2020 Mazda CX-9

MSRP $33,790 - $41,450

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2020 Mazda CX-9 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 5, 2021

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The 2020 Mazda CX-9 goes beyond the ordinary 7-passenger, 3-row family hauler, offering a seductive exterior, premium interior along with dynamic handling. Unlike the V6 powered rivals, Mazda CX-9's turbocharged four-cylinder engine offers impressive power and above-average fuel economy ratings. The 2020 CX-9 is part of the second generation and brings more standard active safety features. Starting at $33,790, the 2020 CX-9's pricing is average in the class.

There is no better fun to drive crossover than the CX-9, thanks to its lightweight body and G-Vectoring technology. This allows impressive cornering without compromising on the riding comfort. We're less impressed by CX-9's cargo space, cramped third row, and average tow ratings, but that's a trade-off for the athletic drivability of such a large-sized car. The other top-rated alternatives of the Mazda CX-9 include Honda Pilot, Subaru Ascent, and Toyota Highlander.

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Pros

Exceptional drivability for a large vehicle

Upscale interior, giving luxury SUVs a run for their money

Great driving dynamics for a three-row vehicle

Plenty of standard features

Cons

Third-row seats can be claustrophobic

Sub-par towing capacity

What's New?

All trims gain Mazda's i-Activsense suite of driver assists as standard.

Standard heated front seats

New 9-inch infotainment touchscreen option


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$33790

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

227 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

310 ft-lb. @ 2000 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.6/12.8 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

115.3 in.

length

199.4 in.

width

77.5 in.

height

67.6 in.

curb weight

4225 lbs.

ground clearance

8.8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

135.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

71.2 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

1445 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.1 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/24/28 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Sport$33,790 onwards

Grand Touring$41,450 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Mazda CX-9 in Deep Blue Metallic color
Deep Blue Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

8.9

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

7.0

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.0

Overall Rating


Mazda introduces the 2020 CX-9 with more standard safety and interior features. Starting from $33,790, The 2020 Mazda CX-9 now includes a standard i-Activsense suite. Heated front seats are also standard. Where most cars in the segment are purely functional, the Mazda CX-9 is a three-row crossover SUV that delivers heavily on style and performance. It’s one of the best-looking family crossovers on the market, and that includes offerings from luxury brands.

The CX-9 goes up against Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander, and the newly introduced Subaru Ascent. Although the CX-9 doesn't sell in hot volumes, it has the makings of good driver cars that are rare to find in this segment. Let's find out what makes the Mazda CX-9 a good SUV.

2020 Mazda CX-9 SUV front angle view
2020 Mazda CX-9 SUV rear angle view

8.0/10
Features

8.9/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition


2020 Mazda CX-9 Features

8.0/10

The Mazda CX-9 is available in 4 well-appointed trim levels: Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, and Signature. The base CX-9 Sport starts at an MSRP of $33,790 and brings a lot of standard features including three-zone automatic climate control, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment display, rear privacy glass, and safety features like Smart City Brake Support automatic emergency braking, and Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. 

The Touring trim starts at $35,710 and Grand Touring at $41,550. The 2020 CX-9 comes with standard FWD and adding AWD costs an extra $1,800. The top-spec Signature that includes AWD as standard equipment starts from $46,215. For buyers looking for more convenience features like rear power tailgate, heated side mirrors, leather-trimmed seats, a larger (8.0-inch) infotainment system, and Apple Carplay and Android Auto, should look for Touring and above models.

