As the Mazda CX-9 returns with minimal changes for 2023, its cost of admission will climb substantially for all but one model as the family hauler loses its base Sport trim, leaving the Touring as the most affordable option. The three-row SUV is the latest to be hit by the automaker’s string of price increases following the compact CX-5 and the new CX-50.
With the Sport discontinued, the Touring is the new base model and has a starting price of $40,025 (up $3,120 over the outgoing Sport). It now comes with standard second-row captain’s chairs to accommodate six occupants. Previously, a power moonroof, LED foglights and a wireless phone charger were among the available features in the Touring Premium Package, but they now come standard on the Touring. Starting at $42,775, the Touring Plus is the only model that sees a lower price for 2023 — it now costs $510 less than the outgoing model.
The CX-9’s sole powertrain carries over unchanged: All trims are powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual and sport modes. The SUV makes 227 horsepower and 310 pounds-feet of torque with regular fuel, and premium boosts maximum power and torque to 250 hp and 320 pounds-feet. Mazda’s i-Activ all-wheel-drive system is again standard on all trims.
Tech and Safety
A 10.25-inch center display is standard across the lineup and comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity; the system uses a control knob in place of traditional touchscreen functionality. Standard safety and driver-assist features include adaptive cruise control with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with lane-keeping assist, and blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert.