2022 Mazda CX-9

MSRP $33,960

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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.

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Pros

Well crafted and high-quality interior

Punchy yet fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine

10.3-inch Large infotainment display

Long list of Active Safety Features come standard

Cons

Low interior space compared to rivals

Below-average cargo capacity

What's New?

2022 CX-9 lineup to get standard AWD.

Mild styling changes


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$33960

bodystyle

4dr SUV

engine type

transmission

6-Speed Automatic

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

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

Colors and Styles

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

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 Features

8.0

Engine and Performace

8.0

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

5.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

6.0

6.3

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

6.3

Overall Rating


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

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

5.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety

6.0/10
Competition


2022 Mazda CX-9 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.

2022 Mazda CX-9 Features

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.

Trim

Sport

Touring

Grand Touring

Signature

Carbon Edition

Price (AWD)*

$35,860

$37,650

$43,840

$46,605

$42,980

Features

10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment with 6-speaker audio system

REAR POWER LIFTGATE WITH PROGRAMMABLE HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT

Hands-free REAR POWER LIFTGATE WITH PROGRAMMABLE HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT

i-ACTIV AWD WITH OFF-ROAD TRACTION ASSIST as Standard

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.

2022 Mazda CX-9 Engine and Performance

6.0/10

"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.

Models

2022 Mazda CX-9*

2022 Toyota Highlander*

2022 Kia Telluride*

2022 Ford Explorer*

MSRP (expected)

$36,000

$34,810

$31,990

$32,525

Engine

2.5L Turbocharged Inline four-cylinder engine

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.8L Naturally Aspirated V6

2.3L turbocharged Inline-4

Drivetrain

AWD

FWD

FWD

RWD

Transmission

6 speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

Power

227 hp @ 5000 RPM

295 hp @ 6,600 RPM

291 hp @ 6,000 RPM

300 hp @ 5,500 RPM

Torque

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.

2022 Mazda CX-9 Fuel Economy

5.0/10

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.

Model

2022 Mazda CX-9*

2022 Toyota Highlander*

2022 Kia Telluride*

2022 Ford Explorer*

MPG (City)

20

21

20

21

MPG (Highway)

26

29

26

28

MPG (Combined)

23

24

23

24

Fuel Capacity 

19.0 gallons

17.1 gallons

18.8

17.9

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.

2022 Mazda CX-9 Interior

5.0/10

"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. 

Model

2022 Mazda CX-9*

2022 Toyota Highlander*

2022 Kia Telluride*

2022 Ford Explorer*

Seating Capacity

7

7

7

7

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)

14.4

16.0

21.0

18.2

*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.

2022 Mazda CX-9 Exterior

6.0/10

"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. 

Model

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

Length 

199.4”

194.9

196.9

198.3

Width

(w/0 mirrors)

77.5”

76.0”

78.3

78.9

Height 

67.6”

68.1"

68.9

69.9

Ground Clearance 

8.8”

8.0"

8.0

7.9

Wheelbase 

115.3”

112.2"

114.2

119.1

*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

2022 Mazda CX-9 Safety

6.0/10

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 Competition

6.0/10

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.

2022 Mazda CX-9 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.


2021 Mazda CX-9 FAQs

Is the Mazda CX-9 AWD?

The 2022 Mazda CX-9 is expected to come with a standard all-wheel-drive (AWD) that further improves the Mazda's handling in snow and wet conditions.

Is Mazda CX-9 expensive to maintain?

The estimated total annual cost to maintain and repair a Mazda CX-9 is $539, which is average as compared to class rivals.

How much will the 2022 Mazda CX-9 Carbon Edition Cost?

The Mazda CX-9 Carbon Edition debut for the 2021 model adds black exterior trim based on the Touring trim. It adds exclusive aesthetic upgrades including exclusive exterior color - Polymetal Grey that goes well with the blacked-out elements including new 20-inch alloy wheels and glosses black front grille. The interior gets red upholstery with contrasting black interior trimming.

Which are the alternatives to the Mazda CX-9?

The Mazda CX-9 is a three-row midsize SUV that competes against the crossover SUVs including Honda Pilot, Hyundai Palisade, Volkswagen Atlas, Kia Telluride, and Toyota Highlander.

2022 Mazda CX-9 Consumer Reviews and Ratings

8.4

based on 5 ratings


8.8/10Features
8.6/10Interiors
9.0/10Design
8.6/10Safety
8.2/10Reliability
8.0/10Deal Value

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Nora Hoover

2021 Mazda CX-9

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

7

User Overall Rating

Posted On: January 13, 2022

Built really well and is easy to drive

Pros - Plush upscale cabin – Well balanced handing character – Playful drive.

Cons - Tiny third row – Weak acceleration – Small headlamps.

Wish it came with a bigger engine option I was on a hunt for family car and I test drove countless cars and after a certain point, one of my friends suggested me to try the CX-9 and I instantly knew that his was the car I needed. I have driven cars that are much more powerful than the CX-9 but none of them came close to how easy the car was to drive and control. The steering was perfectly balanced making it easier to maneuver the massive car but what’s not so massive about CX-9 are its headlights and a larger design would...

7/10
Features
8/10
Interior
8/10
Design
8/10
Safety
7/10
Reliability
5/10
Deal Value
2/10
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Heather

2020 Mazda CX-9

Sport 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: December 29, 2021

Excellent car, Excellent features!

Pros - Sporty handling--Quiet cabins--Punchy engine--Premium dashboard`

Cons - Third-row are strictly for kids--Limited cargo space--Only two USB ports

Premium and Tech-loaded SUV If you're looking for a premium and powerful compact SUV for an affordable price range, drive home a new Mazda CX-9 without thinking more. It handles sporty on curvy trails and the cabins remain quiet while driving at 80+mph. The dashboard furnishes a premium look to the interiors and its 7-inch touchscreen interface is quite easy to use. I bought it last December and just completed the first 10K miles without any obstacles. I had no issues with the car business in Ken Fowler Mazda; the s...

10/10
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9/10
Interior
9/10
Design
9/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
8/10
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Joseph

2019 Mazda CX-9

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

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: January 11, 2022

A Perfect fit for my family!!!

Pros - Catchy exterior styling--Spacious interiors--Smooth turbo engine--Good gas mileage

Cons - Third-row seats are strictly for kids--Firm rides sometimes

Fully-loaded and Fuel-efficient I love my Mazda CX-9; it has plenty of legroom and drives smoothly in extreme road conditions. The cabins have ample space to haul my family during vacations and a smooth 2.5L turbo engine that renders a good gas mileage of 24mpg. This car has all the capabilities of a sporty sedan and my family feels secure during regional trips. The odometer surpassed its 22K miles last week and never had any major issues with its driveability. It was a delightful car business in the Art Hill Ford L...

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Top User Reviews

7

User Overall Rating

Built really well and is easy to drive

Wish it came with a bigger engine option

by Nora Hoover

9

User Overall Rating

Excellent car, Excellent features!

Premium and Tech-loaded SUV

by Heather

9

User Overall Rating

A Perfect fit for my family!!!

Fully-loaded and Fuel-efficient

by Joseph

10

User Overall Rating

Mazda CX-9 - Flawless!

Perfectly sized and punchy

by Percy Petersen

7

User Overall Rating

Has a good presence due to its design

Not the most engaging to drive

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