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2021 Mazda CX-9 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: November 2, 2020

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The 2021 Mazda CX-9 is one of the best handling three-row SUVs, that certainly offers athletic driving engagement with a turbocharged four-cylinder under the hood. The Mazda's interior offers a luxurious experience of German offerings and comes loaded with plenty of standard and optional features. The exterior is familiar, sleek, and modern yet a bit underrated and comes with premium paint options. A generous list of standard driver-assistance features adds confidence to the brand's hallmark driving impression.

The 2021 CX-9 model sees some minor changes after getting more torque and driver-assist features last year, to keep it fresh in front of rivals. Majorly impacting the styling and amenities, the 2021 update includes a larger infotainment screen and a new Carbon Edition package based on CX-9 Touring. Priced from $33,960, the base 2021 Mazda CX-9 Sport offers a host of goodies, while the top-range CX-9 Signature goes upto an MSRP of $46,605 with standard i-Active AWD.

2021 Mazda CX-9 Review and Buying Guide
Gets bigger infotainment and small price increase for 2021 model!

Though some of 2021 Mazda CX-9 rivals offer more towing capacity, and cargo and passenger space, it's a high-value three-row SUV for families and driving enthusiasts. This biggest Mazda car competes in the mid-size segment with the Honda Passport, Hyundai Palisade, Volkswagen Atlas. The 2021 CX-9 is on sale, and here’s our review and buying guide of the 2021 Mazda CX-9.

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Pros

Agile and Lively Handling

Excellent MPG ratings, Fuel efficient powertrain

Near-Luxurious Cabin

Peppy Turbocharged Engine

Cons

Small Cargo Space with upright third-row

Cramped third-row seat

Tow Rating limited to 3,500 pounds

What's New?

A new 10.3-inch infotainment display is now standard across the range

A new trim level: Carbon Edition

Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$33960

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

152

horsepower

227 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

310 lbs.-ft @ 2000 rpm

transmission

6-Speed Automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

MacPherson strut with stabilizer bar

suspension rear

Multilink with stabilizer bar

brake rotors (f/r)

12.6/12.8

dimensions

wheelbase

115.3 in.

length

199.4 in.

width

77.5 in.

height

67.6 in.

curb weight

4225 lbs.

ground clearance

8.8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

135.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

71.2 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

1445 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.1 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/24/28 mpg

highway range

532 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. /unlimited


Pictures & Videos

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Styles

2021 Mazda CX-9 in Deep Crystal Blue Mica color 2021 Mazda CX-9 in Jet Black color 2021 Mazda CX-9 in Machine Gray Metallic color 2021 Mazda CX-9 in Sonic Silver Metallic color
Deep Crystal Blue Mica

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

7.5

Engine And Performance

8.9

Fuel Economy

8.5

Interior

8.2

Exterior

8.1

Safety

8.1

Competition

8.5

8.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Mazda CX-9 Sport

Sport

power
227 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$33,960 - $35,860


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $33,960 MSRP (22/23/26) 227 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
6-speed Automatic front wheel drive 7
Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $35,860 MSRP (20/23/26) 227 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
6-speed Automatic all wheel drive 7

2021 Mazda CX-9 Touring

Touring

power
227 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$35,750 - $37,650


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Touring 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $35,750 MSRP (22/23/26) 227 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
6-speed Automatic front wheel drive 7
Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $37,650 MSRP (20/23/26) 227 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
6-speed Automatic all wheel drive 7

2021 Mazda CX-9 Touring Premium Package

Touring Premium Package

power
227 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$37,810 - $39,710


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Touring 4dr SUV w/Premium Pkg (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $37,810 MSRP (20/23/26) 227 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
6-speed Automated manual all wheel drive 7
Touring 4dr SUV AWD w/Premium Pkg (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $39,710 MSRP (20/23/26) 227 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
6-speed Automatic all wheel drive 7

2021 Mazda CX-9 Carbon Edition

Carbon Edition

power
227 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Intercooled turbo regular unleaded i-4
mpg
24 combined

