The 2021 Mazda CX-9 comes in five trims: Sport, Touring, Carbon Edition, Grand Touring and Signature. The CX-9 boasts three rows of seating with room for up to seven passengers and it comes with standard front-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive is available. The crossover is powered by a 2.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder that produces 250 horsepower and an impressive 320 pound-feet of torque at just 2,000 rpm. Power is sent to the wheels by a 6-speed automatic transmission. The CX-9 has an impressive EPA-estimated mileage of 20-city and 26-highway mpg.
Even the base Sport is nicely equipped, with three rows of seating for up to seven passengers, 3-zone automatic climate control, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, power operated heated front seats, push button start, Mazda Connect infotainment system with a 10.25-inch color touchscreen, a rearview camera and Bluetooth hands-free connectivity. The exterior of the CX-9 is highlighted by 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, LED taillights, heated mirrors, a rear spoiler and dual exhaust outlets. Safety features include an active lane departure system, forward collision mitigation, a rear-cross traffic alert, brake support and blind spot monitoring.
The Touring adds keyless entry and start, a power tailgate with programmable height adjustment, rain-sensing windshield wipers, leather seating, an 8-inch color touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Standard advanced safety features include a blind-spot warning system with rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane-keep assist and radar cruise control. An available Premium Package brings LED fog lights, power moonroof, Bose 12-speaker stereo system, navigation, front and rear parking sensors and more.
Stepping up to the Grand Touring affords 20-inch alloy wheels, a power sliding moonroof, front and rear parking sensors, roof rails and chrome exterior accents. Inside there's a head-up display, 12-speaker Bose audio system, navigation, 360-degree view monitor, aluminum inlays, driver's seat memory, ventilated front seats and heated second row seats.
Finally, the top-of-the-line CX-9 Signature brings standard all-wheel drive in addition to LED accent lighting in the grille, LED interior ambient lighting, Napa leather seating and trim with rosewood inlays and a leather steering wheel.
Standard safety features on all CX-9s include dual front airbags, front side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, stability and traction controls, a rearview camera, and a tire-pressure monitor.