2020 Mazda CX-9

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2020 Mazda CX-9
2020 Mazda CX-9

Key specs

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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

4 trims

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Notable features

  • 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

2020 Mazda CX-9 review: Our expert's take

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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 4.8
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 4.9

Most recent consumer reviews


Has more problems than others new cars in have own

This car is real nice exterior and interior but of all the cars I have owned this car has had more problems than others. I have owned the car for 6 months and my car has been in every 3 months. Problems repaired but why would I think a new car would have so many issues.


Great car, great features, great price!

This car drives, looks and feels like the luxury European models without the price tag. Mazda is a great brand. I will continue to buy.


Love this vehicle inside and out

Car is perfect size for me, transport grandchildren and they all love it. Has plenty of room and I like the captain chairs in the second row.

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New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles

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