$41,080 - $42,980


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Carbon Edition 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $41,080 MSRP (22/24/28) 227 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, Intercooled turbo regular unleaded i-4
TBD TBD 6
Carbon Edition 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $42,980 MSRP (20/23/26) 227 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, Intercooled turbo regular unleaded i-4
TBD TBD 6

2021 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring

Grand Touring

power
227 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$41,940 - $43,840


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Grand Touring 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $41,940 MSRP (22/23/26) 227 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
6-speed Automatic front wheel drive 7
Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $43,840 MSRP (20/23/26) 227 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
6-speed Automatic all wheel drive 7

2021 Mazda CX-9 Signature

Signature

power
227 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$46,605


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Signature 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $46,605 MSRP (20/23/26) 227 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
6-speed Automatic all wheel drive 6

Expert Review

8.3

Overall Rating


A very good looking mid-size crossover SUV from the Japanese automaker, the  2021 Mazda CX-9 combines a driving verve of sports sedan and practicality of a three-row SUV. Currently, in its second generation introduced for the 2016 model year, the 2021 CX-9 is a face-lifted rather than an all-new model. Not much has changed under the hood which has a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder still producing 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque on premium gasoline while the power drops to 227 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque on regular fuel.

The Mazda CX-9 offers a rare combination of the family-friendly and driver-friendly SUV. Mazda's largest vehicle also happens to have so many features along with wonderful styling inside and out- almost matching the luxury standards. The CX-9 also has great reliability ratings, excellent gas mileage, great driver assistance technology, and good crash test scores. For the $33,960 starting price, it certainly feels more expensive than it actually is. 


7.5/10
Features

8.9/10
Engine and Performance

8.5/10
Fuel Economy

8.2/10
Interior

8.1/10
Exterior

8.1/10
Safety

8.5/10
Competition


2021 Mazda CX-9 Features

7.5/10

Having received minor tweaks, the 2021 Mazda CX-9 is available in five different trim levels as the outgoing model viz. Sport, Touring, new-for-2021 Carbon Edition, Grand Touring, and Signature. The 2021 Mazda CX-9 Sport has an MSRP of $33,960, Touring trim starts at $36,850, and the 2021 CX-9 Carbon Edition at $42,180, and it’s $43,040 for the Grand Touring. Add the $1,100 as a destination charge to the prices.

2021 Mazda CX-9 goes on sale with a starting MSRP of $33,960!

The available all-wheel-drive costs $1,900 extra. The range-topping Signature trim with all-wheel drive as standard is priced at $47,705. If you opt for popular Soul Red Crystal Metallic / Machine Gray Metallic/  Snowflake White Pearl Mica paintwork add another $595.

Trim

Sport

Touring

Carbon Edition

Grand Touring

Signature

MSRP (FWD)

$33,960

$35,750

$41,080

$41,940

-

MSRP (AWD) $35,860 $37,650 $42,980 $43,840 $46,605

Key Features

18-inch alloy wheels with a gray metallic finish

In addition to or replaces the Sport trim features with:

In addition to or replaces the Touring trim features with:

In addition to or replaces the Touring trim features with:

In addition to or replaces the Grand Touring trim features with:

 

10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment with 6-speaker audio system

Heated and power-adjustable 6-way passenger seat

Polymetal Gray exterior paint job, gloss black side mirrors, and redesigned gloss black front grille

360-degree view monitor with front and rear parking sensors

Standard All-wheel drive system

 

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Mazda Connected Services, Remote Status with MyMazda app

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility

20-inch black metallic alloy wheels, satin chrome roof rails, chrome lower exterior accents

Active driving display with Traffic Sign Recognition and  Mazda Navigation System

Titanium gray metallic finish front grille with LED grille accent lighting

 

Heated and power-adjustable 6-way driver’s seat with lumbar support

Upgraded slide and tilt function on second-row seats Red leather-trimmed seats with heated captain chairs in the second row and metallic black inserts in the dashboard, door handles, and hand bezels

20-inch alloy wheels with a silver metallic finish

Nappa Leather upholstery with Santos Rosewood Interior trim and unique stitching on steering wheel

 

The leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob

Power liftgate

Ventilated front seats with 8-way power-adjustable driver seat with power lumbar support and memory

Automatic power-folding side-mirrors

Quilted and piped inserts in front two rows of seats, patterned aluminum insert in the dashboard, door panels, and hand bezels

 

Automatic on/off LED Headlamps with auto-leveling, LED Taillamps, and DRLs.

