2022 Mazda CX-9

MSRP $33,960 Est.

Ranked #9 in Suv

7.6

Overall Rating

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

Updated on: July 5, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Mazda is a brand that has often been overshadowed by its more mainstream Japanese brethren, Toyota, Honda, and Nissan. They have been making great cars which somehow always fly under the radar of the mass populous. The Mazda CX-9 is one such example of an excellent car that has fantastic driving dynamics, a swanky interior, and low ownership costs. Currently in its second generation since its inception in 2006. This generation of the CX-9 was unveiled at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show for the 2016 model year. And it received no big update since then.

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Pros

Well crafted and high-quality interior

Punchy yet fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine

10.3-inch Large infotainment display

Active Safety Features provided as standard

Cons

Low interior space compared to rivals

Low boot capacity compared to rivals

No complimentary scheduled maintenance

What's New?

No big changes are expected

We are not sure if the Carbon Edition trim of the 2021 model year will be continued to the 2022 model year


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$33960

bodystyle

4dr SUV

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

227 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

310 lbs.-ft. @ 2000 rpm

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Sport$33,960 Est. onwards

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

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

9.0

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.6

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 possible hybridization of the CX-9 for the 2022 model year. But until they come from a credible source, it is all just speculations. 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.

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

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety

9.0/10
Competition


2022 Mazda CX-9 Features

The Mazda CX-9 comes in 4 trims with an additional Carbon Edition model. The same trim levels are expected for the 2022 model year as well, although it is still unsure whether the Carbon Edition makes the cut or not. The SUV 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.

Trim

Sport

Touring

Grand Touring

Signature

Carbon Edition

Price

$34,160

$35,950

$42,140

$46,805

$41,280

Features

SKYACTIV-G 2.5 Dynamic Pressure Turbo, 320 lb-ft torque2 @ 2,500 rpm

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

 

Advanced Direct Injection fuel system

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

Paddle shifters

19.5 gallons fuel capacity

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

We Recommend

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.

Pricing:

Pricing for the 2022 Mazda CX-9 will likely start around $36,000. 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.

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

In a segment dominated by V6's, Mazda has taken a bold move by putting in the 2.5 L Turbocharged Inline 4 to chase fuel economy. The engine might be slightly underpowered compared to its rivals, but it does deliver a much better torque figure. This is the only engine offered across all the trims, and there is no optional V6. There are rumors about 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 SUV Engine Bay

The punchy little engine helps shoot the CX-9 from a standstill to 60 MPH in about 7.1 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)

$33,960

$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

FWD

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

*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.

2022 Mazda CX-9 Fuel Economy

7.0/10

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, it will deliver 24 miles per gallon, which is as good as it gets in the three-row family SUV segment. With a large 19-gallon fuel tank, the CX-9 should have an estimated range of 450 miles on combined city and highway driving, which is more than enough for your long family trips.

Model

2022 Mazda CX-9

2022 Toyota Highlander

2022 Kia Telluride

2022 Ford Explorer

MPG (City)

22

21

20

21

MPG (Highway)

28

29

26

28

MPG (Combined)

24

24

23

24

Fuel Capacity 

19.0 gallons

17.1 gallons

18.8

17.9

Range (City/Highway/Combined)

418 / 532 /456 miles

342 / 461 / 393 miles

376 / 488 / 432 miles

392 / 523 / 436 miles

*2021 Model Year used for reference

The choice of going with the smaller and fuel-efficient engine does pay off when it comes to fuel economy. 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. When it comes to range, Mazda offers the most at 456 miles combined.

2022 Mazda CX-9 Interior

7.0/10

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 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 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 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

9.0/10

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.

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 

4,225 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

7.0/10

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

9.0/10

2022 Mazda CX-9 vs 2022 Toyota Highlander

If you want a 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.

2022 Toyota Highlander

However, if you prioritize 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.

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