2022 Mazda CX-9


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2022 Mazda CX-9 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 21, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Mazda CX-9 is one prime example of an excellent three-row SUV that has fantastic driving dynamics, a swanky interior, and low ownership costs. For 2022, Mazda may give a full redesign to the new CX-9 just like the updated 2022 CX-5. The 2022 CX-9 will also get standard all-wheel-drive (AWD) so the base price is likely to increase, estimated to start from $36,000. Like the 2021 CX-9 which came with plenty of standard active safety features, we expect more of the same for 2022.

Mazda CX-9's exterior styling looks modern and sleek while the interior uses the best quality materials, way superior to its class rivals. Mazda's reputation for instilling sharp handling into its cars is also exemplified in its flagship SUV. Its turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is likely to remain standard and continue to beat its V6 powered rivals with performance and excellent fuel economy. The direct rivals include Kia Telluride, Toyota Highlander, and Ford Explorer.

2022 Mazda CX-9 Latest Updates

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ProsConsWhat's New

Well crafted and high-quality interior

Low interior space compared to rivals

2022 CX-9 lineup to get standard AWD.

Punchy yet fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine

Below-average cargo capacity

Mild styling changes

10.3-inch Large infotainment display

Long list of Active Safety Features come standard

Over All Rating


Out of 10

Pricing and Features8.00
Engine and Performace8.00
Engine and Performance6.00
Fuel Economy5.00
Notable Rankings

#26 in Midsize Suv

#28 in Suv

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Sport$33,960 onwards

  • Auto height control
  • Cloth-trimmed seating
  • LED combination taillights
  • LED headlights with auto on/off
  • Push Button Start
  • Steering wheel-mounted audio


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2021 Mazda CX-926
Price Drop, $2381
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2021 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring

Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

Dealer Price
Est. $571/mo
Good deal
$3,488.5 Below market
RMV: $45,572.5
Vacaville, CA
MSRP $45,215
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2021 Mazda CX-96

2021 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring

Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

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Est. $573/mo
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$3,312.5 Below market
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Brunswick, OH
MSRP $45,710
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2022 Mazda CX-961
Price Drop, $320
Previous Price: $4095629 Mar 2022

2022 Mazda CX-9 SUV

Touring Plus AWD

Dealer Price
Est. $551/mo
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$3,136.5 Below market
RMV: $43,772.5
West Palm Beach, FL
MSRP $42,885
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2022 Mazda CX-96

2022 Mazda CX-9 SUV

Touring AWD

Dealer Price
Est. $522/mo
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$2,836 Below market
RMV: $41,291
Miami, FL
MSRP $39,455
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2022 Mazda CX-96

2022 Mazda CX-9 SUV

Touring AWD

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Est. $521/mo
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$2,868 Below market
RMV: $41,291
West Palm Beach, FL
MSRP $40,735
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2022 Mazda CX-925

2022 Mazda CX-9 SUV

Signature AWD

Dealer Price
Est. $626/mo
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$3,397 Below market
RMV: $49,560
Saint Petersburg, FL
MSRP $48,785
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2022 Mazda CX-930

2022 Mazda CX-9 SUV

Sport AWD

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Est. $469/mo
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$2,550 Below market
RMV: $37,152
Lubbock, TX
MSRP $34,602
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2022 Mazda CX-96

2022 Mazda CX-9 SUV

Touring AWD

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Est. $524/mo
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$2,664 Below market
RMV: $41,291
West Palm Beach, FL
MSRP $40,980
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2022 Mazda CX-921

2022 Mazda CX-9 SUV

Touring AWD

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Est. $524/mo
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$2,636 Below market
RMV: $41,291
Pompano Beach, FL
MSRP $38,655
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Colors and Styles

2022 Mazda CX-9 in Brandy and Jet Black, leather color
Brandy and Jet Black, leather

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The 2022 Mazda CX-9 will likely be their mid-cycle refresh that will likely include updated exterior, updated interior, and a few changes to the standard and optional packages. This generation is based on the brand new SkyActiv Platform. There are rumors about new engines and the possible hybridization of the CX-9 for the 2022 model year. But until they come from a credible source, it is all just speculation. The new Mazda CX-9 will need to triumph against a long list of mid-size crossovers and SUVs. Its closest rivals constitute the 2022 Ford Explorer, the 2022 Kia Telluride, and the 2022 Toyota Highlander.

