The 2019 Mazda CX-9 crossover is the biggest vehicle in the Japanese automaker's lineup, and the only one to offer a third row of seating. It has only one powertrain option, but offers a wide variety of other content across various trim levels. Many folks are drawn to Mazdas for their elegant design, affordability and driving dynamics that are sharper than most, and the CX-9 has all of that to a certain degree even if it's the biggest, most family-oriented one. Still, the CX-9 may be big for a Mazda, but it's one of the smallest in its segment in terms of third-row space and cargo capacity, so it may not be for every family.
Each trim gets a little something new, too. Sport now offers an optional Sport Package, costing $1,290, with heated front seats, a power driver's seat, heated mirrors, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking. Moving up to the Touring trim, the only other change is a frameless rear-view mirror. The Grand Touring trim gets a new 7-inch info screen in the instrument panel, along with new power-folding side mirrors and a 360-degree camera system. The top-level Signature trim gets new badges, rosewood interior trim, and accent lighting in the grille and around the shifter.
Sony Mobile is rolling out a new firmware update for the Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact and XZ Premium that moves the build number from 47.2.A.10.28 to version 47.2.A.10.45. The new update adds the 1 April 2019 Android security patches. We have not noticed any other changes. If you have updated, please let us know your impressions below.
Just over a month ago, Sony Mobile commenced the Android 9 Pie rollout for the Xperia XA2, XA2 Plus and XA2 Ultra with build number 50.2.A.0.342. It was only out in one region (Russia), but was found to brick devices. Well now the Android Pie update has resumed with new build number 50.2.A.0.352. The update comes with the March 2019 Android security patch. If you have downloaded the new update please let us know your experiences in the comments below.
Sony Mobile quietly started to roll out Android Pie to the Xperia XA2 range of devices recently – all of the family were updated, including the Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra and XA2 Plus – moving the build number from 50.1.A.13.123 to 50.2.A.0.342. However, strangely the update only went live in one region (Russia), which is unusual as Sony normally updates a number of key regions at the beginning, before widening the release.
Sony Mobile is rolling out a new firmware update for its latest flagship devices including the Xperia XZ3, and Xperia XZ2 range (XZ2, XZ2 Compact and XZ2 Premium). The update adds the February 2019 Android security patches and moves the build number from 52.0.A.3.163 to version 52.0.A.3.202. There's no sign of any other changes, but if you've updated, please let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
The Toyota TRD Pro family is growing for 2020 with the addition of the family-hauling seven-seater Sequoia SUV. It joins a freshly updated trio of the 4Runner, the Tacoma, and the Tundra in Toyota's Mount Rushmore of off-roading commanders. The Tundra is also now available in Double Cab or CrewMax orientations.
No Toyota gets to wear the TRD Pro badge without several equipment upgrades, but the Sequoia has a solid base to build on with its body-on-frame chassis, good ground clearance, and V8 heart. Just like every other TRD Pro model, the Sequoia gains aluminum internal bypass Fox shocks. Up front, they're 2.5 inches and have seven compression zones to two rebound zones. The rear uses two-inch piggyback monotube Fox shocks. Further upgrades include a reduced front spring rate and 18-inch BBS forged aluminum wheels.
Sony Mobile is rolling out a new firmware update for the Xperia XZ Premium, XZ1 and XZ1 Compact that adds the January 2019 Android security patches. The update moves the build number from 47.2.A.4.45 to version 47.2.A.6.30. Some people were experiencing a loudspeaker issue on previous Android Pie builds, which Sony promised would be fixed in an upcoming update. Hopefully, this has now been sorted with this firmware release. Please let us know your impressions in the comments below.