The 2023 Mazda CX-9 goes on sale, its pricing is set. Expect the SUV at U.S. dealers this fall.
For the next model year, the Mazda CX-9 three-row midsize SUV offers Touring, Touring Plus, Carbon Edition, Grand Touring, and Signature trim levels, as well as three premium colors available at extra pay – Soul Red Crystal Metallic, Machine Gray Metallic, and Snowflake White Pearl Mica.
Second-row captain’s chairs as standard are new for the 2023 model year. The previous entry-level Sport trim is dropped. The 2023 pricing is between $40,025 and $49,735 including a destination fee.
The carmaker has enhanced vehicle control, driving dynamics, and handling. Inside, Mazda has improved passenger comfort and convenience thanks to a center pass-through and the 2nd-row slide and tilt function.
Even the entry-level CX-9 is well-equipped. The extensive list of standard features includes Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry, three-zone automatic climate control, multi-way heated power seats, auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink, Mazda Connected Services achievable via the latest Mazda Connect infotainment system, a six-speaker sound system, a leather steering wheel with mounted audio.
The i-Activsense driver assistance safety pack includes an array of functions among which there is Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop and Go and Advanced Smart City Brake Support with pedestrian detection.
Why We Think a Mazda CX-9 is a Terrific Vehicle
It is one of the sportiest models in the midsize SUV class. Its powertrain with a base Skyactiv-G 2.5 Turbo engine, a 6-speed AT with manual and sport modes, and Mazda’s unique i-Activ AWD system provide optimum performance with good gas mileage, remarkably agile handling like a smaller SUV, and enjoyable drive.
The engine delivers 250 hp and 320 lb-ft with premium 93 octane fuel, and 227 hp/ 310 lb-ft with regular 87 octane fuel. In addition, all 2023 CX-9 models come with G-Vectoring Control Plus and Off-Road Traction Assist.
With a relatively small cargo area and not the best-in-class towing capacity, the CX-9 has cushy first- and second-row seats and a roomy enough 3rd row (at least, for kids’ comfort). The cabin itself is pleasant, having a high-end feel and look.
Mazda CX-9 vs Rivals
The Toyota Highlander is generally more practical than the CX-9 due to its more user-friendly infotainment system, larger cargo area, and heftier towing capacity. The Mazda CX-9, in its turn, boasts a higher-end interior and sharper handling.
The Kia Telluride is not as agile as the Mazda SUV but it surpasses the latter in the seating space, cargo hold, towing ability, base price, and family friendliness. Kia offers a longer warranty for the Telluride and an easier-to-use infotainment system.