The 2022 Mazda CX-9 is yet to be revealed, and whether this new version is badged a 2022 or 2023 model remains to be seen. Like the recently revealed 2022 CX-5 which is completely redesigned, the redesigned 2022 CX-9 should be released later this year.

2022 Mazda CX-9 SUV Front View
2022 Mazda CX-9 SUV Rear View

Buying Advice

We recommend going for the base “Sport” trim for the CX-9. Most upgrades on the more expensive trims are aesthetic in nature. The engine choice remains the same across the lineup. For a daily use crossover, the Sport trim does the job. Although the “Grand Touring” does give off a more sporty vibe with its paddle shifters and an additional half-gallon of fuel capacity, it would still be hard to recommend.


The Mazda CX-9 comes in 4 trims along with a new Carbon Edition package introduced in 2021. The same trim levels are expected for the 2022 CX-9 model, although it is still unsure whether the Carbon Edition makes the cut or not. The three-row Mazda is available with a variety of standard features like heated side mirrors, heated front seats, triple-zone climate control, adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation, and more.

Mazda CX-9 Pricing:

Pricing for the 2022 Mazda CX-9 will likely start around $36,000 for the Sport trim, which is slightly higher than the outgoing model considering all CX-9 models to arrive with standard all-wheel-drive. The next-in-line Touring Trim will cost around $38,000, followed by the Grand Touring around $43,000. The top of the line Signature trim will likely be around $48,000. The Carbon Edition trim introduced for the 2021 model at $42,980 may continue to be available for 2022 CX-9 with a slight bump in prices.




Grand Touring


Carbon Edition

Price (AWD)*







10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment with 6-speaker audio system




In addition to Sport trim features:


18 x 8 aluminum alloy wheels

Auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink

Automatic power-folding side mirrors

Genuine Santos Rosewood inlays - shifter surround and door switchgear

Adaptive Front-lighting System


Mazda i-Activsense safety suite

Leather-trimmed seats (1st and 2nd-row outboard seating positions)

360-degree view monitor with front and rear parking sensors 20-inch wheels with brilliant silver finish and dual exhaust tailpipes

Aluminum interior trim, Black interior trim on the instrument panel, door panel, interior door handles, and side louver bezels

Release Date:

The 2022 Mazda CX-9 will likely hit the dealerships in the last quarter of 2021, which is around November. Official release dates are yet to be revealed. Stay tuned for the latest updates.

Engine and Performance

"This turbocharged engine holds its own against the V6s that power most rivals. Whether you’re driving in the city or on the highway, it produces plenty of power." - Motortrend.com

In a segment dominated by V6's, Mazda has taken a bold move by putting in the 2.5 L turbocharged four-cylinder engine to chase fuel economy and peppy performance. This CX-9 engine delivers 250 hp with 93-octane fuel (or 227 hp on 87 octanes) and 320 lb-ft of torque, which might be slightly underpowered compared to its rivals, but it does deliver a much better torque figure. There is no optional V6. For 2022, all CX-9 models will have standard AWD, which improves the SUVs' performance in snow. 

2022 Mazda CX-9 SUV Engine Bay

The punchy little engine helps shoot the CX-9 from a standstill to 60 MPH in about 7.0 seconds, which is pretty much on par with the rivals and actually better than some of them. The engine has a refined texture to it, and due to which the large three-row crossover seems surprisingly light. The ride quality of the CX-9 is quite plush. The SkyActiv chassis setup has been excellent and has received praise from critics as well as customers. The CX-9 definitely boasts a better ride quality than most other mid-size crossovers in this segment.


2022 Mazda CX-9*

2022 Toyota Highlander*

2022 Kia Telluride*

2022 Ford Explorer*

MSRP (expected)






2.5L Turbocharged Inline four-cylinder engine

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.8L Naturally Aspirated V6

2.3L turbocharged Inline-4







6 speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

10-speed automatic


227 hp @ 5000 RPM

295 hp @ 6,600 RPM

291 hp @ 6,000 RPM

300 hp @ 5,500 RPM


310 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM

263 lb-ft @ 4,700 RPM

262 lb-ft @ 5,200 RPM

310 lb-ft @ 3,500 RPM

0-60 MPH 7.0 sec 7.35 sec 7.2 sec 6.8 sec
Quarter mile 15.4 sec N/A 15.4 sec 15.3 sec

*2021 Model Year used for reference

Compared to its competition, the Mazda might seem a bit underpowered due to its turbocharged four-cylinder engine. However, in real-life driving, this engine is quite potent, and it should be more than enough for swift highway takeovers. The engine falls short on power, but it does make it up by producing 310 lb-ft of torque, which puts it ahead of others and ties up with the new Ford Explorer. There are rumors about the possible hybridization of the CX-9 for the 2022 model year. But until Mazda releases a statement, it's all just speculations. Until then, the SkyActiv engine is likely not going anywhere.

