For 5 years, the current generation of Mazda CX-9 has remained at the forefront of the full-size SUVs. The success of the second generation of the CX-9 of the 2021 model year is in its modern restyling. Mazda CX-9 is a prestigious but comfortable vehicle with many interesting features. It has lots of innovative quirks that will please the driver and the passengers.


What has changed in the 2021 CX-9? The vehicle received the innovative Mazda Connect multimedia system. It includes a navigation program with a traffic jam function and wireless synchronization with a smartphone for listening to music or accessing the Internet. It also has a 10.25-inches widescreen touchscreen monitor that replaced the previously available 7 and 9-inches displays. An enlarged multimedia screen is offered to start from the basic configuration, and it synchronizes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other innovations include wireless smartphone charging (available on Supreme, Exclusive, and Executive versions) and seats with improved ergonomics.

A special Noir version is available: it has a Polymetal Gray body, side mirror housings, a black radiator grille, and wheel rims in the same black color. The seat upholstery will be in red leather in contrast to the black inlays. For other trim levels, you can choose from the leather interior in black, dark brown, or beige.

The dimensions of the restyled version of the Mazda CX-9 remained unchanged: it is 5065 mm long, 1961 mm wide, 1717 mm high, the wheelbase is 2930 mm, the ground clearance is impressive 224 mm, the trunk volume is 408 liters.

Under the hood of the modified vehicle, there is a 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G turbo petrol engine (231 hp and 420 Nm of torque) in combination with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The drive is full, equipped with the i-Activ AWD system with an electrically controlled multi-plate clutch. The manufacturer assures that the engine will be very economical, and on the highway, it will consume no more than 8.4 liters per 100 km, and in the city, the consumption will be 10.7 liters per 100 km. The SUV will be able to accelerate to 100 km / h in 8.6 seconds.


The price for Mazda CX-9 starts at $35 335. This is how much Sport trim costs. The most expensive trim is Signature, which you will be able to buy for $47 980. The other trims cost $37 125 for Touring, $42 455 for Carbon Edition, and $43 315 for Grand Touring.

Is 2021 Mazda CX-9 Reliable?

Mazda CX-9 is a rather reliable vehicle. Moreover, the manufacturer gives a 36 000 miles and three years warranty, and 60 000 miles and five years powertrain warranty. According to research, the average reliability score of vehicles is 57 while Mazda CX-9 has a reliability score of 61. The reliability score is based on the warranty, frequency of maintenance, and cost of maintenance. It is rather inexpensive to maintain Mazda CX-9, the average yearly cost is just above $500.


The list of CX-9 safety systems, depending on the selected configuration, includes an all-around visibility system, a lane departure warning system, and lane-keeping assistance, which help the car stay in the lane. There is also an adaptive lighting system, a safe braking system in urban areas, a blind spot monitoring system, a traffic sign recognition system, etc. Mazda CX-9 has a high beam control that automatically activates headlights’ high beams, which is great at night when there are no other vehicles around. There is also pedestrian detection which helps to avoid collisions or slow and stop the vehicle when needed.

What people are saying about the 2021 Mazda CX-9

There are a lot of things drivers like about Mazda CX-9. Firstly, the new infotainment system is convenient to use and has lots of interesting features. The leather seats are comfortable and adjustable, the steering wheel is heated. The car is powerful and the brakes are good enough to slow down the vehicle even at high speed. Among the things that drivers would like to improve is keyless access, and a little bit higher captain’s chair. Another drawback is a rather small third row of seats, which is more suitable for kids than adults.


You can consider alternatives for Mazda CX-9. The main competitors of the restyled CX-9 are considered the new Hyundai Palisade and Kia Carnival. You can also go for Kia Telluride, the base price for which is $32 190. Toyota Highlander is also one of the competitors.

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