I am test driving the 2021 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD a large midsize SUV with three rows and seven seats. This elegant family car is very attractive and it feels premium. There are 5 trim models available and the one I am driving the CX-9 Signature is the top of the line with a base price of around $47K.
The price range for the Mazda CX-9 SUV starts around $35K with the CX-9 Sport model.
The CX-9 is offered as Front Wheels Drive or All Wheel Drive depending on the trim model selected. In the case of the top of the line, CX-9 Signature is only available as AWD
The CX-9 has been described as Exhilarating Elegance by Mazda.
The CX-9 is manufactured at the Ujina 1 plant in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. Even if it is built in Japan, the CX-9 is not sold in Japan’s domestic market as it exceeds the Japanese government’s size regulations and the engine displacement forces a large annual road tax bill. Instead, the closely related Mazda CX-8 is sold on the market in Japan.
The Mazda CX-9 was unveiled to the public during the 2006 New York Auto Show. From its creation until the 2016 model, the CX-9 was built on the Ford CD3 platform shared with the Ford Edge and Ford Fusion, using the same engine, a 3.7L V6.
For the 2016 CX-9 mode there was a major redesign of the Mazda CX-9 SUV, no longer being based on the Ford lineup.
The New 2021 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD
The Mazda CX-9 is a midsize SUV. The new sleek, modern styling makes the new Mazda CX-9, makes it one of the most attractive SUVs in its class. Its new exterior design is very eye-catching, marking a milestone for the automaker with an exceptional full-size SUV. Inside the CX-9 you get the feeling that everything is top quality and comfort.
New for 2021 a standard 10.25″ very large center display with the latest-generation Mazda Connect infotainment. A new Carbon Edition trim model offers unique styling and premium features to the CX-9 lineup. The new CX-9 includes technology and styling upgrades at a very good value price.
This CX-9 has captivated with its wonderful large space, good performance and handling. Mazda has shown that it can build a spacious and large SUV, with a comfortable and sporty ride. The new CX-9 is a full-size SUV with three rows and seven seats to bring all the family onboard.
The new 2021 enhanced CX-9 received the latest-generation technology features, a more luxurious style, and several premium features.
The Mazda CX-9 was considered as the safest car of Mazda brand in 2020.
Highlights of the Mazda CX-9 SUV
- 26 mpg highway
- 250 horsepower
- 320 pound-feet of torque
- 2.5 Dynamic Pressure Turbo engine
- I-ACTIV AWD all-wheel-drive system with Off-road Traction Assist
- Six-speed Skyactiv-Drive automatic transmission
- 3 rows of seating for up to 6 passengers
- 20″ aluminum-alloy wheels with Brilliant Silver finish
- LED overhead accent lighting
- Nappa leather seating and trim
- 2nd-row captain’s chairs with center console
- Genuine aluminum trim with a unique design
- Genuine Santos Rosewood inlays
- 10.25″ large center display
- Mazda Connect infotainment
- Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
- Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go
Trim Models and Pricing for the 2021 Mazda CX-9 SUV
The advanced i-Activ All-Wheel Drive and Front Wheel Drive are available in All Models, except the CX-9 Signature that is only available as AWD.
2021 Mazda CX-9 Sport
$35,060 Starting MSRP
2021 Mazda CX-9 Touring
$36,850 Starting MSRP
2021 Mazda CX-9 Carbon Edition
$42,180 Starting MSRP
2021 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring
$43,040 Starting MSRP
2021 Mazda CX-9 Signature (the one I am driving)
$47,705 Starting MSRP
Engine and Performance
The top of the lineup trim level CX-9 Signature offers all of the appealing and driving dynamics with standard i-Activ all-wheel drive. It is fast and powerful. The Skyactiv-G 2.5 Turbo engine equipped on all CX-9 models delivers a robust 320 lb-ft of torque and 250 horsepower on premium gasoline or 310 lb-ft of torque and 227 horsepower on regular gasoline.
This turbocharged engine is paired with a fast and smooth quick-shifting, six-speed Skyactiv-Drive automatic transmission and has standard G-Vectoring Control Plus. Mazda’s predictive i-Activ all-wheel drive with off-road traction assist is standard in the CX-9 Signature trim model, and also available on all other CX-9 trim levels.
Mazda offers in general very attractive exterior designs in several of its models and the CX-9 is not the exception for this amazing design, it looks great.
The new titanium gray metallic finish front grille design creates a very bold design combined with the LED grille accent lighting. The new 20-inch brilliant silver finish aluminum-alloy wheels and larger dual tailpipes round out the elegant and exciting styling.
The CX-9 Signature interior cabin is adorned with Nappa leather and features a larger 10.25-inch center display producing a premium first-class atmosphere on the inside.
The 2nd-row captain’s chairs provide the ultimate comfort, while new patterned aluminum trim accents, with elegant details like the new quilting and piping on seats. The second-row captain’s chairs and the modern center console produce a premium experience.
More interior details like armrest storage compartment, heated seat buttons and cupholders, Nappa leather seats, Santos Rosewood interior trim, and unique steering wheel stitching.
Modern technologies like Mazda Connected Services, via the MyMazda App give you more control over the CX-9 functionality, you can remotely start the engine, lock or unlock your doors, access vehicle status reports and other advanced features.
Mazda safety suite I-Activsense safety features are standard in the CX-9, including Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop and go function, Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning with Lane-Keep Assist and Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.
Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Day and Night-time Pedestrian Detection helps detect vehicles and pedestrians in the path. If an impact with an object or person is predicted, the system will warn the driver and, if necessary, apply the brakes to stop the CX-9 and prevent an accident.
Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go maintains a set speed and minimum following distance from the traffic ahead.
Mazda Warranty for the 2021 CX-9 SUV
Every new Mazda comes with a limited warranty that provides coverage in the unlikely event a repair is needed in the first 3 to 5 years or 36,000 to 60,000 miles, of ownership. Mazda also provides Roadside Assistance for specific warranties. There is also a Breaks warranty and High-Performance Replacement Battery Warranty
- 3-year/36,000-mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty
- 5-year/60,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty
- 3-year/36,000-mile1 24/7 Roadside Assistance Program