Fuel Economy

Mazda's smaller engine has proved to be efficient and better at squeezing out miles from gas than most other V6s in this segment. Combined, The 2021 CX-9 with FWD delivers EPA estimated 24 miles per gallon, which is as good as it gets in the three-row family SUV segment. However, since the 2022 CX-9 comes with standard AWD, like the 2021 model it will return 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.


2022 Mazda CX-9*

2022 Toyota Highlander*

2022 Kia Telluride*

2022 Ford Explorer*

MPG (City)





MPG (Highway)





MPG (Combined)





Fuel Capacity 

19.0 gallons

17.1 gallons



Range (City/Highway/Combined)

380 / 494 /437 miles

342 / 461 / 393 miles

376 / 488 / 432 miles

392 / 523 / 436 miles

*2021 Model Year used for reference

With a large 19-gallon fuel tank, the CX-9 AWD should have an estimated range of 437 miles in mixed driving situations. However, the competition has caught up, and even the more powerful V6's are now delivering the same results. Kia with its Telluride stands a little behind the other competitors with a combined mpg of 23.


"The CX-9's cabin wows with upscale materials and detailed styling, but compared with other SUVs in the segment, it's short on passenger and cargo space." - Caranddriver.com

The Mazda CX-9's interior is crafted with upscale materials and detailed styling. And with the refresh planned for the 2022 model year, it will get even better. The interior quality of the current CX-9 model is actually on par with more luxurious brands like Audi or Lexus. Mazda has laid out the interior with soft-touch plastic with brushed aluminum accents. The highest trim, Signature, gets even more premium-feeling materials. 

2022 Mazda CX-9 SUV Dashboard

All trim levels come with the same large 10.3-inch infotainment system that boasts Mazda's user-friendly UI. The screen is crisp and responsive and probably the best in the segment. With the Mazda Connected Services and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, the system is a powerhouse when it comes to connectivity. And the 2022 model year will likely offer the smartphone charging pad as standard across all the trims. 


2022 Mazda CX-9*

2022 Toyota Highlander*

2022 Kia Telluride*

2022 Ford Explorer*

Seating Capacity





Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.3 / 57.9 / 41.0

41.2 / 59 / 42.0

40.9 / 61.6 / 41.4

40.7 / 61.8 / 43

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.5 / 58.1 / 39.4

39.4 / 58.7 / 41

40.2 / 59.9 / 42.4

40.5 / 61.9 / 39

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

35.4 / 53.1 / 29.7

36.1 / 55.0 / 27.7

38.1 / 55.3 / 31.4

38.9 / 54.6 / 32.2

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)





*2021 Model Year data used for reference

The interior room is a bit less when compared to others in this segment, but the CX-9 makes it up by providing plush and comfortable seats. They provide ample support and bolstering, which makes the car perfect for long drives. The cargo capacity is also quite disappointing when compared to its heftier rivals. However, the third and second row of seating folds down flat pretty easily, providing you with the large flat cargo hold that you might need. 

2022 Mazda CX-9 SUV Infotainment System

From the beginning, the Mazda CX-9 has been a bit cramped compared to other SUVs in this segment. It ends up in the bottom tier of space with its below-average headroom, legroom, and shoulder room. The cargo capacity isn't great either. The new Telluride absolutely dominates this aspect with the best-in-class cargo capacity of 21 cubic feet. Major interior features include-

  • 10.25-inch infotainment system display
  • Apple CarPlay 
  • Android Auto 
  • Touring trim and up receive 12-speaker premium sound system
  • Satellite radio and Wireless smartphone charging.

"It’s arguably beautiful and way more stylish than the seemingly designed-by-committee efforts of the rest of this class." - kbb.com

Mazda has blessed the CX-9 with a timeless design that still looks beautiful and relevant. The SUV boasts a sporty yet swanky stance which makes it stand out amongst a sea of other generic SUVs. The 2022 CX-9 is expected to get some subtle styling changes on lines of smaller redesigned CX-5.