Leather-trimmed first and second-row seats with 2 USB Charging ports

Heated steering wheel with Paddle Shifters, 7-inch reconfigurable TFT digital driver screen, 

The adaptive front lighting system

20-inch wheels with brilliant silver finish and dual exhaust tailpipes
 

Mazda i-Activsense safety suite with Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Pre-Collision Brake Assist, and Keyless Entry

Auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink

Smart City Brake Support Reverse and Driver Attention Alert  

Heated seat buttons and cupholders

 

 

Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry

LED ambient cabin lighting, Frameless rear-view mirror, and windshield wiper de-icer, and a hands-free power liftgate

 

 

 

The base Sport trim prices start at $33,960 for which it comes loaded with a lot of standard interiors and safety features on offer including 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and 6 speaker audio system. The driver-assistance technology includes Mazda's i-Activsense safety suite with features such as radar cruise control with stop. 

The Touring trim is priced at $35,750 and builds on the CX-9 Sport. Upgraded features include leather-trimmed seats, heated and power-adjustable passenger seat, a power liftgate, HomeLink, Mazda Advanced Keyless entry, and upgraded slide and tilt functionality for second-row seats.

A Luxurious interior and a new 10.25 Infotainment System raises the appeal of the 2021 CX-9!

The Carbon Edition trim is priced at $41,080 is an all-new trim that comes with aggressive styling upgrades in gloss black, redesigned front grille, bigger 20-inch alloy wheels, ventilated front seats, reconfigurable 7-inch driver TFT screen, and Smart City Brake Support Reverse and Driver Attention Alert. 

The Grand Touring trim starts at $41,940 and comes with added safety features like a 360-degree view monitor with front and rear park assist, an Active driving display with Traffic Sign Recognition, and an adaptive front lighting system.

The most expensive CX-9 Signature trim is priced at $46,605 and comes with standard i-Active AWD. It adds luxury features like Nappa Leather upholstery, quilting inserts in seats, rosewood and aluminum inserts in interior panels, and LED accent lighting in the grille

2021 Mazda CX-9 Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

The Japanese automakers are known for their build quality and tremendous reliability, and the Mazda CX-9 is no exception. The 2021 CX-9 is built to last as some of the most premium-grade materials are used inside and out. 

What are the 2021 Mazda CX-9's Reliability and Ownership Cost?

It is not a surprise that the 2021 Mazda CX-9 managed to get a good 77 out of 100 in J.D.Power’s Quality and Reliability rating, but rapid depreciation of the car resulted in a below-average score of 74 out of 100 in Resale Value rating. The 2021 model should also be in a similar ballpark, if not the same.

Mazda CX-9 has a proven reliability record!

Apart from the CX-9's great reputation for reliability, it comes with an excellent fuel economy, superb driver assistance technology, and admirable crash test scores. Among the equipment available is a nearly clairvoyant i-ACTIV all-wheel-drive system.

In terms of ownership costs, the Mazda CX-9 costs what is typical for your average mid-size crossover SUV. On average, you will have to shell out roughly about $55,000 to $67,000 in 5 years in terms of ownership cost when you buy a brand new Mazda CX-9. This is not a surprise for a decently up-market sporty crossover SUV. But the CX-9 does tend to depreciate in value quite quickly, which affects its resale value.

