Mazda’s largest sport-utility and only three-row offering is the shapely CX-9. The 2020 Mazda CX-9, now in its fifth model year since a new second-generation version was introduced in 2016, competes in the hotly contested mid-size SUV segment. Major competitors include the Honda Pilot, Kia Sorento, Nissan Pathfinder, Subaru Ascent, and Toyota Highlander, among others.
Despite its age in the market, the CX-9 still looks sharp with sculpted bodywork that belies the SUV’s utilitarian capabilities. The CX-9’s premium design and feature content rival that of luxury models like the Acura MDX, Lexus RX 350, Cadillac XT5, and Infiniti QX60. Also noteworthy are the CX-9’s driving dynamics, which embody the sporty road manners of Mazda’s sedans despite the SUV’s greater weight and footprint. The 2020 CX-9 lineup includes base Sport, midlevel Touring, premium Grand Touring, and top-of-the-line Signature trims. Including the $1,045 destination fee, base prices range from $34,835 to $47,160. The CX-9 can be configured as a seven-seater with a second-row bench seat or six-seater with a pair of captain’s chairs in its place. Mazda’s i-Active all-wheel drive is a $1,900 upcharge with Sport, Touring, or Grand Touring trim and standard on Signature.