Published On May 10, 2021
This is a Motormouth couple car review of the 2021 Mazda CX-9 7-passenger SUV. The Mazda CX-9 is an SUV for moving people around but mazda does it differently than most by adding an almost premium interior plus a turbocharged 4-cylinder instead of a V6 engine. Powering the CX-9 mid-size utility is a 2.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission with 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque. This engine can run on regular gas but the power drops to 227 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. This 6 or 7-seater has a luxury feel with plenty of soft materials used throughout a quiet cabin. The Kuro trim we are testing has a Garnet Red leather trimmed interior with red stitching along with captains chairs. These chairs have sliding and reclining functions and are available one up from the base model for $300, although they come standard on this Kuro trim. Although this is not the biggest 7-seater in its class, the seats are comfortable and plush with plenty of room for a family. The CX-9 comes standard with a 7” touchscreen, black cloth heated front seats, 7 passenger seating, leather wrapped steering wheel and shifter, Apple Carplay and Android Auto and i-Activsense safety features. There is a lot of value just one up from the base model. It gets you the bigger 9” touchscreen, a power moonroof, leather trimmed upholstery, power rear liftgate, heated second row seats, one touch swtich for second row bench seat, available second row captains chairs with sliding and reclining function, heated steering wheel, keyless entry and paddle shifters.The GT trim, two up from the base model will get you ventilated front seats, front and rear parking sensors, a Bose sound system, wireless charger and wireless Apple Carplay.
You’ll find Nappa leather quilted seats with piping details on the Signature trim. One area I feel the CX-9 could see some improvement in is the Infotainment system. Although, I do like the centre console dial, the touchscreen is too far away from the driver. Keep in mind, this touchscreen can only be used when the car is not in motion. The new CX-30 Turbo, it no longer has a touchscreen. The US offers a 10.25” screen in this CX-9, you can only use the dial like in the CX-30 Turbo and I feel Canada needs this upgrade as well. Maybe next year we’ll see this change. the Mazda gets 11.6L/100km, 20 MPG city
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