There are no significant mechanical or aesthetic changes for the 2022 Mazda CX-9. However, it does get a new Touring Plus trim slotting between the Touring and Carbon Edition models. As expected, the Plus name signifies more standard features. It has 20-inch aluminum wheels, aluminum roof rails, and a gloss black front grille, to name a few.
Powering all trim variants of the Mazda CX-9 is a 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G turbocharged four-banger pumping out 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft. of torque on premium 93 octane fuel (with regular 87 octane gas, the engine churns out 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft. of torque). It’s essentially the same engine found in the 2022 Mazda3 2.5 Turbo.
Although the engine could use more power, we have minimal qualms with the CX-9’s 2.5-liter turbo engine. We’re fully aware that Mazda opted for the turbo for economic reasons as the automaker’s i-Active all-wheel drive system is standard across the board for the 2022 CX-9. EPA fuel economy ratings for a 2021 model with all-wheel drive are 20 in the city, 26 on the highway, and 23 combined. We expect those figures, or slightly better, with the new 2.5-liter turbo engine.
2022 Mazda CX-9 Trim Levels & Pricing
The 2022 Mazda CX-9 is available in six trim models: Sport, Touring, Touring Plus, Carbon Edition, Grand Touring, and Signature. All trim variants of the 2022 Mazda CX-9 come standard with i-Activesense safety features like radar cruise control, smart brake support, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and lane-keeping assist.
Here’s a breakdown of each trim and the corresponding MSRP. The pricing includes the $1,225 destination and handling fee.
Mazda CX-9 Sport
The base Mazda CX-9 Sport starts at $36,505. The list of standard goodies includes a 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen with Mazda Connect, Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, heated front seats, remote keyless entry with push-button start, a leather-wrapped tiller and shift knob, tri-zone automatic climate control, rear privacy glass, a power liftgate, and an eight-way power driver’s seat.
The CX-9 Sport also has 18-inch alloy wheels, a shiny front grille, automatic on/off LED headlights with auto high beam control, LED taillights, heated door mirrors, a rear roof spoiler, and rain-sensing wipers.
The Mazda CX-9 Touring starts at $38,665. It has all the standard features of the base Sport trim but adds leather seating, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, four USB charging ports, and power sliding and tilting second-row seats.
Meanwhile, the Touring Premium Package adds more features like optional second-row captain’s chairs, a Bose audio system with 12 speakers, wireless smartphone charging, third-row USB charging ports, a power moonroof, front and rear parking sensors, and LED foglights for an additional $2,080.
CX-9 Touring Plus
The all-new CX-9 Touring Plus has a $42,885 base price and gets ventilated front seats, a power driver’s seat with memory settings, 20-inch alloy wheels, a gloss black front grille, and aluminum roof rails.
CX-9 Carbon Edition
Like the Mazda3 Carbon Edition, the CX-9 version has Mazda’s exclusive Polymetal Gray paint, gloss black exterior accents, second-row captain’s seats, and red leather seats. Other features like LED interior accent lighting, aluminum interior trim, a hands-free liftgate, a heated steering wheel with paddle shifters, and a seven-inch LCD multi-information display are standard, too.
Starting with a $44,805 MSRP, the CX-9 Carbon Edition also gets more driving aids like adaptive LED headlights, a windshield wiper de-icer, and rear smart city brake support.
CX-9 Grand Touring
The Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring starts at $45,665. It has all the standard features of the Touring and Carbon Edition variants. Still, it includes 20-inch silver metallic alloy wheels, body-color auto-folding side mirrors, heated second-row bench seats or captain’s chairs, navigation, and black or sand leather upholstery.
In addition, the CX-9 Grand Touring has a 360-degree surround-view monitor, traffic sign recognition with an active driving display, and a three-year subscription to SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link.
The top-of-the-line Mazda CX-9 starts at $48,435. It has Nappa leather upholstery with bespoke quilting and piping, Santos Rosewood interior trim, 20-inch silver alloy wheels, a titanium gray front grille with LED accents, heated second-row captain’s seats, and more extensive dual exhaust tips for an added dose of aggressive styling.
2022 Mazda CX-9 Warranty Information
The new Mazda CX-9 has a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. If you drive more miles than the average car owner, it might be worth considering a Mazda extended warranty. This free and helpful guide will show you the ropes when it comes to picking out an extended warranty.
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