox

    I’ve never owned a Mazda before but this sounds like a great family car. I’m all about comfy leg rooms and spacious trunk.

  • Jess Howliston

    WOW what a stunning car! We have been recently looking for a bigger car as we have to children and our small ford just hasn’t got enough space. This sounds perfect for a family car and I love how much space it has and the ability to add 2 extra seats.

  • Jenn

    Oh we need to check this one out! Looks like a great car.

  • Christiana Acha

    What lovely looking car! I love the look of the car, this would be a perfect family car for any family.

  • Kristi

    My husband needs a new vehicle soon and needs to have it be either all wheel or 4wheel drive. Will have him try this out for sure.

  • Ruth I.

    The Mazda CX-9 looks really cool! I honestly would love to have a car like this, comfortable for long drives and spacious!

  • Connie

    My husband and I have been looking to upgrade our vehicle for a while. This is definitely at the top of our list right now.

  • Dana Brillante-Peller

    Love the new 2018 Mazdas. This one looks super comfortable for growing families, even for us with our two boys.

  • Bethany

    The car looks like the perfect car to suit all occasions and people, a family car, teen car, great for a trip out or a trip to school.

  • Joanna

    I am on the market for a new car as well. Whilst I love driving my boyfriend’s sports car, I do need one of my own, and I do have my eyes on a Ford Focus. I didn’t considered Mazda before, this model is very pretty.