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    New Member & New CX-9

    Hi everybody! Just joining the forum since we just bought a "new" 2018 CX-9 GT with AWD. Snagged one that had 11,000 miles on it from a local dealer who had been using it as their loaner vehicle for the past year. We are a 1-vehicle family with 3 kids and the Tacoma was getting too cramped for them in the back. We actually had a 2013 CX-9 before the Tacoma, but we needed the bed to haul odd items (before we moved). Now that we don't have to haul anything for the forseeable future, we wanted to go back to a fun people-hauler.


    We did get a chance to drive a few vehicles. Not a fan of the Highlander at all. We did drive the brand new Hyundai Palasade which is using a Genesis 6-cylinder engine that we really liked. It was a bit bigger, and with better viability, than the CX-9 and comes with some neat new tech (if you get the top tier trim). But best of all, it came with an amazing factory warranty. We were strongly considering it except that they were not budging from MSRP because they had people lined up on a waiting list for them. My only hesitation was with the 4WD system. It is a FWD vehicle that has to be changed to 4WD by locking the center diff manually. Not something I want my wife worrying about now that we moved to the mid-west.

    The CX-9 is a smoother ride than the Palasade and it handles a little better since it's smaller. But while looking at 2019 CX-9's, we came across the 2018 for almost $15k less than a new Limited Palasade...it was a no-brainer. Honestly, I'm surprised how effortless it is to drive the CX-9 (especially compared to the truck).

    And I must say that the heads-up-display is just frigging fun!

    Today the Android Auto/Carplay upgrade is getting installed and all-weather floor mats are on order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gitter View Post
    Hi everybody! Just joining the forum since we just bought a "new" 2018 CX-9 GT with AWD. Snagged one that had 11,000 miles on it from a local dealer who had been using it as their loaner vehicle for the past year. We are a 1-vehicle family with 3 kids and the Tacoma was getting too cramped for them in the back. We actually had a 2013 CX-9 before the Tacoma, but we needed the bed to haul odd items (before we moved). Now that we don't have to haul anything for the forseeable future, we wanted to go back to a fun people-hauler.


    We did get a chance to drive a few vehicles. Not a fan of the Highlander at all. We did drive the brand new Hyundai Palasade which is using a Genesis 6-cylinder engine that we really liked. It was a bit bigger, and with better viability, than the CX-9 and comes with some neat new tech (if you get the top tier trim). But best of all, it came with an amazing factory warranty. We were strongly considering it except that they were not budging from MSRP because they had people lined up on a waiting list for them. My only hesitation was with the 4WD system. It is a FWD vehicle that has to be changed to 4WD by locking the center diff manually. Not something I want my wife worrying about now that we moved to the mid-west.

    The CX-9 is a smoother ride than the Palasade and it handles a little better since it's smaller. But while looking at 2019 CX-9's, we came across the 2018 for almost $15k less than a new Limited Palasade...it was a no-brainer. Honestly, I'm surprised how effortless it is to drive the CX-9 (especially compared to the truck).

    And I must say that the heads-up-display is just frigging fun!

    Today the Android Auto/Carplay upgrade is getting installed and all-weather floor mats are on order.

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    Congrats on the (new) ride and welcome to the forum. I know you'll enjoy the newer CX-9 than your previous due to the newer features & upgrades!

    Unfortunately for new models like the Telluride & Pallisade they're popular and buyers are lining up that's why dealers won't budge on any discounting but eventually the "hype" will subside and later on deals will be offered - that's just how it goes with supply & demand.

    Personally I never really looked at the Korean brands though they've come a long ways on styling, value and reliability I still trust more the Japanese brands esp Mazdas (those models built in Japan)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tekz View Post
    Congrats on the (new) ride and welcome to the forum. I know you'll enjoy the newer CX-9 than your previous due to the newer features & upgrades!

    Unfortunately for new models like the Telluride & Pallisade they're popular and buyers are lining up that's why dealers won't budge on any discounting but eventually the "hype" will subside and later on deals will be offered - that's just how it goes with supply & demand.

    Personally I never really looked at the Korean brands though they've come a long ways on styling, value and reliability I still trust more the Japanese brands esp Mazdas (those models built in Japan)
    Thanks!

