Anyone looking for a three-row family SUV that offers plenty of room to comfortably transport a crowd should take a look at the 2020 Mazda CX-9. The CX-9 can seat up to seven passengers comfortably. While most vehicles in this class don’t pay much attention to exterior styling, this is an area where the Mazda CX-9 really stands out. On the inside, you’ll be treated to a level of luxury you’d expect to find in a more expensive vehicle. Phoenix Mazda shoppers tell us the CX-9 is one of the few vehicles in this segment that’s fun to drive.
Phoenix Mazda owners love the available second-row captain’s chairs and the new optional 9-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system. We’ll examine the CX-9 trim levels and look at the features each one brings to the table.
CX-9 Trim Levels
The 2020 Mazda CX-9 is available in four trim levels, listed as Sport, Touring, Grand Touring and Signature. All models employ a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that’s connected to a six-speed automatic transmission. With premium gas, this powerplant puts out 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque. With regular gas, these figures drop slightly to 227 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. The Sport, Touring and Grand Touring trims get standard front-wheel drive. The top-line Signature comes with Mazda’s i-Activ all-wheel-drive system, which is optional on the other trims.
The CX-9 Sport may be the base trim, but it still gets a wide array of standard features, including a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, heated front seats, keyless entry, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support, 18-inch alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, automatic high-beam control and rain-sensing wipers. The standard infotainment system features a 7-inch touchscreen, a stereo system with six speakers, and two USB ports.
Standard safety technology features include blind-spot monitoring, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear cross-traffic alert, radar cruise control and a rearview camera.
Move up to the Touring trim, and you’ll get some notable upgrades, including a six-way power adjustable front passenger seat, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 9-inch touchscreen and two additional USB ports. Other features that are standard on the Touring include sliding second-row seats, leather-trimmed seats in the first and second rows, a center armrest with two cupholders, automatic headlights, a power liftgate, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, pedestrian detection and lane keep assist.
The Grand Touring trim comes with adaptive front lighting, LED fog lights, 20-inch wheels, a heated steering wheel, a power moonroof, ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats and second-row sunshades. Music lovers will enjoy the 12-speaker Bose premium audio system. Other standard features include front and rear parking sensors, a navigation system, traffic sign recognition, surround-view monitoring and two third-row USB ports.
At the top of the CX-9 lineup, the Signature trim includes Nappa leather upholstery, Santos Rosewood interior trim, LED accent lighting, exclusive Signature badging and exterior LED grill accent lighting.