Is there anything interesting about its design?
The CX-9 looks stunning... okay, sure, its headlights and tail-lights seem disproportionately small, but look at that long bonnet, big grille, the bumper with its ‘aerodynamic’ folds, the paper-crease sharp lines running down the sides – this prestige-looking work of art is a five-metre long middle finger to Benz and BMW SUV drivers.
Actually, it’s longer than that: 5075mm end to end, 1969mm across and 1747mm tall. Is your garage/carport/parking space/loungeroom big enough to deal the CX-9’s dimensions? Get the tape measure out. It's longer than a Toyota LandCruiser Prado.
The Toyota Kluger is closer in size to the CX-9 at 4865mm long, 1925mm wide and 1730 tall, while the Sorento is in between them at 4780mm in length, 1890mm wide and 1690mm high.
How do you tell the difference between the CX-9 grades visually? It’s trickier than telling magpies apart (there are nine sub-species of Australian magpies if you were wondering).
The base spec doesn’t have fog lights or a chrome grille (the rest do) and when you step up to the top two grades the front lip and the base of the doors are trimmed with a chrome strip too, and they also both have a sun roof. The top grade is also the only one to come with LED DRLs.
The only exterior change the August 2017 update brought was a new colour - Soul Red Crystal Metallic, which is a $300 option. There’s six others to choose from: Machine Grey Metallic (also $300), Snowflake White Pearl Mica, Sonic Silver Metallic, Jet Black Mica, Deep Crystal Blue Mica, Titanium Flash Mica.
The CX-9’s cabin has an excellent fit and finish, with a premium feel even on the entry level Sport with its cloth seats and chrome trim around the air vents. As you step up through the ranks the leather upholstery makes the cockpit even more prestige feeling. Black leather is standard with the light-coloured Natural Stone leather as option - although if you have kids I’d steer of it as marks are hard to clean off it. I may have found that out the hard way.