The Mazda CX-9 is available in five trim levels: Sport, Touring, Carbon Edition, Grand Touring, and Signature. All models are powered by the same 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivering 250 hp and 320 lb-ft. A six-speed automatic is also standard across the range. Front-wheel drive is standard on all models, except the Signature, which has all-wheel-drive – an optional extra for the other trims.
The base Sport comes with 18-inch alloys and LED exterior lighting. Premium cloth upholstery is standard, with heated front seats, power-adjustment for the driver’s seat, cruise control, tri-zone climate control, keyless entry with push-button start, and a 10.25-inch display with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth connectivity.
The Touring adds leather upholstery, power-adjustment for the front passenger seat, advanced keyless entry, a power liftgate, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
The Carbon Edition is essentially a standard Touring, but with the Touring Premium Package included as standard. To make it stand out a little more, it gets Polymetal Gray paint, a gloss black grille and 20-inch black alloy wheels. On the inside, it has red leather seats and black interior trimmings. Paddle shifters are included as well. On the safety side, it provides brake assist in reverse and driver attention alert. Other niceties on this particular model include a power liftgate, ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, heated steering wheel. The driver’s seat is upgraded to an eight-way power-adjustable unit and the Carbon Edition includes the second-row captain’s chairs as standard.
The Grand Touring gets parking sensors front and rear and a surround-view monitor with a high-definition display on the new 10.25-inch screen. The interior gains a head-up display with traffic sign recognition. Other niceties include navigation, a hands-free power liftgate, and 20-inch alloy wheels.
The Signature comes with all-wheel-drive as standard. You can tell it apart from the outside thanks to a titanium gray grille which is lit by LEDs, 20-inch alloys, and larger dual exhausts. The interior gains new quilted leather seats for the first and second row and wood trim inserts. Captain’s chairs in the second row are a standard feature on this model.