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2020 Mazda CX-9

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$33,890 — $46,215 MSRP
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6-7 Seats
23-24 MPG
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(5.0) 5 reviews

The Good

  • Excellent handling
  • Responsive drivetrain
  • Luxury-grade interior (Signature trim)
  • First- and second-row comfort
  • Information-packed head-up display available
  • Adaptive cruise control works to a stop

The Bad

  • Ride quality on rough roads (20-inch wheels)
  • Numb steering feel
  • Third-row space, visibility
  • Small cargo area
  • Standard multimedia system usability
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto not standard
2020 Mazda CX-9 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2020 Mazda CX-9
  • Newly standard active safety features
  • Heated front seats now standard
  • Seats up to seven in three rows
  • Turbo four-cylinder engine
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Second-row captain's chairs available

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2020 Mazda CX-9 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2020 Mazda CX-9?

The Mazda CX-9 is an SUV with room for up to seven people in three rows. Its powered by a 227-horsepower, turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that pairs with a six-speed automatic transmission. Front- and all-wheel-drive models are available. Competitors include the Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander.

What’s New on the 2020 Mazda CX-9?

New standard active safety features include adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and lane-keeping assist. Other new standard features include heated front cloth seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, rain-sensing windshield wipers, heated side mirrors and automatic headlights with high-beam control.

New available features include second-row captain’s chairs, a hands-free power liftgate and a 9-inch multimedia screen. The SUV’s turbocharged four-cylinder engine is now rated at 320 pounds-feet of torque — 10 pounds-feet more than before — when running on 93-octane gasoline. A new off-road traction assist feature for all-wheel-drive versions uses the brakes to slow slipping wheels and send power to the wheels that have grip.

What Features in the 2020 Mazda CX-9 Are Most Important?

Standard features include three-zone automatic air conditioning, cruise control, a 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system, and LED headlights and taillights. The Touring trim level adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, along with leather-trimmed seats, a power liftgate and a 9-inch multimedia screen. Available features include a power moonroof, Bose premium stereo, a 360-degree camera system, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and front and rear parking sensors.

Should I Buy the 2020 Mazda CX-9?

In keeping with Mazda’s image of fun-to-drive performance, the CX-9’s driving experience is considerably more engaging than the three-row SUV norm. Handling is excellent, and the turbo four-cylinder engine is strong. The interior is also classy. Downsides include a base multimedia system that can be hard to use, and less cabin space than its main competitors, particularly in the third row.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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Exterior Styling
(4.8)
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(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
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Value For The Money
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(5.0)

Class..luxury..comfort...reliability

by BossMom from Mentor, Oh on March 8, 2020

I traded in my 2011 mazda 3 for a Brand New 2020 Mazda cx9...im In love! I got the touring w captain seats in the 2nd row which makes it so much more spacious! Its got it all from comfort,luxury, n ... Read full review

(5.0)

New Car For Me

by James D from Round Rock on February 7, 2020

I purchased the Mazda after test driving three other similar vehicles. I found the styling, handling, and interior to be a better suit for me. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2020 Mazda CX-9 currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2020 Mazda CX-9 has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Mazda

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The CX-9 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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