2021 Mazda CX-9

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$34,160

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2021 Mazda CX-9
2021 Mazda CX-9

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Excellent handling
  • Responsive powertrain
  • Luxury-grade interior (Signature trim)
  • First- and second-row comfort
  • Information-packed head-up display available

The bad:

  • Ride quality on rough roads (20-inch wheels)
  • Numb steering feel
  • Third-row space, visibility
  • Small cargo area

5 trims

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Notable features

  • New Carbon Edition trim level available
  • 10.25-inch dashboard screen now standard
  • Seats up to seven in three rows
  • Turbo four-cylinder engine
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Second-row captain's chairs available

2021 Mazda CX-9 review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2021 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 2021 Mazda CX-9?

A 10.25-inch dashboard screen is now standard, as are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. There’s also a new Carbon Edition trim level that features gray paint, gloss-black exterior accents, black 20-inch wheels, red leather seats and black interior trim. 

What Features in the 2021 Mazda CX-9 Are Most Important?

Standard features include:

  • Automatic LED headlights
  • 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot (data subscription required after trial)
  • Heated front seats 
  • Three-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Push-button start
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability

Available features include: 

  • 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Power liftgate
  • Power moonroof
  • Leather-trimmed first- and second-row seats
  • Second-row retractable sunshades
  • Second-row captain’s chairs
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated second-row seats
  • Bose premium stereo
  • Wireless device charging
  • Navigation
  • 360-degree camera system

Should I Buy the 2021 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 most three-row SUVs. Handling is excellent, and the turbo four-cylinder engine is strong. The interior is also classy, but there’s less space than you’ll find in the CX-9’s main competitors, particularly in the third row.

Consumer reviews

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

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Best 3 row suv that’s smooth and comfortable

My first 2021 Mazda CX-9 GT. One of the best 3 row suv out there. Very smooth and comfortable. Worth every buck. Would buy another when the time comes. Can’t wait for the next generation to come out!

4.6

NEEDED SECOND CAR, BOUGHT ONE THAT FIT THE BILL

MY MAZDA CX9 GRAND TOURING IS A VERY NICE CAR. GAS MILEAGE IS GOOD, THE CAR'S FEATURES ARE GREAT, AND IT IS COMFORTABLE TO DRIVE. I ESPECIALLY LIKE THE "HEADS UP DSIPLAY". HELP ME KEEP CLOSE TO OR AT THE SPEED LIMIT AND THE NAVIGATION DATA DISPLAYED ON IT IS EASIER TO FOLLOW THAN LOOKING AT THE NAV DISPALY ON DASHBOARD.

4.9

Most beautiful and great car!

This car is excellent. Dealer James Heneghan did good job for us. We are very satisfied with this car. Interior is perfect. It is a great car!

See all 17 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles

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