2020 Mazda CX-9 Gets More Features, Starts At $33,790

Mazda has slightly revised the U.S.-spec CX-9 for the 2020MY, adding new gear and adjusting its price list.

The 2.5-liter turbocharged engine now produces an extra 10 pound-feet (14 Nm) of torque, delivering 320 lb-ft (434 Nm) on 93 octane gasoline, and 250 HP. It’s paired to the six-speed automatic transmission and the i-Activ all-wheel drive system that’s standard in the Signature and optional in the rest of the range.

When paired with AWD, the 2020 CX-9 is Mazda’s first vehicle to be offered with the new off-road traction assist feature. It replaces the usual traction control and senses when diagonal wheels start to slip, so it reduces the torque and increases the brake force at those corners, transferring power to the wheels that are still on the ground and helping the vehicle regain traction. The G-Vectoring Control Plus is standard as well.

Also Read: Review: You Can Like The Mazda CX-9 Even If You Don’t Have Kids


Other novelties include the addition of the optional second-row captain’s chairs, which enhance comfort on long journeys. Mazda has also added the electric-operated tailgate on the Grand Touring and Signature models.

In terms of equipment, the base CX-9 Sport gets heated front seats with electric adjustment on the driver’s side, heated side mirrors, dusk-sensing headlights and rain-sensing wipers, High Beam Control and 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels, with a Gray Metallic look. It also comes with LED exterior lights, rear privacy glass, 7-inch infotainment system, Bluetooth, 3-zone climate control, reversing camera, keyless entry&go and others.

The i-Activsense suite of safety features is also standard and includes Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection, Smart Brake Support with Collision Warning and radar cruise control with stop&go function.


Pricing for the 2020 CX-9 Sport starts at $33,790 with FWD and $35,690 with AWD, whereas the CX-9 Touring costs $35,610 and $37,510, respectively. The latter adds a 9-inch infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, leather trim, power liftgate, power-sliding and tilting second-row seats and others. The Touring Premium Package includes a power-operated moonroof, Bose premium audio, SiriusXM with 3-month trial subscription, two USB ports in the third row, second-row retractable sunshades, front and rear parking sensors and LED fog lamps for a $2,100 premium.

The CX-9 Grand Touring is available from $41,450 with FWD and $43,350 with AWD, and can be ordered with the optional heated second-row captain’s chairs. Rear-seat occupants can set the desired temperature by using the HVAC controls located on the backside of the front center console.


Finally, the CX-9 Signature starts at $46,115, is available solely with AWD and gets the aforementioned second-row individual seats as standard, as well as a center console with extra storage space and access to two USB charging ports and cup holders. The revised interior trim includes choices between the Deep Chestnut and Parchment Nappa leather, and Mazda has also added the Soul Red Crystal exterior paint option.

Note: Prices exclude the $1,045 destination and handling charge ($1,090 in Alaska), as well as taxes and additional fees


  • Kitty Pourquoi

    Still the best looking car in its segment

    • Rocket

      And probably the most fun-to-drive. Too bad about its shortcomings.

      • Matthijs

        Isn’t a 2.5 Turbo enough? Want to do to a race with your neighbor at the traffic lights while bringing the kids to soccer practise? 😉 Don’t know why Americans are so obsessed with big engines with lots of power while you don’t even use them

        • Rocket

          Did I mention power? While the 2.5T does fall short, as does the aging 6-speed, I was referring to the piss-poor packaging. Given its generous footprint, the CX9’s interior is silly tight. Even the much smaller Highlander has more interior space. In short, it’s terrible at doing what large 3-row crossovers are supposed to do.

          • Matthijs

            Well hence the gorgeous styling. Mazda isn’t for everyone. And I’m sure you can fit a normal family in it or does every 3-row crossover family has 4/5 tall kids?

        • Rocket

          Nice edit. Guess you didn’t care for the taste of shoe leather …

          • Matthijs

            Edit was way before you replied. I thought my reply was a bit too much.

  • Six_Tymes

    on 93 octane. who uses that, anyone here?

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      It will still run on regular, just with less horsepower.

      The engine adjusts for the rating decrease…

    • Kyle Newberry

      I use it on my 05 Corolla XRS lol

    • An Existing Person

      All of my cars only take premium gasoline, which is 93 octane here in Florida.

  • Kyle Newberry

    Now jus convince my parents this is better in everyway than a freaking Highlander

    • The-Fez

      That’s your job, now get to it!

  • IFDU

    Tempting to trade in the CX-5 for this. But we don’t need anymore practicality past our 4Runner. Maybe a Mazda3 or Mazda6?

  • MarketAndChurch

    The interior could be so much nicer. I know Mazda is a car’s first brand but SUV’s are the hot sellers in the US, and growing in Europe as well.

  • SteersUright

    I think these Mazda’s look great, especially the 9. But, they’ve always looked so underwheeled, with them being so tucked in and rather small.
    Also, I’ve always felt their powertrains leave much to be desired.

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