Year

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Total

Tax Credit

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

Insurance

$1,415

$1,465

$1,516

$1,569

$1,624

$7,589

Maintenance

$418

$802

$861

$2,247

$2,502

$6,830

Repairs

$0

$0

$150

$357

$525

$1,032

Taxes & Fees

$3,568

$256

$227

$199

$167

$4,417

Financing

$2,288

$1,839

$1,362

$852

$308

$6,649

Depreciation

$10,128

$4,502

$4,262

$4,997

$4,733

$28,622

Fuel

$2,282

$2,350

$2,421

$2,494

$2,568

$12,115

True Cost to Own

$20,099

$11,214

$10,799

$12,715

$12,427

$67,254

The average price paid for the 2020 Mazda CX-9 is about $33,233. The people from Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon, Atlanta, and Delaware enjoy the lowest prices as they have exempted the sales taxes. Considering the fact that the 2020 Mazda CX-9 has no recalls till now and only a single complaint, it showcases the good build quality and tremendous reliability of Mazda cars.

What's the Warranty coverage with the 2021 Mazda CX-9?

Just like the 2020 model, the 2021 Mazda CX-9 will also be backed up by your regular array of limited warranties, typical for any car in the crossover SUV segment. The warranties expected to be included for the 2021 Mazda CX-9 are: 

Criteria

Period

New Vehicle Limited Warranty

3 years/ 36,000 miles

Powertrain Limited Warranty

5 years/ 60,000 miles

Roadside Assistance Program

3 years / 36,000 miles

The warranty scheme for the Mazda CX-9 is quite underwhelming to be honest, especially with competitors providing better warranties than it. Hyundai offers a powertrain warranty for 10 years or 100,000 miles and a complimentary maintenance schedule of 3 years or 36,000 which makes it the best warranty coverage in the American market. 

What're the Miles Per Dollar cost of the 2021 Mazda CX-9?

Considering driving for 15,000 miles per year on average and a running cost of around $2300 and a yearly maintenance cost of $440, Mazda CX-9 stands roughly in the neighborhood of 5-6 miles per dollar.

2021 Mazda CX-9 Buying Advice

Just like the 2020 model, the 2021 Mazda CX-9 is available in four different trim levels viz. Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, and Signature. And although the base Sport trim should be adequate enough for most people with its long list of standard and luxury features, the Grand Touring trim is the spot in terms of bang for your buck. You get a whole lot of luxury upgrades for your price which is quite worth the extra cash and make your experience in the car a whole lot better.

Is buying a used car Mazda CX-9 a good idea?

Since Japanese cars are pretty well made and are very reliable, which is evident from J.D. Power’s reports as well, buying a used Mazda CX-9 should never be an issue, given the car has been decently well maintained and regularly serviced. But the CX-9 did score a below-average score of 74 out of 100 in the Resale Value rating which does correlate with the car depreciation rate. Although being a decently low maintenance car for its segment, the used Mazda CX-9s tend to lose somewhere around 21% of its value in its first year, which although is not the worst, but is not that good at the same time

Confused about buying a new or used Mazda CX-9, below is everything!

Here are the key changes for the second-generation Mazda CX-9 which was last redesigned for the 2016 model year:

2021 Mazda CX-9 Engine and Performance

8.9/10

Being mechanically unchanged, the 2021 Mazda CX-9 is powered by a familiar 2.5L turbocharged Inline 4-cylinder engine producing  250 HP and 320 lb-ft of torque on 93 Octane premium unleaded fuel while the figures drop to 227 HP and 310 lb-ft of torque on 87 Octane regular unleaded fuel. The CX-9's six-speed automatic transmission offers seamless shifts and comes standard with Front-wheel-drive. The all-wheel-drive is available and standard on the CX-9 Signature.

2021 Mazda CX-9's turbocharged engine never feels underpowered!

The 2.5-liter engine makes the CX-9 quick off the line and makes most of its 320 lb-ft of torque at as-low-as 2,000 rpm. Using smart exhaust management, Mazda’s CX-9 crossover SUV offers quick throttle response which virtually erases that minor turbo lag as well.