    There's no denying that supply vs demand is something that dealers love to capitalize on when they can. But you're right, they likely won't hold as good of a value like Mazda's will. Although I got a nice/lightly used CX-9, I wasn't able talk them down like I had hoped. It was because there were a handful of other 2018 CX-9 GT's with AWD that were listed at a similar price point. Even KBB said the price I was getting was still towards the bottom of the green zone (meaning it was a good value).

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    Now that Android Auto/Carplay has been installed, they updated the software to:

    OS Ver 70.00.335 NA N

    Music Database Ver 00.09.00

    They said it's the newest version, so I figured I would share what the newest version are (as of today).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gitter View Post
    Now that Android Auto/Carplay has been installed, they updated the software to:

    OS Ver 70.00.335 NA N

    Music Database Ver 00.09.00

    They said it's the newest version, so I figured I would share what the newest version are (as of today).
    Thanks, and congrats on the new car. Looks like you have the front bumper garnish installed, do you also have the garnish on the rear?

    When I bought my 2018, the Palisade and Telluride were only rumours. I have to say, based on the pics of the Korean offerings, I'm pretty impressed with the interiors and the tech available, but I know that I would have had a hard time cross-shopping them with the CX-9. The exterior looks and the way the CX-9 drives would have ended up being more important to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sm1ke View Post
    Thanks, and congrats on the new car. Looks like you have the front bumper garnish installed, do you also have the garnish on the rear?

    When I bought my 2018, the Palisade and Telluride were only rumours. I have to say, based on the pics of the Korean offerings, I'm pretty impressed with the interiors and the tech available, but I know that I would have had a hard time cross-shopping them with the CX-9. The exterior looks and the way the CX-9 drives would have ended up being more important to me.
    I was the same way...how it drives and how it looks were both important to me. For my wife, how it drives was most important and Mazda still has everyone else beat in this category.

    Looking at the window sticker, it did have front and rear bumper trim add-ons. I can snap a pic of the rear once the rain stops.

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    Here's a pic of the rear bumper trim. I also added the OEM roof rack which was surprisingly slow to add due to the super tight angle.

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    I also added the really nice all-weather mats by 3D (the SPIDERmax) for all 3 rows. They are much nicer than the Weather Tech mats I have used in other vehicles because the design doesn't seem as utilitarian. Plus, they are not slippery and squeaky like the Weather Tech's can get when wet.

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    Finally, I also added the OEM "rear cargo tray" (all-weather mat for the trunk area). I went with OEM because we frequently keep one seat up and one down in the 3rd row. It gives my youngest extra room (instead of sitting in the middle seat in the 2nd row), but still gives us cargo enough cargo room too.

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    This is the first time I see the rear bumper trim installed. It looks good. I also went with the OEM rear cargo tray for the flexibility of use. I find that I end up having the rear seat up more often than I expected (sometime just to prevent small grocery from rolling around the back). Welcome to the forum !

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    Funny my dealer driven 2018 CX-9 GT AWD ( had 5500 miles and was sold as new) did also come with the front and rear plastic chrome garnishes. I really think it sets the look off in a great way. It's mostly the wife's vehicle but I like to drive it as well because it's such a nice vehicle to be in. Had it 10 months now and 11k miles with 3 long ( 1350 mile) highway trips and the thing is very solid feeling when doing battle with the double and triple semi's that are clogging the interstate's these days. the CX-5 just felt a bit too small but still an awesome SUV.

    You'll enjoy it but washing it is a chore. It just seems huge when doing that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by youri View Post
    This is the first time I see the rear bumper trim installed. It looks good. I also went with the OEM rear cargo tray for the flexibility of use. I find that I end up having the rear seat up more often than I expected (sometime just to prevent small grocery from rolling around the back). Welcome to the forum !
    Thanks! It's funny, now that you guys have asked about the bumper trim, I have been looking at the other newer CX-9's and have yet to see another with it. I like that it adds a little more to the look without being too flashy (especially in the rear).