Trim

Sport

Touring

Grand Touring

Signature

MSRP (FWD)

$33,790

$35,710

$41,550

-

MSRP (AWD)

$35,790

$37,610

$43,450

$46,215

Key Features

MAZDA CONNECT infotainment system with 7-inch full-color touch-screen display

Adds/Upgrades to Sport plus:

Adds/Upgrades to Touring plus:

Adds/Upgrades to Grand Touring plus:

 

18-inch alloy wheels with P255/60 R18 tires

8-inch full-color touch-screen display

20-inch alloy wheels

Standard i-ACTIV AWD

 

SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS with G-Vectoring Control

Rear Power Liftgate

Power sliding-glass moonroof with sunshade

LED signature grille accent lighting

 

Three-zone automatic climate control

Auto-on/off headlights

Automatic power-folding side mirrors

Genuine Santos Rosewood interior trim

 

Remote keyless entry

Heated side mirrors

Heated steering wheel

LED shifter accent lighting

 

Cloth-trimmed seats

Leather-trimmed seats

Aluminum interior trim

Auburn Nappa leather-trimmed seats

 

Cruise control

Apple CarPlay integration and Android Auto integration

SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link Services

 

 

Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter

MAZDA CONNECT Infotainment System

 

 

The Grand Touring trim is equipped with 20-inch alloys, front and rear parking, and exterior chrome accents sensors. The top-spec Signature trim is the flagship model in the CX-9 lineup, the luxury on offer rivals vehicles from a segment higher. It brings in Auburn Nappa leather seats, a hand-stitched, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and Santos rosewood interior trim.

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Most of the buyers will like the Touring trim that comes with additional creature comforts like leather-trimmed seats, an 8-inch infotainment system with support for Apple Carplay, and Android Auto. With the available smartphone integration, you don’t need to get the optional Touring package for navigation. These features will make your ownership experience a more pleasurable affair. 

2020 Mazda CX-9 Engine and Performance

8.9/10
“In a segment where V-6 power is basic, Mazda took a risk by offering a turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the CX-9's sole powertrain in the hope of gaining a fuel-economy advantage.”- Car and Driver.

Mazda offers a single-engine across all the trim levels of the 2020 CX-9. The standard 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the CX-9 produces 227 horsepower when you use regular gas and 250 horsepower with premium gas. Acceleration is quick, with CX-9 recording 7.1 seconds for an 0-60 mph run while the quarter-mile is achieved in 15.5 seconds. The Mazda has ample power for the highway merging and passing. All the power is transferred to the front wheels or all wheels via standard 6-speed automatic transmission, which works pretty smoothly.

2020 Mazda CX-9 engine bay

The engine is smooth and offers massive low end-power. Mazda’s masterful turbocharger exhibits no sign of lag, making this diminutive motor perform like a larger V6.  Unlike a few competitors, Mazda doesn’t offer paddle shifters. If you want to shift manually, you have to use the manual mode on the shifter. The 6-speed automatic is a good match for the engine but competitors like Honda and Toyota use 9-speed and 8-speed automatic transmissions which deliver better initial thrust.

Models

2020 Mazda CX-9

2020 Toyota Highlander

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Subaru Ascent

MSRP

$36,260

$31,450

$32,365

$32,765

$31,995

Engine

2.5-Liter SKYACTIV-G 4-cylinder

3.5-Liter V6

3.5-liter V6

3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6

2.4-liter turbocharged Subaru Boxer 4-cylinder

Transmission

6-speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

CVT

Horsepower

227 hp @ 5,000 RPM

295 hp @ 6600 RPM

280hp @ 6000 RPM

288 @ 6500 RPM

260 hp @ 5,600 RPM

Torque

310 lb-ft @ 2,000 RPM

263 lb.-ft. @ 4700 RPM

262 lb.-ft. @ 4700 RPM

254 lb.-ft. @ 4000 RPM

277 lb-ft. @ 2,000 RPM

0-60 MPH

7.1 seconds

7.2 seconds

6.2 seconds

8.2 seconds

6.9 seconds

Quarter mile

15.5seconds

15.5 seconds

14.8 seconds

16.3 seconds

15.5 seconds

Towing Capacity

3500 lbs

5000 lbs

3500 lbs

5000 lbs

5000 lbs

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

AWD

Leave the stats aside and as you get behind the wheel of a CX-9 you will find it to be one of the sportiest three-row crossovers in the segment. The entirety of its 310 lb-ft. torque is available as early as 2000 rpm. When we consider power output, Highlander offers 295 hp followed by Ford’s 288 hp output. On paper, Mazda CX-9 has the least power output but when we consider drivability the CX-9 has the best torque output in this comparison. It is really easy to drive.