Models

2021 Mazda CX-9

2021 Honda Passport

2021 Hyundai Palisade

2021 Volkswagen Atlas

MSRP

$33,960

$32,900

$35,525

$31,545

Engine

2.5L turbocharged Inline-4

3.5L V6

3.8L V6

2.0L turbocharged Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power

227 HP @ 5000 RPM

280 HP @ 6000 RPM

291 HP @ 6000 RPM

235 HP @ 4500 RPM

Torque

310 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM

262 lb-ft @ 4700 RPM

262 lb-ft @ 5200 RPM

258 lb-ft @ 1600 RPM

Although not one of the most powerful cars in the bunch, the Mazda CX-9 is decently powerful with respect to its engine capacity and fuel-efficient at the same time. That being said, you could always churn out more power by using high-octane fuel. Hyundai Palisade proves that there is no replacement for displacement and number of cylinders as it makes the most amount of grunt with its big V6 motor

What're the 2021 Mazda CX-9's 0-60 mph Acceleration and Braking Performance?

The 2.5L turbocharged Inline-4 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission is capable of catapulting the 2021 CX-9 from 0 to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds and all the way up to a speed of 130 mph. The turbocharged CX-9 never feels underpowered and delivers power comparative to a V6 engine. Even on a full load, the midsize 3-row crossover is quick off-the-line with no turbo lag.

2021 Mazda CX-9 goes from 0-60 MPH in just 7.1 Sec!

With regards to the brakes in the car, CX-9 is equipped with 12.6” vented discs at the front with 12.8” solid discs at the back. The specs also include 4-wheel 4-channel ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist.

Models

2021 Mazda CX-9 

2021 Honda Passport

2021 Hyundai Palisade

2021 Volkswagen Atlas

0-60 MPH

7.1 secs

6.2 secs

7.2 secs

7.2 secs

Quarter Mile

15.5 secs

14.7 secs

15.3 secs

14.9 secs

Top Speed 

130 MPH

130MPH

130MPH

NA

60-0 MPH

123 ft

126 ft

126 ft

NA

Not one of the quickest of the bunch, the performance figures of the Mazda CX-9 is typical for your regular mid-size crossover SUV that both a family and driving enthusisats can enjoy. Nonetheless, the Mazda CX-9 is comparatively more athletic than most of its competitors, and its sporty characteristics more than makeup for it. On the downside, the CX-9 has a max towing capacity of 3,500 pounds while most rivals can tow around 5,000 pounds.

How is the Ride and Handling of the 2021 Mazda CX-9?

All Mazda cars are known to have engaging driving dynamics while still keeping the ride comfortable for the passengers. For the size of a 3-row crossover, The 2021 CX-9 is fun to drive, thanks to composed cornering and well-weighted steering. Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control Plus is behind CX-9's impressive cornering ability. 

2021 Mazda CX-9 offers a comfortable ride and sharp handling!

Equipped with 4-wheel independent suspension, CX-9 absorbs the bumps comfortably while the cabin is well-insulated for any road noise to interfere. Although the turbocharged 4-cylinder engine isn't overly powerful yet it never lets the energy level go down. Of course, getting the larger 20" alloy wheels can firm the ride a bit. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

2021 Mazda CX-9 Fuel Economy

8.5/10

The 2021 CX-9 with front-wheel-drive gets an EPA Fuel Economy ratings of 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Those are the best MPG numbers in the segment. With the all-wheel-drive setup, the CX-9's gas mileage drops 2 mpg. The turbocharged four-cylinder engine of the CX-9 is capable of delivering an impressive combined mileage of 24 mpg on average.

Model

2021 Mazda CX-9

2021 Honda Passport

2021 Hyundai Palisade

2021 Volkswagen Atlas

MPG (City)

22

20

19

21

MPG (Highway)

28

25

26

24

MPG (Combined)

24

22

22

22

Fuel Capacity

19.0 gallons

19.5 gallons

18.8 gallons

18.6 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

418 / 532 /456 miles

390 / 488/ 429 miles

357 / 489/ 413 miles

391 / 446.4/ 409 miles

The Mazda CX-9 is definitely the winner here with the most economical mileage figures among its rivals. Honda has the largest fuel tank among the competition, still, CX-9's range of 532 miles on the highway is class-leading, thanks to the best mpg figures and a 19.0-gallon fuel tank size. among the rivals thanks to a small four-cylinder engine and a big fuel-tank capacity. 

