The 2021 Mazda CX-9 coming
It is blessed with good road manners, but takes a penalty in third-row space. It has refined practicality.
The 2021 Mazda CX-9 is a three-row, seven-seat SUV that is one of the most stylish of its kind. It is a rival for cars like the Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander, even the Volvo XC90.
What is new for the 2021 Mazda CX-9?
Mazda has added a Carbon edition with 20-inch wheels and gloss-black trim, and it has made a 10.3-inch infotainment display standard on all versions.
A few years into its current model cycle, we are still smitten with the CX-9’s looks. It is pretty from nearly every angle, with a slim front end, a reasonably-sized and shaped grille (ahem) and sleek curves that belie its actual size. The cabin’s neatly split by a metallic band of trim that gives it a roomy look—and in Signature versions it is trimmed out with lovely luxury-grade wood and leather.
Mazda taps a 2.5-liter turbo-4 for power. The CX-9 sends its 227 horsepower to either the front or all four wheels through a 6-speed automatic, which is fewer gears than you will find in a teensy Jeep Renegade. With some turbo lag off the line and middling power for such a large vehicle, the CX-9 could swap in a transmission with more gears for a noticeable performance boost. While it is average in acceleration, it is well above that in ride and handling; the CX-9 damps the road like a sprinkler in summer, and cuts into corners like its next re-election counts on it, even on the smaller 18-inch wheels that come with base and Touring models.
The CX-9 has a lovely interior, but it is better viewed as a spacious five-seater than as a seven-passenger piece. Front passengers have well-shaped buckets, while even second-row riders get easy access to their bench seats. Row three is tough to reach and lacks head and leg room even for small passengers. It is better at cargo, with about 38 cubic feet of space behind the second-row seats.
Crash-test scores have been good, and every 2021 CX-9 has automatic emergency braking. Power features and a 10.3-inch display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also included, but we dislike Mazda’s rotary-knob input for infotainment, which takes too many spins and clicks to register inputs. No touch inputs are allowed on its screen, either; time for a reboot.
How much does the 2021 Mazda CX-9 cost?
You can start placing your orders today with Mazda Motor Industries on (0242) 620811-8