2020 Mazda CX-9 driving view

Unlike the towing trend of this segment, Mazda offers a lower towing capacity as compared to its rivals. The CX-9 can tow a maximum of 3500 lbs while Pilot is rated at 5000 pounds. However, compared to rivals like the Honda Pilot and Chevrolet Traverse, the 2020 Mazda CX-9 rides and corners like it’s glued to the road, with precise steering requiring minimal effort to affect course change. The retuned suspension retains its impressive cornering ability, but now returns a gentler ride over rough pavement. 

2020 Mazda CX-9 Drive Mode Selector

At 199.4-inches, the CX-9 is the longest vehicle in this segment. Get inside one and you will be surprised to find how well Mazda has designed it. It hides its size so well. Mazda has gone a step forward and designed the CX-9 to actually offer qualities that are not prerequisites for a three-row family crossover. The CX-9 handles better than other vehicles in its segment. The steering provides great feedback and lets you know the exact status of the front tires.

2020 Mazda CX-9 Wheel​​​​​​

If you push the CX-9 around corners, it will lean a bit but hold its line well. Visibility is good, you have wide side view mirrors, and getting accustomed to driving the CX-9 wouldn’t take much time. The CX-9 came to a standstill from 60 mph within a distance of 123 feet. 

2020 Mazda CX-9 Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The 2020 Mazda CX-9 relies on its turbocharger for some of the best fuel economy ratings. The EPA estimated the CX-9's fuel economy at 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. The AWD models are rated at 20/26 mpg city/highway.

Model

2020 Mazda CX-9

2020 Toyota Highlander

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Subaru Ascent

MPG (city)

22

19

19 

17

21 

MPG (highway)

28

26

27 

24

27 

MPG (combined)

24

22

22

20

23

Looking at the competition, the newly introduced Subaru Ascent delivers a similar fuel economy, which is great considering its a standard all-wheel-drive.

2020 Mazda CX-9 Interior

8.0/10
“Pretty much everything about the CX-9's interior feels right and thoughtfully designed.”- Edmunds

For a non-luxury brand, Mazda CX-9's interior quality is class-leading and is apparently comparable to superior class rivals. Soft-touch materials have been generously used across the cabin which can accommodate up to 7 passengers in three rows. The 2020 CX-9 is a little low on utility, unlike the competition, it only offers minimal space for storing miscellaneous items. When we talk about the first row, the seats provide good cushioning and there is good headroom and legroom for taller passengers. On higher trims, the driver and passenger have heated seats and power-adjustable seats while the higher trims also offer ventilated seats.

2020 Mazda CX-9 seating layout

The base CX-9 Sport trim offers cloth upholstery while higher trims offer leather-trimmed seats and the top-spec Signature trim offers Nappa-leather seats. Three-zone climate control is a standard feature, the second row can accommodate 3 passengers albeit there is a slight bump on the floor. The CX-9 doesn’t offer the best amenities for third-row passengers. CX-9 has one of the lowest passenger volumes in the third row. Shoppers can opt for second-row captain's chair which reduces the seating capacity to six.

Model

2020 Mazda CX-9

2020 Toyota Highlander

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Subaru Ascent

Passenger capacity

7

8

8

7

8

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.3/57.9/41.0

40.7/59.3/44.2

40.1/ 62/40.9

41.4/61.5/42.9

41.3/61.1/42.2

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.5/ 58.1/39.4

39.9/59.6/38.4

40.2/62/38.4

40.6/61/39.5

40/ 60.3/ 38.6

Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

35.4/53.1/29.7

35.9/55.0/27.7

38.9/57.6/31.9

37.8/50.8/32

36.3/57.2/31.7

Cargo Volume

14.4 cu-ft.

13.8 cu-ft.

16.5 cu-ft.

21 cu-ft.

17.8 cu-ft.

Unlike the Honda Pilot, Mazda CX-9 doesn’t offer electronically foldable second-row seats. So, to access the third row you need to pull a lever behind the seat and push the seat to make a passage for entering the third row. Although the Mazda is the longest crossover in the segment, it fails to provide good third-row space for the passengers.