2021 Mazda CX-9 Interior

8.2/10

Mazda has updated the interiors of the 2021 CX-9, a three-row SUV which seats 7 comfortably. The CX-9's cabin is full of upscale materials and attention-to-details but compared with other SUVs in the segment, the SUV offers less passenger and cargo space. Mazda offers ample soft-touch plastic with handsome materials, aluminum accents, and, genuine rosewood in Signature trim. The new-for-2021 Carbon Edition adds features red leather seats and black metallic trim inside. The sporty characteristics of the car continue inside as well with a beautifully designed sporty looking interior. Overall, the interior is quite simple and elegant and also being very ergonomic at the same time.

Three-row Mazda CX-9 offers plenty of space and modern tech for all passengers!

The interior materials are quite premium for its segment and good soundproofing makes the cabin very quiet and comfortable on the road. As far as the CX-9's dimensions are concerned, upfront, the headroom, and legroom are plenty even for taller occupants, but the third-row feels cramped. Depending on the trim you choose, it could either be got as a 6-seater or a 7-seater configuration. The 6-seater option provides you with captain’s chairs in the second row.

Model

2021 Mazda CX-9

2021 Honda Passport

2021 Hyundai Palisade

2021 Volkswagen Atlas

Seating Capacity

6/7

5

7

7

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.3 / 57.9 / 41.0

39.5 / 62 / 40.9

40.7 / 61.2 / 44.1

41.3 / 61.5 / 41.5

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.5 / 58.1 / 39.4

40 / 61.9 / 39.6

40.1 / 60.8 / 42.4

40.4 / 60.8 / 37.6

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

35.4 / 53.1 / 29.7

NA

37.8 / 55.2 / 31.4

38.3 / 54.9 / 33.7

The dashboard is logically placed and designed to keep controls accessible, with an aluminum rotary knob and auxiliary buttons for the new 10.25-inch infotainment screen. Mazda has also updated the standard and optional features list, which means more amenities grace the cabin of the 2021 CX-9. 

Mazda introduced the 2021 CX-9 with an updated interior and more features!

The notable interior features you will find in the 2021 Mazda CX-9 are:

  • Leather Upholstery on seats, dashboard, steering wheel, and gear knob
  • Nappa Leather Upholstery (standard on Signature trim/optional on others)
  • Multifunction heated steering wheel with Tilt and Telescopic adjustment 
  • Heated and Ventilated Front Seats with Memory
  • Power Adjustable Driver Seat with power adjustable lumbar support
  • Manual or Power Adjustable passenger seat
  • Three-zone Automatic Climate Control with Pollen Filter

How’s the 2021 Mazda CX-9 updated infotainment system?

New for the 2021 CX-9 is a 10.25-inch large center display with the latest Mazda Connect infotainment interface standard across the range. The new infotainment has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities and adds Mazda Connected Services capabilities. As for the instrumentation goes, the Sport and Touring trim feature a 4.6” LCD meter display, while the more expensive Grand Touring and Signature trim comes equipped with a bigger 7” LCD meter display.

2021 Mazda CX-9 gets a bigger infotainment screen with Smartphone Mirroring Tech!

The infotainment system comes equipped with most of the basic features like Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, auxiliary audio input jack, USB audio input, steering wheel-mounted controls along with HD Radio. The notable infotainment features on the 2021 Mazda CX-9 include:

  • The 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment screen
  • 7-inch digital driver display 
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • HD Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • Satellite Navigation with Real-Time Traffic
  • Integrated Mazda Navigation System
  • Optional Touring Premium package gets you 12-speaker Bose Centerpoint 2 Surround System with AudioPilot

What's the cargo capacity in the 2021 Mazda CX-9?

