As a three-row SUV, the 2021 Mazda CX-9 offers a lot. Not only does it have a sizable cabin, but it also has all of the fancy technology that modern consumers are looking for. The CX-9 feels athletic and sporty, thanks to its turbocharged engine. For a number of reasons, this model should be one to consider if anyone wants to drive a stylish, well-equipped SUV.
Is There Anything New for 2021?
The infotainment system on the CX-9 has gotten a nice update. Now, it comes with a 10.25-inch display, and many trims have wireless charging as a standard component.
The higher models have been spruced up in a few other ways. There's an available Carbon Edition package that can make the Touring feel more bold with special accents and stylistic upgrades. There are paddle shifters that the drivers can use in the Grand Touring and Signature trims to make things a little more exciting. Plus, the Signature is now able to stand out even more because of its updated exterior features, more sophisticated leather seats, and enhanced safety package.
Engine and Performance
Under the hood of a CX-9, there's a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine. This engine can deliver up to 250 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque. This is a lot of power, and it allows the SUV to feel quite spirited.
Front-wheel drive is the standard drivetrain, but there's the option to get all-wheel drive. Mazda's all-wheel-drive system is always working, taking into account all kinds of information and figuring out when to shift power delivery. The system comes with Off-Road Traction Assist to improve handling when the road is especially rough. While the Mazda CX-9 certainly looks more elegant than it does rugged, it can handle itself well in a variety of situations.
Mazda has paired the CX-9's engine with a six-speed automatic transmission. This transmission has a manual shift mode, giving drivers some more control when they're behind the wheel. Some of the CX-9s come with paddle shifters that are a lot of fun to use.
There are five trims of the CX-9 if the Carbon Edition is included in this list. Since the Carbon Edition is pretty distinct, it makes sense to do so.
The base model is the Sport. It's fully equipped from a technology standpoint, making it attractive to anyone on a tighter budget. The Sport comes with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a 4.6-liter display that shows key vehicle information, and numerous driver-assist systems.
One step up from the Sport is the Touring. It offers the option of getting captain's chairs in the middle row, and for convenience, it has a power liftgate. Instead of cloth seats, it has leather seats, and like the Sport, it has heated front seats.
The Carbon Edition has a unique look. Its front grille has a gloss black finish, and this complements its polymetal gray metallic exterior paint. Yes, it's only offered in one color, so those interested in this trim should make sure they like darker colors. Black is found on the wheels and inside the cabin in places like the door panel and instrument panel. Interestingly, the seats are trimmed in a deep red leather.
With the Grand Touring, things are really upscale. There's a full set of LED exterior lights, from the fog lights to the taillights. Chrome accents and 20-inch wheels help the SUV look distinguished. The Grand Touring can either be set up with six or seven total seats. The front seats are heated and ventilated, and even the second-row seats are heated. Navigation becomes standard on this trim.
If the Grand Touring seems impressive, the Signature is even more so. It's only offered as an all-wheel-drive model, and it comes exclusively with captain's chairs in its middle row. Some of the refined enhancements are Nappa leather seats with quilting and piping on them, a Santos Rosewood interior trim, and a frameless rearview mirror.
All of the CX-9 trims come with an array of advanced technology that has been put in place to keep people safe. Blind spot monitoring is standard; this is notable because this particular feature isn't always found on the base trims of the CX-9's competitors. In addition, the Mazda has adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, and frontal collision warning with automatic emergency braking. This monitoring and braking system can detect the presence of not only other vehicles in the Mazda's path, but also pedestrians. The higher trims have a 360-degree camera to provide a greater perspective of what's around the vehicle, and they have reverse automatic braking.
The CX-9 has a sleek body, with smooth curves and an aerodynamic feel. LED headlights, daytinme running lights, and taillights are standard, and some of the trims are enhanced with LED fog lights. Those same trims also have adaptive front lights. These types of headlights can adjust their angles depending on what direction the CX-9 is heading in. This can better illuminate roads in which visibility is poor.
All trims have privacy glass in the back, a roof spoiler, and dual exhaust outlets that add to the sportiness of the vehicle. The side mirrors are a perfect example of how Mazda has put a lot of thought into the CX-9. They are heated, they have LED turn signals built into them, and they can automatically fold themselves in.
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
Total Dealer Cost - Rebate and Incentive + Taxes / Licensing Fees = True Dealer Cost. (You can get rebates and incentives here.)
Note: All Mazda CX-9 MSRP, invoice and dealer cost dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.
A note about rebates: Most rebates are subtracted from the "on the road" figure. In most cases, you can have the rebate if you are arranging your own financing or you are paying cash. If you decide to use the manufacturer’s low interest financing, you do not usually get the rebate. Ask your dealer for details.