The Mazda CX-9 has received a minor revision in the U.S. with the addition of new features and price adjustments for 2020.
Under its hood, the 2.5-liter turbocharged mill generates 250 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque (10 lb-ft more than before) on 93 octane gasoline. It’s coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission and Mazda’s i-ACTIV all-wheel drive in the Signature grade. As for the rest of the trims, these two features are available as options.
When chosen with all-wheel drive, the 2020 CX-9 is the brand’s first car to come with the new off-road traction assist. It’s now being used instead of the regular traction control. The good thing about it is that it can detect slipping from diagonal wheels, and react to that by lowering the torque and intensifying the braking force at those corners, sending power to the remaining wheels on the ground and helping the car restore traction. The G-Vectoring Control Plus is available as standard.
Other highlights include the new second-row captain’s chairs offered as an option to make the vehicle more comfortable when driven on a long journey. In addition, if you buy the Signature or Grand Touring model, you’ll get an electric tailgate.
The base CX-9 Sport is equipped with heated front seats with electronic positioning control on the driver side, heated side view mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, dusk-sensing headlights, and High Beam Control. The car rides on a set of 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels. It also sports rear privacy glass, LED exterior lights, 7-inch infotainment system, tri-zone climate control, keyless entry and go, and reversing camera among others. The new CX-9 Sport is priced from $33,790 with front-wheel drive or $35,690 with all-wheel drive.
Mazda’s i-ACTIVSENSE safety suite package is also standard, meaning that the CX-9 comes with Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Smart Brake Support with Collision Warning, Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and radar cruise control with stop and go function.
The CX-9 Touring costs $35,610 (FWD) or $37,510 (AWD) and gets a 9-inch infotainment system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, power liftgate, power-sliding and tilting second-row bench, leather trim, and others. The Touring with Premium Package introduces front and rear parking sensors, Bose premium audio system, SiriusXM with three-month trial subscription, a power-operated moonroof, second-row retractable sunshades, a couple of USB ports in the third row, and LED fog lamps for a $2,100 more.
Starting at $41,450 with FWD and $43,350 with AWD, the CX-9 Grand Touring can be configured with the optional heated 2nd-row captain’s chairs. Passengers at the rear can set the temperature they want by using the HVAC controls on the backside of the front center console.
The CX-9 Signature costs from $46,115, with all-wheel drive as the only drivetrain option. It features second-row individual seats and a center console with more storage space and access to a pair of USB ports and a pair of cup holders. The interior has been revised and is available in two choices: the Deep Chestnut and Parchment Nappa leather. As for the exterior, color options now include Soul Red Crystal.
Last but not least, it should be noted that all the said prices don’t include the $1,045 destination charge and other additional fees. In Alaska, the delivery charge is $1,090.