Cargo space in this Mazda CX-9 is less as compared to other three-row SUVs. It has 14.4 cubic feet of hauling capacity behind the third-row seats. Space expands to 38.2 cubic feet behind the second row, and a total of 71.2 cubic feet with both rear rows stowed. 

Model

2021 Mazda CX-9

2021 Hyundai Palisade

2021 Honda Passport

2021 Volkswagen Atlas

Cargo Capacity

14.4 cu-ft.

18 cu-ft.

50.5 cu-ft.

20.6 cu-ft.

The Hyundai Palisade and VW Atlas have around 18 to 20 cubic feet of space behind the third row. For convenience, Mazda offers both a power liftgate and a hands-free liftgate.

2021 Mazda CX-9 basic SUV dashboard
2021 Mazda CX-9 basic SUV dashboard
2021 Mazda CX-9 basic SUV dashboard rear seats
2021 Mazda CX-9 basic SUV rear seats
2021 Mazda CX-9 basic SUV center console
2021 Mazda CX-9 basic SUV rear seats
2021 Mazda CX-9 basic SUV cargo area

2021 Mazda CX-9 Exterior

8.1/10

The Mazda CX-9’s exterior looks sleek and modern, with design boosting organic shapes, and aerodynamic lines. At the front, the big grille gives it a premium presence while the tapering roof makes this SUV look smaller than it is. At the rear, twin exhaust outlets underline the CX-9’s sporty nature.

The Carbon Edition appearance package adds a Polymetal Gray paint job, with the blacked-out grille and side mirror, plus Satin Chrome roof rails. And this trim’s 20-inch alloy wheels have a metallic black look.

2021 Mazda CX-9 gets new looks, thanks to the new Carbon Edition!

It looks quite sharp and sporty which complements its overall sporty characteristics and it definitely has a unique road presence which is hard to match. The sleek headlamps along with a forward-leaning grille and a sleek roofline give the car a modern look to it.

Model

2021 Mazda CX-9

2021 Honda Passport

2021 Hyundai Palisade

2021 Volkswagen Atlas

Curb Weight (lbs)

4225 lbs

4017 lbs

4231 lbs

NA

Length (inches)

199.4” 

190.5”

196.1”

198.3”

Width (inches)

77.5”

78.6”

77.8”

78.3”

Height (inches)

67.6”

71.6”

68.9”

70”

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.8”

7.5”

7.9”

8.0”

Wheelbase (inches)

115.3”

111”

114.2”

117.3”

Although having similar exterior dimensions as its competitors, the CX-9 has the highest ground clearance of the bunch that gives it the edge while going off-road. The Volkswagen Atlas has the longest wheelbase in this comparison which results in a practical and ultra-spacious cabin. The third row is usable for adults as well. 

Mazda CX-9 looks smaller than it actually is!

The notable features of the exteriors of the 2021 Mazda CX-9 are:

  • 18/ 20-inch redesigned alloy wheels with all-season tires
  • Heated and Power adjustable side mirrors with turn signals
  • LED Headlamps with Programmable LED DRLs
  • Auto Levelling and Auto on-off Headlights
  • LED Taillamps
  • LED Fog lights
  • Adaptive Front Lighting system
  • Chrome Accent highlights
  • Aluminum Roof Rails with Satin Finish
2021 Mazda CX-9 basic SUV front view
2021 Mazda CX-9 basic SUV three quarter view
2021 Mazda CX-9 basic SUV three quarter view
2021 Mazda CX-9 basic SUV wheel
2021 Mazda CX-9 basic SUV left side view
2021 Mazda CX-9 basic SUV left side view
2021 Mazda CX-9 basic SUV rear view

2021 Mazda CX-9 Safety

8.1/10

The 2021 Mazda CX-9 is yet to be crash-tested by any of the federal safety rating agencies. Since the 2021 CX-9 is mechanically similar to the outgoing 2020 model, it will fetch a similar safety score. The Mazda CX-9 managed to score a perfect 5 out of 5 stars in NHTSA’s crash test, however, it scored 4 out 5 stars in the front crash test results and the rollover tests where it has a rollover risk of 15.90%.

