Any car company hoping to compete for the hearts and minds of modern consumers must offer at least one SUV. Mazda sells four, and the 2021 CX-9 is its largest one — a mid-size model with three rows of seats. It’s the one most suitable for families, and as is true of all Mazdas, it’s more stylish and enjoyable to drive than most of its competitors.
The 2021 Mazda CX-9 lineup grows in size this year, with a new Carbon Edition joining the family. It is positioned above the base Sport and popular Touring trim levels, and below the upscale Grand Touring and downright luxurious Signature trims. Additional changes to all 2021 CX-9 models include a new Mazda Connect infotainment system with a 10.25-inch display and a three-year subscription to the company’s new connected services technology. Mazda also boosts the Signature trim’s luxury quotient. Including a $1,100 destination charge, prices range from $35,060 for a CX-9 Sport with front-wheel drive to $47,705 for a CX-9 Signature. The Signature is the version we reviewed, and it came to $48,100 including standard all-wheel drive and an extra-cost paint job.