The 2022 Mazda CX-9 features a new trim line that includes the optional features of the Touring trim plus a few additional premium features to lessen the price gap to the Grand Touring trim. All-wheel drive is now standard on all trims.
Choosing Your Mazda CX-9
The Mazda CX-9 is available in six trim levels, Sport, Touring, Touring Plus, Carbon Edition, Grand Touring, and Signature, with base prices ranging from $36,455 to $48,385.
The large crossover is solely fitted with a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 250 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque at a low 2,500 rpm. A six-speed automatic routes power to all four wheels.
The CX-9 earns an EPA-estimated 20 miles per gallon city, 26 mpg highway, and 23 combined.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The CX-9 can be configured to seat up to seven while second-row captain’s chairs are a no-cost option on the Touring, Touring Plus, and Grand Touring trims and are standard on the Carbon Edition and Signature Edition trims.
Those in the second row are provided 38.5 inches of headroom and 39.4 inches of legroom while those in the third row make do with 35.4 inches of headroom and 29.7 inches of legroom which is slightly less space than in the Pilot.
There is 14.4 cubic feet of space behind the third row which grows to 38.2 cubic feet with the third row folded and 71.2 cubic feet with the second row folded. Those figures are less than the Pilot and the shorter Toyota Highlander.
The Mazda’s 3,500-pound towing capacity is also less than most of the competition.
The CX-9 features automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot notification with rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, lake keep assist, rain-sensing wipers, and automatic high beams. The Touring Plus trim gains parking sensors while the Carbon Edition gains reverse automatic braking, and the Grand Touring features traffic sign recognition.
The CX-9 receives a 2021 Top Safety Pick+ award with top scores for headlight performance and vehicle-to-vehicle crash prevention and a top five-star rating from NHTSA.
All trims feature a 10.25-inch infotainment display with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, HD Radio, and remote connected services compatibility. The Touring Plus gains SiriusXM and a Bose Centerpoint 2 with AudioPilot premium sound system with 12-speaker and the Grand Touring gains navigation.
Two USB ports are standard and that count grows to four in the Touring and six in the Touring Plus (two for each row) where a wireless charger is also included.
The base Sport trim is well equipped with LED taillights, daytime running lights, and headlights with automatic height control, 18-inch wheels, heated mirrors with integrated turn signals, dual exhaust outlets, cloth seating with an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 4.6-inch driver information display, a three-zone climate control, and power windows with one-touch up/down functionality.
The Touring trim gains proximity entry, a power tailgate, leather-trimmed seating with heating for the front, a six-way power-adjustable passenger seat, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
The Touring Premium Package is available for $2,060 and includes the upgraded sound system, SiriusXM, LED fog lights, a sunroof, second-row sunshades, additional USB ports, and a wireless charging pad.
The new Touring Plus trim takes the Touring trim’s available features and furthermore adds 20-inch wheels, a gloss black grille, aluminum roof rails with a satin chrome finish, ventilated front seats, memory positioning, and a frameless rearview mirror.
The Carbon Edition is available only in a unique gray metallic paint and adds a host of notable features such as chrome exterior moldings, adaptive headlights, a windshield wiper de-icer, black power-folding mirrors, a hands-free power tailgate, red leather-trimmed seats, aluminum and black interior trim, ambient lighting, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, and a seven-inch driver information display.
The Grand Touring features a bright chrome grille, bright 20-inch wheels, and matches the key features included in the Carbon Edition.
The top-tier Signature trim is distinguished by its grille’s silver finish and LED accent lighting, a wood interior trim, and premium leather seats that feature a quilted stitch pattern.
The new Touring Plus includes the popular features of the Touring trim’s optional package and adds several premium features and a bit of style without losing its sense of affordability.