Interior Features

  • Three-zone automatic climate control with pollen filter
  • Power sliding-glass moonroof with one-touch-open feature and interior sunshade
  • Power windows with one-touch down/up feature
  • Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry and Start System
  • Push Button Start
  • Aluminium interior trim
  • Remote fuel-door release
  • 2nd-row retractable window sunshades
  • Power door locks with speed-sensing auto-locking

The Mazda CX-9 offers 14.4 cu-ft. of space behind the third row. The CX-9 offers something else, it is a better driver’s car in the three-row family crossover segment. The Mazda CX-9 doesn’t store as much as other competing crossovers in the segment. Ford Explorer offers the best in class – 21 cu-ft. of rear cargo space.

 2020 Mazda CX-9 SUV infotainment screen

The base trim offers a 7-inch touchscreen display and the higher trims upgrade it to an 8-inch display which comes with standard Apple Carplay and Android Auto. Mazda incorporates a dial-based controller for the infotainment system. You can use the touch screen only when the car is stationary, on the move use the controller. Like German cars, the volume dial has been placed adjacent to the shifter. Bose audio system is a standard feature on Grand Touring trim and above. 

2020 Mazda CX-9 Cargo Space

Some other infotainment features include:

  • AM/FM/HD Radio
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • 8-speaker full-range door-mounted type sound system
  • Tweeter speakers
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio
  • 2 USB ports
  • MAZDA CONNECT infotainment system inc. voice command

2020 Mazda CX-9 Exterior

8.0/10
“If you’re looking for a bit of elegance in your next family hauler, the CX-9 has it in spades. We think it's beautiful.”- KelleyBlueBook

As many SUVs get more angular, the CX-9 makes do with hardly any straight lines, proving that curvy can still easily be beautiful. Unlike other manufacturers, Mazda has developed the CX-9 to be a little different three-row vehicle. The CX-9 follows Mazda KODO design philosophy and it is easy to spot the similarities with Mazda’s other vehicles. The CX-9 carries an athletic stance and really hides its size well with a beautifully designed exterior.

2020 Mazda CX-9 side view

That big grille up front adds to the premium cred, yet doesn't seem overboard.  The CX-9 is exceptionally handsome, especially for a crossover, so if style and features are paramount but the badge is of little importance, this Mazda represents an appealing near-luxury alternative to many more expensive options.

Model

2020 Mazda CX-9

2020 Toyota Highlander

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Subaru Ascent

Curb weight

4317 lbs.

4244 lbs.

4036 lbs.

4458 lbs.

4430 lbs.

Length

199.4"

192.5"

196.5"

198.3"

196.8"

Width

77.5"

75.8"

78.6"

78.9"

76"

Height

69.0"

68.1"

70.6"

70"

71.6"

Ground clearance

8.8"

8.0"

7.3"

7.8"

8.7"

Wheelbase

115.3"

109.8"

111"

112.8"

113.8"

CX-9 is at the heavier side in this segment, tips the scale at 4317 pounds. At 199.4 inches, the CX-9 is the longest crossover in this segment. Although it has a wheelbase of 115.3 inches it doesn’t offer the best cabin space in this segment. With 8.8-inches of ground clearance, the Mazda beats the newly introduced Subaru Ascent by 0.1 inches.

2020 Mazda CX-9 Safety

8.0/10

The Mazda CX-9 scores good safety ratings in the crash tests conducted by NHTSA and IIHS. The 2020 CX-9 scores an overall 5-star rating from NHTSA while it receives the highest rating of Good in all six crash tests and a Top Safety Pick designation from the IIHS. For 2020, Mazda makes its i-Activsense driver assistance suite standard across the CX-9 lineup. This suite adds active safety features such as automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, stop-and-go adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and lane-keep assist. Other than these, the 2020 CX-9 features a standard rearview camera, a traffic sign recognition system, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

