Review the 2021 Mazda CX-9
As we know, perspectives differ. Within the 2021 Mazda CX-9 school of thought, there are differing perspectives about its category as a crossover or an SUV, however, there is a convergence between these differing perspectives. The convergence is this: both schools of thought agree that it is a 3-row seater.
To play it safe, we will separate these different perspectives with a forward slash and proceed with what is more important.
Welcome to the 3-Row Crossover/SUV
First, the difference between this model and the 2020s is an additional trim, known as the Carbon Edition trim, and enhanced information plus entertainment system which comes in a 10.3” touchscreen. All the changes since the 2016 redesign remain the same.
Keep the introduction of the Carbon Edition trim in mind as we look at the different trims available in the 2021 Mazda CX-9.
In no particular order, you have the Carbon Edition trim, the Signature trim, the Touring trim, the Sport trim, and the Grand Touring trim. In order of pricing, the Sport trim is the most affordable while the Signature trim is the most expensive; the other trims are finely sandwiched between these two with a price difference of some thousand dollars between them.
In terms of value, the market opinion is that the Touring trim (the second trim option in the order of pricing) gets you the best value with features such as power-adjustable front seats and a Bose audio system.
Entertainment and Information
These duos are delivered via the 10.3” screen mentioned in many paragraphs above and while the Sport trim excludes the presence of the wireless smartphone charging pad, the other four trims come with it. Remote Start and Remote Locking are also important and standard features in this crossover/SUV, and so are HD radio, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth connectivity, Android Auto, Wi-Fi hotspot, and Apple CarPlay.
Safety and Tech
Safety and tech features include but are not limited to, Pedestrian Detection, Traffic Sign Recognition, Rearview Camera, Blind Spot Monitoring, Reverse Automatic Emergency Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Adaptive Headlights, and Forward Automatic Emergency Braking.
Powertrain and Drivetrain
For the sake of fuel economy, Mazda had a second thought about the cylinder to go with under the hood; instead of the V6 engine, it went with a 2.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the only engine.
The drivetrain is a choice between an All-Wheel Drive or a Front-Wheel Drive. Overall, you get 20/26mpg for city/highway with the AWD drivetrain whereas the FWD drivetrain takes fuel economy up a notch by increasing the miles per gallon consumption to 22/28mpg for city/highway.
3,000lbs is the maximum capacity the 2021 Mazda CX-9 can tow.