    Quote Originally Posted by Montanaman View Post
    Funny my dealer driven 2018 CX-9 GT AWD ( had 5500 miles and was sold as new) did also come with the front and rear plastic chrome garnishes. I really think it sets the look off in a great way. It's mostly the wife's vehicle but I like to drive it as well because it's such a nice vehicle to be in. Had it 10 months now and 11k miles with 3 long ( 1350 mile) highway trips and the thing is very solid feeling when doing battle with the double and triple semi's that are clogging the interstate's these days. the CX-5 just felt a bit too small but still an awesome SUV.

    You'll enjoy it but washing it is a chore. It just seems huge when doing that.
    Ha, sounds like we are in a similar boat. It's primarily my wife's vehicle, but I certainly love driving it more than than the previous CX-9 or the Tacoma that was traded in. When hauling the kids around, it is now the primary family hauler. This Christmas, we will get in the first road trip. I am a little worried about space for luggage, so I might also get a cargo box to go on the roof rack...but I'm still researching this. Between my wife, 3 kids, and 2 mini dachshunds, it's going to be tight if we also keep the luggage inside the vehicle. Did you (or any else reading this thread) feel that you had enough room for luggage during your road trips?

    As for cleaning it, I feel it should be easier to clean (than the Tacoma) since it's smaller and without a bed which accumulated plenty sand, dirt, and leaves. lol

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    We've taken ours on multiple road trips, including a couple WI-NJ drives, and a 3-day campout with all our gears. All our luggage fits, but we are only a family of 3. BUT, the third one is still a baby and my God her stuffs take more space than both of our stuffs lol. With your family and 2 dogs though, I think you'd need a cargo box. The kid who gets to seat in the middle of the 2nd row will not have a fun time, so you'd need at least one of the 3rd row seats up.

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    I am a little worried about space for luggage, so I might also get a cargo box to go on the roof rack...but I'm still researching this. Between my wife, 3 kids, and 2 mini dachshunds, it's going to be tight if we also keep the luggage inside the vehicle. Did you (or any else reading this thread) feel that you had enough room for luggage during your road trips?
    Took ours on a three day camping trip this past summer. With four people and all the camping gear definitely needed to get a cargo box. Since we don't camp a lot or do any skiing, just went with a basic cargo box, which is a SportRack SR7016. Worked perfectly with no problems.

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    I appreciate the responses. Looks like a cargo box will have to be my next investment. I was pretty sure it would be, but now I'm certain.


    Quote Originally Posted by arock712 View Post
    Took ours on a three day camping trip this past summer. With four people and all the camping gear definitely needed to get a cargo box. Since we don't camp a lot or do any skiing, just went with a basic cargo box, which is a SportRack SR7016. Worked perfectly with no problems.


    Awesome! Thanks for sharing. It looks better than I thought it would.

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    I have a similar looking Thule "Force" medium top box. Good product. Opens on both sides. Makes a bit or noise as speed and kills mileage by about 2-3 MPG though when loaded up. This is still one of the smoothest highway vehicles I have ever driven. Even with the 20" wheel package.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montanaman View Post
    I have a similar looking Thule "Force" medium top box. Good product. Opens on both sides. Makes a bit or noise as speed and kills mileage by about 2-3 MPG though when loaded up. This is still one of the smoothest highway vehicles I have ever driven. Even with the 20" wheel package.
    I agree that the CX-9 is one of the smoothest/easiest highway vehicle I have ever driven. Power delivery, transmission control, maneuverability/handling, etc. are all spot-on for how my wife and I tend to drive.

    It baffles me that so many companies are unable to design/tune their larger vehicles like Mazda has done with their CX-9. I was originally afraid that Mazda had messed up so that they could give in to better MPG ratings when they went to the 4-cylinder. Thankfully, they actually managed to make it better in almost every way (for everyday driving). I'd say the only way the 4-banger still falls short of the V6 is during the low-down turbo lag range and when you are fully loading down the vehicle to max towing capacity (which I doubt I will ever do).

    @Montanaman, I was looking at those different Thule boxes. How big is the medium size in comparison to the CX-9 (ie, does it overhang the windshield)? Do you guys feel it is big enough (or too big) for your family's needs?

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