Crossover & Midsize

The 2021 Mazda CX-9 Only Has 1 Frustrating Dealbreaker

The 2021 Mazda CX-9 seems to be getting ignored, and we want to know why. Other models, like the Mazda CX-30 and CX-5. But heck, the CX-9 is a three-row option, allowing larger families to enjoy all that Mazda fun. So, what’s the holdup? 

Is the 2021 Mazda CX-9 a good SUV? 

Yes, the 2021 Mazda CX-9 is a near-luxury option with three-rows. The CX-( can seat up to seven passengers and can be equipped with optional captain’s chairs. It includes everything fans love about smaller options but in a larger package. 

However, the CX-9 has an MSRP of about $34,160. This price is before the destination fee, and dealership markup has been added. So, the CX-9 might be a little expensive for families. The Hyundai Palisade is one of its most popular rivals, and it begins around $32,525, helping parents who need more space save a little. 

2021 Mazda CX-9 on a road through the woods
2021 Mazda CX-9 | Mazda

According to Car and Driver, people are attracted to Mazdas for their performance, and the CX-9 delivers. It has a 2.5-liter turbo four-cylinder engine that pumps out 277 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 7.1 seconds. 

It has a firm suspension that still provides a smooth ride with responsive steering and corning control. It’s very sporty and comfortable. Smaller models may have a little more stamina, but it provides athleticism that other crossovers are missing. 

How capable is the Mazda CX-9? 

The 2021 Mazda CX-9 does lack a little muscle. When properly equipped, it can only tow up to 3,500 lb while the Palisade can tow up to 5,000 lb. So, that’s something to consider if you have a trailer to haul. 

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If you live in an area that gets snow, consider equipping your CX-9 with all-wheel drive. The i-Activ system provides excellent handling and stability in slippery conditions and can be added for about $1,900. Also, the 2021 CX-9 is pretty food on fuel. 

It gets an EPA estimated 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Adding AWD makes it a little heavier and drops the figures by two mpg. The Hyundai Palisade gets an EPA estimated 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. 

Is the Mazda CX-9 good for families? 

The 2021 Mazda CX-9 is a good option for families to consider if they have younger children. The thing that holds this SUV back is its lack of space. The CX-9 only offers 14.4 cubic feet behind the rear seat and 71.2 cubic feet total. 

According to Edmunds, rivals offer more space, and the third-row seats are very small. They also aren’t as comfortable as rivals. But the interior is upscale, and the ride is quiet. Plus, the door pockets and cup holders help provide extra storage. 

Second-row seat of the 2021 Mazda CX-9 with quilted leather.
2021 Mazda CX-9 with captain’s chairs | Mazda

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto don’t come standard, according to Edmunds. But they are available on higher trim models. But there are plenty of USB ports to charge devices, and the 10.3-inch infotainment center is sleek. 

One huge family benefit includes safety. The 2021 CX-9 is a Top Safety Pick+. It also includes standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assistance, and adaptive cruise control.