The  2022 Mazda CX-9 has been crafted for connection inviting and refined, the CX-9 Signature cabin is adorned with Nappa leather-trimmed seats and offers 2nd-row captain’s chairs.5 Additional comforts include the heated steering wheel, heated front, and rear seats, and a power sliding-glass moonroof with sunshade to enjoy more of what’s outside.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

In a segment where V-6 power is common, Mazda took a risk by offering a turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the2022 Mazda CX-9‘s sole powertrain in the hope of a gain in fuel-economy. It does eke out an advantage over some competitors, but it’s slight. The engine sounds gutsy and managed a class-competitive result in our acceleration testing, where it scooted our Grand Touring test vehicle from zero to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds.

The 2021 CX-9 is clearly the driving enthusiast’s family hauler; surprisingly light on its feet, it often feels as if you’re driving a smaller SUV. The suspension is firm, but it’s still supple enough riding over rough stretches of road. The steering, while not as communicative as other Mazda’s, still imparts vigor that’s missing from other crossovers. The firm suspension and accurate steering culminate in superior cornering control.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

Apart from its solid acceleration performance, the 2022 Mazda CX-9 is, according to the EPA, more fuel-efficient than many of its rivals. The front-wheel-drive model earned EPA estimates of 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway; all-wheel drive drops both of those figures by 2 mpg. In our real-world highway fuel economy test, the all-wheel-drive CX-9 matched its 26-mpg rating. For more information about the CX-9’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The 2022 Mazda CX-9‘s cabin wows with upscale materials and detailed styling but compared with other SUVs in the segment, it’s short on passenger and cargo space. Open the door and the CX-9’s interior welcomes passengers with an upscale cabin that wouldn’t look out of place in an Audi. Mazda has tastefully arranged soft-touch plastic with handsome graining, brushed aluminum, and, in our Signature-trim test car, genuine rosewood.

The CX-9’s smaller measurements mean real-world limitations. We managed to fit just two of our carry-on suitcases behind the Mazda’s third row, which one-third of what the Ford Explorer could muster. The CX-9’s second and third rows of seats fold easily for quick configuration changes, though, and the resultant load floor is flat, making it easy to load bulky items. With second-and third-row seats down, the CX-9 accommodated 25 of our carry-on cases.

Infotainment and Connectivity

All CX-9s come with Mazda’s user-friendly infotainment system and a 10.3-inch display. The software is easy to navigate and the graphics are crisp, plus the Mazda Connected Services suite provides remote access to vehicle status, telematics, and key operations such as remote start and remote locking. Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, HD radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto are all standard features. A wireless smartphone charging pad is new for the 2021 model year but isn’t offered on the base Sport model.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

A host of driver-assistance technologies are standard across the 2022 Mazda CX-9 lineup, including convenient adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist features. For more information about the CX-9’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.

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2022 Mazda CX-9

2022 Mazda CX-9

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Full Specifications

2020 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD

VEHICLE TYPE
front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 6-passenger, 4-door wagon

PRICE AS TESTED
$47,560 (base price: $47,160)

ENGINE TYPE
turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
Displacement
152 in3, 2488 cm3
Power
250 hp @ 5000 rpm
Torque
320 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm

TRANSMISSION
6-speed automatic

CHASSIS
Suspension (F/R): struts/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 12.6-in vented disc/12.8-in disc
Tires: Bridgestone Ecopia H/L 422 Plus, P255/50R20 104V M+S

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 115.3 in
Length: 199.4 in
Width: 77.5 in
Height: 67.6 in
Passenger volume: 136 cu ft
Cargo volume: 14 cu ft
Curb weight: 4364 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
Rollout, 1 ft: 0.3 sec
60 mph: 7.0 sec
100 mph: 19.3 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 7.7 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 3.6 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 4.9 sec
1/4 mile: 15.4 sec @ 90 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 132 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 169 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.85 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 20 mpg
75-mph highway driving: 25 mpg
Highway range: 480 miles

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 23/20/26 mpg

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