Most significant changes: New mid-level Carbon Edition trim; 10.25-inch infotainment screen standard on all models; higher trims get additional safety tech
Price change: $70 increase for CX-9 Sport; $40 increase for CX-9 Touring; $390 increase for CX-9 Grand Touring and Signature
On sale: Late August
Which should you buy, 2020 or 2021? It depends. The 2021 CX-9 offers additional model diversity and safety features for a modest price increase, but it wasn’t immediately clear if the multimedia system lost the outgoing CX-9’s touchscreen functionality.
Mazda is updating its CX-9 flagship three-row SUV for the 2021 model year, adding a standard 10.25-inch dashboard display to all models, additional safety tech to higher trims and creating a new Carbon Edition that lets buyers purchase what Mazda considers a more visually exciting CX-9.