Sunroof, Navigation, Back Up Camera, Heated & Ventilated Front Seats, Heated Second-Row Captain’s Chairs, Heated Steering Wheel, Blind-Spot Monitoring, Lane-Departure Warning/Lane-Keep Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Power Rear Liftgate, 12-Speaker Bose Premium Audio System, 360° View Monitor, Front & Rear Parking Sensors, Apple CarPlay / Android Auto, Windshield-Projected Colour Active Driving Display (Head Up Display), 20″ Gunmetal Finish Alloy Wheels, Signature Grille Illumination, Deep Chestnut Nappa Leather-Trimmed Upholstery with Premium Stitching Detail, Second-Row Captain’s Chairs with Premium Centre Console Armrest & Storage Compartment, 6-Seat Capacity, Santos Rosewood-Trimmed Centre Console Panel & Door Switch Panel, Skyactiv-G 2.5 T with Dynamic Pressure Turbo (DPT) DOHC 16-Valve 4-Cylinder 250 hp, 6-Speed Automatic w/ Manual-Shift and Sport Mode, i-Activ All-Wheel-Drive, Balance of Factory Warranty and ONLY 6,500 km
The 2020 Mazda CX-9 is proof that a fun-to-drive formula used for small cars like the Mazda 3 can also work on a three-row SUV. Drivers will be impressed with its handling, smooth ride and fuel economy. In a class of large vehicles, those three strengths make the CX-9 a break from the norm.
In a segment where V-6 power is basic, Mazda took a risk by offering a turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the CX-9’s sole powertrain in the hope of gaining a fuel-economy advantage. It sounds gutsy and managed an impressive result in our acceleration testing, where it scooted from zero to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds. The 2020 CX-9 is clearly the driving enthusiast’s family hauler. Surprisingly light on its feet, it often feels as if you’re driving a smaller SUV. The suspension is firm, but it’s still supple enough riding over rough stretches of road. The firm suspension and accurate steering culminate in superior cornering control.
MOTOR TREND REVIEW: “The biggest change to the CX-9 Signature Editon for 2020 is the addition of the captain’s chairs, and they made a massive difference in the way my family was able to experience the long ride. Because there’s just four of us, the lack of a middle seat in the second row wasn’t a problem at all, and the heated rear chairs with their fore and aft adjustment were hugely appreciated. In fact, at one point the Mazda’s cabin got surprisingly quiet, and when I looked around at my passengers, everyone was snuggled up and catching some shut-eye while I dutifully piloted us through the night.
Comfort Like We’ve Never Known – We’re big fans of Las Vegas and have made the drive to Sin City more than a few times. The list of cars we’ve taken includes a Jaguar XJ8, an Acura MDX, and a Golf GTI. The reason I’m telling you this is because the CX-9 was easily the most comfortable, most cosseting cruiser we’ve had for the long, straight haul up I-15. The suspension soaked up any lumps or potholes in the neglected pavement, and the interior was quiet and removed from the outside world, just like you’d want it to be on a long journey. We’re officially spoiled!”
Mazda’s Magnetic Gray Metallic paint is brilliant under the light and the crossover’s crisp, swooping lines catch the sun in just the right way. While it sports a fairly large grille, the designers seem to have gotten it right—I didn’t even notice how large it is until I reviewed the photos. The CX-9’s 20-inch wheels have a nice luster to them and appear to be the perfect size to compliment the vehicle’s tall, long, and slightly wagon-like proportions. The LED front and rear lighting provide the finishing touches on a decidedly premium exterior.
It’s not often, but when we’re asked to drive a crossover, an offering from Mazda is usually our first pick.
As much as we’d all love to have a Miata for our daily driver, grown-up lives come with grown-up responsibilities—and the 2020 Mazda CX-9 SUV is a great compromise. Its sharp handling and gutsy turbocharged four-cylinder engine helps it channel Mazda’s lightweight sports car while hauling the kids or taking home groceries from the supermarket. Swooping exterior styling wraps around an interior that would look at home in a luxury car, and Mazda offers plenty of tech features that SUV buyers want most. A suite of driver-assistance features is standard and a dash-top infotainment display provides access to media, maps, and more.
PREMIUM APPEAL, MAINSTREAM PRICE – If you had to guess the 2020 Mazda CX-9’s price just by looking at it, you’d probably start off where the top-line Signature model ends. To get a family friendly SUV that looks and performs like the CX-9 is a game changer.
HIGH TORQUE, HIGH EFFICIENCY – While most people care only about a car’s horsepower, it’s the torque figure that really counts. With 320 lb-ft of torque at a low 2,800 rpm, the CX-9 has the muscle to move quickly off the line, and pass even faster when moving at highway speeds.
As far as three-row haulers go, the CX-9 is a handsome thing.