Cruising in the Mazda CX-9
It’s easy to overlook the CX-9 for newcomers like the Kia Telluride or older favorites like the Toyota Highlander. Even so, the CX-9 is worth your attention. This SUV offers basically everything you would want in an SUV, plus a few extras.
The CX-9 has one engine choice, and that’s a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 227-hp with regular fuel. While it’s technically not the most forceful option in its class, it delivers effortless power, as Consumer Reports highlighted. CR found that for a vehicle its size, the CX-9 is quick and has a lightweight feel.
Additionally, CR recognizes the CX-9 for its standard six-speed automatic transmission. The CX-9’s transmission contributes to its easygoing manner. Furthermore, the CX-9’s smooth and comfortable ride quality makes it feel like a real luxury car. In CR’s road test, the CX-9 dashed from 0 to 60 mph in 7.9 seconds, which is quite impressive.
To unlock more of the CX-9’s power, you can fill it up with premium fuel for a horsepower rating of 250. But as CR noted, you wouldn’t notice the difference. That said, it’s better to stick with regular gas to save money. CR’s overall mileage for the CX-9 was a combined 22 mpg, an average rating for the midsize SUV class.
On top of its exceptional performance, you’ll be pleased to know that quietness is a highlight of the CX-9 too. CR described the CX-9 as a hushed ride and gave it a four out of five for its tranquil car cabin. The only real flaw the CX-9 has in this department is that its turbo-four can sound a little hoarse at higher speeds.
In addition to its remarkably quiet cabin, the CX-9 offers plenty of luxurious amenities. The entry-level Sport model is handsome and starts at $33,890. The Sport model is standard with cloth upholstery and seating for seven. If you opt for the captain’s chairs on the upper trims, seating drops to six.
The Touring and Grand Touring models come with leather-trimmed seats. But for the grandest CX-9 experience, you’ll want to consider the top-level Signature trim. The Signature trim adds brown Nappa leather and authentic wood finishings.
What about tech?
Tech lovers will also find happiness in the CX-9. Standard features on the 2020 version include a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, Pandora connection, and voice recognition. However, the 2021 CX-9 is more appealing because features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, are standard, whereas you have to upgrade for these items on the 2020 version.
Regarding advanced safety, the 2020 CX-9 is more impressive. It comes with Mazda’s i-Activsense safety suite, which has helpful features such as blind-spot monitoring and automatic emergency braking.