Safety Features

  • Side-impact door beams
  • Advanced Smart City Brake Support with pedestrian detection
  • Smart Brake Support
  • Child-safety rear door locks
  • Dynamic Stability Control with Traction Control System and Trailer Stability Assist
  • Roll Stability Control
  • Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Lane-keep Assist
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • LATCH 2nd-row seat child-safety-seat anchors & upper tether anchors
  • Engine-immobilizer antitheft system
  • Anti-lock Brake System with Electronic Brake force Distribution & Brake Assist
  • 8 Airbags

2020 Mazda CX-9 Competition

7.0/10

2020 Mazda CX-9 vs 2020 Honda Pilot

Honda Pilot uses a 280 horsepower V6 engine, unlike Mazda's turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The 2020 Pilot is the top-rated SUV in the segment, known for its powerful engine, highly practical interiors with a seating capacity of eight, and value for money.  In terms of pricing, the Honda Pilot starts at $31,450 while the base CX-9 costs $33,790. However, the CX-9 looks upscale inside out and offers a good amount of standard fitments.

Honda Pilot

 The 2020 Honda Pilot has incorporated many changes and has a very intuitive infotainment system on offer but Mazda’s cabin feels more premium. The Pilot scores well on utility as it offers electrically operated second-row seats for convenient third-row access. But when we consider drivability, the CX-9 comes off as a better choice.

2020 Mazda CX-9 vs 2020 Ford Explorer

The 2020 Ford Explorer is one of the oldest nameplates in this segment and comes with a 288 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine. The Explorer ranks in the top half of the midsize SUV segment for its spacious cabin, decent off-roading capacity, and the versatility of three engine choices. The Mazda has only one engine on offer – a 2.5-liter inline-four, which is powerful enough.

Ford Explorer

Ford Explorer offers more features than the CX-9 but it comes at a higher price tag. For the value of money, athletic drivability, and premium interior, the CX-9 is a good choice. In case you are looking for more practicality and V6 power, the Ford Explorer should be on the list.

2020 Mazda CX-9 vs 2020 Subaru Ascent

Subaru Ascent is the newest contender in the three-row crossover segment with plenty of cargo space and a seating capacity of up to 8. Like CX-9, the Ascent is also one of the better-driving vehicles in the market with balanced ride quality. It may be noted that Subaru Ascent's higher [rice tag includes a standard all-wheel drive. Subaru’s Eyesight safety system and Mazda's i-Activesense are quite comparable and include equally advanced safety features. 

Subaru Ascent

Both the cars are equally good. If you want a good-driving crossover then CX-9 ought to be on the list, otherwise, the choice depends on personal preference.

2020 Mazda CX-9 Final Verdict

This Mazda CX-9 is one of the better-driving cars in this segment with a good low-end grunt and a powerful midrange power. You don’t need to push the engine to its limit to extract its best performance. The Mazda offers a well-built class-leading interior, plush ride, and a well-engineered inline-four engine that cements CX-9’s image as a driver’s car. If you can compromise on utility a bit, then the Mazda CX-9 is a choice that will have you grinning ear to ear every time you get behind the wheel.


2020 Mazda CX-9 FAQs

How much does the 2020 Mazda CX-9 cost?

The base model of the 2020 Mazda CX-9 has a sticker price of $34,835 including the $1,045 destination fee. The popular Touring trim starts at $36,855, Grand Touring at $43,090 and the top-line Signature model that includes AWD standard starts around $47,460. 

Is the 2020 Mazda CX-9 AWD?

Yes, the 2020 Mazda CX-9 is available in both front-wheel-drive (FWD) and all-wheel-drive (AWD) configurations.

What is the towing capacity of the Mazda CX-9?

The 2020 Mazda CX-9 has a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds., which is below average when compared to the Honda Pilot’s 5,000-pound rating.

Is the 2020 Mazda CX-9 expensive to maintain?

No, the estimated cost to maintain and repair a Mazda CX-9 ranges from $80 to $4281, with an average of $271, considering 15,000 miles per year of running.

Does Mazda CX-9 come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay?

Yes, Mazda offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration with CX-9 Touring and above models as standard fitment.

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