There are several three-row family SUV’s available these days, but you won’t find one that provides the perfect trifecta of exquisite styling, nimble handling and comfortable cabin you’ll get with the 2020 Mazda CX-9. Seating up to seven passengers, the CX-9 is an SUV that will win the heart of even the most jaded driving enthusiast. This is a vehicle that Chandler Mazda owners will find to be fun to drive, whether running errands or going for a long weekend trip.
Chandler Mazda shoppers report that they love the 2020 Mazda CX-9’s beautiful interior, which provides a level of extravagance that rivals some luxury SUVs. The CX-9 comes with a wide array of standard driver-assist features. The user-friendly infotainment system displays media, maps and a lot more. Passengers in the second row will appreciate the newly available captain’s chairs, which makes long drives even more comfortable.
The automotive media is enthusiastic about the 2020 Mazda CX-9. Consumer Reports writes: “[T]he CX-9 is particularly agile, comfortable riding, and quiet among affordable midsized three-row SUVs. Long, sleek, and rakish, the CX-9 has a presence that contrasts with some rivals that come across as tall wagons in a ‘rugged’ off-roader costume. ... [T]he CX-9 is a compelling alternative to the more popular players.”
The 2020 Mazda CX-9 is offered in four trim levels: Sport, Touring, Grand Touring and Signature. The CX-9 employs a 2.5-liter turbo-four engine that’s good for 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque with premium gas. With regular, those numbers drop slightly to 227 hp and 310 lb-ft. A six-speed automatic gearbox sends power to the wheels. Front-wheel drive is standard on all trims but the Signature, which comes with all-wheel drive. Buyers can add all-wheel drive to the other trims.
The Mazda CX-9’s incredible handling is assisted by Mazda’s standard G-Vectoring Control Plus system. This setup enables the CX-9 to take corners effortlessly. When the vehicle turns, the system applies brake force to the outer wheels to increase stability. Drivers who need power for towing will appreciate the CX-9’s 3,500-pound maximum towing capacity.
Mazda’s user-friendly infotainment system is standard. The entry-level Sport model comes with a 7.0-inch screen, while the other trims get an 8.0-inch display. The system can be controlled via a rotary knob, a touchscreen, buttons on the center console or voice commands. Other standard features include Bluetooth, HD radio and apps for Aha, Stitcher and Pandora.
The IIHS gave the 2020 Mazda CX-9 its highest rating of Good in all crash tests and named it a Top Safety Pick+ model. The CX-9 received the top marks of five stars by the NHTSA for overall safety.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2020 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.