First Look – 2021 Mazda CX-9 Crossover SUV

Ken Zino of AutoInformed.com on Mazda CX-9 Crossover SUV 2021 MY

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The 2021 Mazda CX-9 – the brand’s self-proclaimed flagship three-row midsize crossover SUV – goes on sale with a starting MSRP of $33,960 and will arrive at dealerships later this month. This model year CX-9 receives improvements to its technology.

The badly named Skyactiv-G 2.5 Turbo engine equipped on all CX-9 models is rated at  320 lb.-ft. of torque and 250 horsepower on premium (93 octane) gasoline or 310 lb.-ft. of torque and 227 horsepower on 87 octane gasoline.

Ken Zino of AutoInformed.com on 2021 Mazda CX-9 Crossover SUV

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The turbocharged engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and has standard G-Vectoring Control Plus. Mazda’s predictive i-Activ all-wheel drive with off-road traction assist is standard in CX-9 Signature and optional on other trim levels.

New for the 2021 CX-9 Sport has a 10.25-inch large center display with the latest Mazda Connect infotainment interface. The new infotainment has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto comparability and adds Mazda Connected Services that include a three-year trial to access the ability to monitor and control the CX-9 remotely by logging into the MyMazda app. In-car Wi-Fi hotspot comes with three-months or 2GB trial.

The usual safety features are standard, including Radar Cruise Control with stop and go function, Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection, Smart Brake Support with Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning with Lane-Keep Assist and Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

Other standard features include heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, three-zone automatic climate control, six-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio pairing, two front USB inputs, rearview camera, keyless entry and push-button start.

The CX-9 Sport has automatic on/off LED headlights with auto-leveling, LED taillights and daytime running lights, heated and power door mirrors, High Beam Control, body-colored rear roof spoiler, 18-inch gray metallic finish aluminum alloy wheels, rain-sensing windshield wipers and rear privacy glass.

The CX-9 Touring adds seating changes, including leather-trimmed first and second-row seats, six-way power passenger’s seat. The slide and tilt function is on the second-row bench seating. There are two USB charging ports in the second row. Other additions include power liftgate, Advanced Keyless Entry and auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink.

The optional Touring Premium Package, occupants pay more for Bose12-speaker premium audio, the new wireless phone charger located in the storage compartment in front of the shifter, power moon-roof, front and rear parking sensors, two USB charging ports in the third row, LED fog lights, second-row retractable window sunshade, SiriusXM satellite radio with three-month trial subscription. Along with this package, owners have the option to select between the second-row bench seating or second-row captain’s chairs with armrest and center.

About Ken Zino

Ken Zino is an auto industry veteran with global experience in print, broadcast and electronic media. He has auto testing, marketing, public relations and communications expertise garnered while working in Asia, Europe and the U.S.
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