2022 Mazda CX-9 SUV Three Quarter View

The 2022 Mazda CX-9 will likely feature updated front and rear fascia along with an updated grille design. Mazda might also introduce a few new paint schemes to lure potential buyers in. This is not a generational update, so do not expect a drastic change in the design. 


2022 Mazda CX-9*

2022 Toyota Highlander*

2022 Kia Telluride*

2022 Ford Explorer*

Curb Weight 

4,364 lbs

4,145 lbs

4,354 lbs

4,345 lbs







(w/0 mirrors)










Ground Clearance 










*2021 Model Year used for reference

The Mazda CX-9 is indeed handsome and does stand out amongst other heftier SUVs. It mimics the looks of something much more expensive, something like a Maserati Levante, with its sleek and flowy design. It does not sacrifice on the ground clearance either at 8.8 inches which is the largest in this segment. Major exterior highlights of the SUV are- 

  • All-season tires
  • Painted alloy wheels
  • Heated Side mirrors
  • Rain sensing windshield wipers

The 2021 Mazda CX-9 received the highest overall safety rating of five stars by the NHTSA. Also, the IIHS gave the CX-9 the highest rating of Good in all six crash tests and named it a Top Safety Pick+. Mazda is also appreciated for offering more advanced safety features than its rivals. Mazda's i-Activsense array of driver assistance features comes standard.

The second-gen Mazda CX-9 was revealed with the latest SkyActiv chassis technology developed by Mazda. This chassis goes into all their cars and has helped them perform incredibly well in crash tests and real-life scenarios. The chassis boasts a modular design with high-strength steel alloy construction along with aluminum components to reduce weight. Mazda has spared no expense when it comes to safety technology. Few salient safety features include-

  • Automated Emergency Braking
  • Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Adaptive Cruise Control

2022 Mazda CX-9 vs 2022 Toyota Highlander

If you want a family-oriented mid-size SUV that can squeeze in eight people, you should opt for the Toyota Highlander, which offers the best-in-class interior room and cargo. Also, the Toyota is one of the most reliable offerings in the class.

2022 Toyota Highlander

However, if you prioritize spirited drivings, interior comfort, and quality, the Mazda CX-9 is the one for you. The Mazda also boasts better driving dynamics compared to the rather sluggish Highlander. 

2022 Mazda CX-9 vs 2022 Kia Telluride 

The Kia Telluride and its corporate twin the Palisade have been one of the best-selling mid-size contenders. Both of them devour the CX-9 when it comes to an interior room and providing adult-friendly third-row seating.

2022 Kia Telluride

The Mazda gets the edge over the Telluride in terms of sportiness and fuel economy. However, the Kia and the Hyundai both cost 1.5 grand less than the Mazda CX-9, making them a better deal.

2022 Mazda CX-9 vs 2022 Ford Explorer

The new Ford Explorer offers only a slightly larger interior room compared to the CX-9. The CX-9 boasts a far better interior cabin along with an excellent infotainment system that the Ford lacks.

2022 Ford Explorer

In terms of driving capabilities, both of these are evenly matched and feel equally sporty and connected to the road. In the end, it's just a matter of preference.

Final Verdict

The 2022 Mazda CX-9 will likely be an excellent family car with tons of infotainment features to keep your kids busy on a long journey. The interior cabin is one of the best in this segment, and you will feel that it is worth every penny. However, there are some catches like the rather small interior room situation along with a cramped boot. Mazda also does not offer any complimentary scheduled maintenance that rivals like Hyundai and Kia offer. In the past, the CX-9 has been one of the slowest-selling vehicles despite its swanky exterior and plush interior. It seems mid-size SUV buyers prioritize practicality over luxury. Only time will tell whether the 2022 refresh will boost this number up.


vehicle bio
base price


body style

4dr SUV

engine type

6-Speed Automatic


185.8 in


105.1 in


77.5 in

curb weight

4225 lbs


67.3 in

Ground Clearance

8.8 lbs

passenger capacity

5 Seats

Mazda CX-9 5 year Cost To Own

Cash Price(MSRP)
5 Year Cost To Own
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $56,242
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Financing Interest$2,369$1,892$1,386$855$353$6,855
Taxes and Fees$3,106$217$220$256$143$3,942
Total Cost-To-Own$17,124$9,299$8,996$10,500$10,323$56,242
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