What's New for 2021?

On Touring, Grand Touring, and Signature versions, a wireless smartphone charging pad is now included as standard equipment.

Mazda took a chance by providing a turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the CX-9's only powerplant in the hopes of improving fuel economy in a category where V-6 power is typical.

It does have a little advantage over some rivals, but it's not much.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

In addition to having strong acceleration capabilities, the EPA claims that the CX-9 is more fuel-efficient than many of its competitors.

According to EPA estimations, the front-wheel drive model gets 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the interstate; all-wheel drive reduces each of those numbers by 2 mpg.

The all-wheel-drive CX-9 matched its 26 mpg rating in our actual highway fuel economy test.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

Although the CX-9's interior impresses with high-end materials and intricate styling, it lacks passenger and cargo room when compared to other SUVs in the same class.

Soft-touch plastic with attractive graining, brushed aluminum, and, in our Signature-trim test car, real rosewood, have all been beautifully placed by Mazda.

Real-world constraints result from the CX-9's small sizes.

Infotainment and Connectivity

A 10.3-inch display and Mazda's user-friendly infotainment system are standard on every CX-9.

The Mazda Connected Services package offers remote access to vehicle status, telematics, and important procedures like remote start and remote locking.

The software is simple to use and the graphics are clear.

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Purchasers of new CX-9s have access to a sufficient protection plan from Mazda.