2021 Mazda CX-9 recieves more standard driver-assistance features!

The 2021 CX-9 comes standard with a comprehensive array of safety features including the updated Mazda's suite of i-Activsense safety suit. It offers advanced driver assistance features such as Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop and go function, Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning with Lane-Keep Assist, and Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. 

The other active and passive safety features in the 2021 Mazda CX-9 include:

  • Roll Stability Control
  • Hill Launch Assist
  • Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Lane-keep Assist
  • Lane Departure Warning System
  • Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection
  • Smart Brake Support with Collision Warning

2021 Mazda CX-9 Competition

8.5/10

2021 Mazda CX-9 Vs 2021 Hyundai Palisade

A very tough competitor to the Mazda, the Hyundai Palisade is also a very appealing car in this segment. With plenty of space inside and better 3rd-row seating than the Mazda, the Hyundai has the potential to give the Mazda a run for its money.

2021 Hyundai Palisade

The Palisade also has a long list of standard and optional high-tech features but does fall behind the Mazda when it comes to fuel economy.

2021 Mazda CX-9 Vs 2021 Volkswagen Atlas

From the Germans, we have the Volkswagen Atlas competing in the mid-size crossover SUV segment. The Atlas is also a good choice for people needing 3rd-row seating in their car and the Atlas also does a very good job at it.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas

But just like the Hyundai, it also falls behind the Mazda in terms of fuel economy and the overall dynamic of the car, which is quite bland as compared to the Mazda.

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2021 Mazda CX-9 Final Verdict

With an attractive exterior, beautifully designed premium interior, and an overall sporty and athletic characteristic, the Mazda CX-9 is a tough car to beat in the mid-size crossover SUV segment. Although it is an excellent choice for people who need 3rd-row seating in their car, the 3rd row is quite cramped in the Mazda and there are other cars out there in the market like the Hyundai Palisade and the Volkswagen Atlas that do a better job at it. Nonetheless, the long list of standard luxury and safety features makes the Mazda an excellent choice. Though you can save some money if you consider an older CX-9 as the 2021 model get minor revisions only,


2021 Mazda CX-9 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is the Mazda CX-9 AWD?

The 2021 Mazda CX-9 is offered in both FWD and AWD configuration.

Does Mazda CX-9 hold its value?

As per various reports, a Mazda CX-9 will depreciate approximately 56% after 5 years and have a 5-year resale value of $18,516.

What is the towing capacity of the Mazda CX-9?

The 2021 Mazda CX-9 has a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds.

Are Mazda CX-9 expensive to maintain?

No, the estimated cost to maintain and repair a Mazda CX-9 ranges from $80 to $4281, with an average of $271, considering 15,000 miles per year of running.

What is the 2021 Mazda CX-9 Carbon Edition?

The 2021 Mazda CX-9 Carbon Edition is a new trim based on the Touring trim that gets various exclusive aesthetic upgrades as compared to the other trims. It gets an exclusive exterior color - Polymetal Grey that goes well with the blacked-out elements including new 20-inch alloy wheels and glosses black front grille. The interior gets red upholstery with contrasting black interior trimming.

Used Mazda CX-9 for Sale

Car Name Deals Starting Price Number of Listings
2021 Mazda CX-9 0 Great Deals Out of 1568 $31,730 1568 Listings
2020 Mazda CX-9 14 Great Deals Out of 1798 $26,988 1798 Listings
2019 Mazda CX-9 51 Great Deals Out of 974 $20,100 974 Listings
2018 Mazda CX-9 13 Great Deals Out of 799 $14,995 799 Listings
2017 Mazda CX-9 15 Great Deals Out of 552 $17,874 552 Listings
2016 Mazda CX-9 8 Great Deals Out of 336 $13,995 336 Listings
2015 Mazda CX-9 11 Great Deals Out of 159 $6,999 159 Listings
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