Mazda’s flagship is the CX-9, a three-row SUV with seating for six or seven. Like all Mazda vehicles, exterior styling and upscale interior appointments are emphasized. The CX-9 has good reflexes and turbocharged power to keep its driver smiling, too. It’s not as spacious as some boxy competitors, but it aims for a more stylish, comfortable, and even slightly sporty driving experience.

A full slate of upgrades and features are added to the CX-9 for 2020. Most notable is an increase in torque (when using 93-octane fuel) across the whole range. Entry-level trims get driver-assist features that were previously optional. The family-hauler can now be had with two captain’s chairs in the second row, or a three-across bench. A power-operated liftgate with hands-free functionality is available, and high-end trims get two USB ports in the third row. CX-9 models equipped with all-wheel drive get an off-road traction mode.


Engine Name Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 2.5 Liter SKYACTIV-G Trim Sport FWD
Horsepower 227@5,000 Body Style SUV/Crossover
Fuel Unleaded Regular Transmission Transmission, SKYACTIV-DRIVE 6 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode
Class Full-Size Utility Standard MPG 22/28
Drivetrain FWD Seating 7/7
Width 77.2 Towing Capacity 1,000/3,500
Front Headroom 39.3 Cylinder Configuration In-Line
Front Legroom 41.0 Transmission Type Automatic
Ground Clearance 8.8 Height 69.0
Fuel Capacity 19.0 Engine Size 2.5
Wheelbase 115.3 Torque 310@2,000
Number Of Cylinders 4 Cargo Capacity 14.4/71.2
Rear Shoulder Room 58.1 Payload Capacity 1,434
Rear Headroom 38.5 Length 199.4
Gvwr 5,670 Curb Weight 4,236
Tonnage N/R Engine Type Turbo Gas
Rear Legroom 39.4 Transmission Speeds 6
Bore x stroke 89.0 x 100.0mm
Compression ratio 10.5 : 1
Drivetrain Front wheel drive
Emissions standard Euro stage 5
Engine capacity 2,488cc
Engine type 2.5 litre in-line 4 cylinder 16-valve DOHC S-VT petrol turbo engine with i-stop and i-ELOOP
Fuel consumption (ADR 81/02) – combined 8.4 l/100km
Fuel consumption (ADR 81/02) – extra urban 6.9 l/100km
Fuel consumption (ADR 81/02) – urban 11.0 l/100km
Fuel system Electronic direct injection
Fuel tank capacity 72 litres
Gear ratio (1st) 3.487
Gear ratio (2nd) 1.992
Gear ratio (3rd) 1.449
Gear ratio (4th) 1.000
Gear ratio (5th) 0.707
Gear ratio (6th) 0.600
Gear ratio (final drive) 4.411
Gear ratio (reverse) 3.990
Maximum power 170kW @ 5,000rpm
Maximum torque 420Nm @ 2,000rpm
Recommended fuel Unleaded (91RON or higher) or E10
Throttle control Electronic (drive-by-wire)
Transmission type 6-speed Skyactiv-Drive (automatic)
Brakes (front) 320mm ventilated disc
Brakes (rear) 325mm solid disc
Steering type Rack and pinion, electric power assist
Suspension (front) MacPherson strut
Suspension (rear) Multi-link
Turning circle kerb to kerb 11.8m
Tyre index 108H
Tyre size 255/60 R18
Tyre size (spare) 185/80 R17 (temporary)
Wheel size 18 x 8.0 J
Wheel size (spare) 17 x 5.5 T
Wheel type Alloy
Wheel type (spare) Steel (temporary)
Gross Vehicle Mass 2,505kg
Kerb weight 1,878kg
Maximum payload 627kg
Tow-ball download maximum 150kg
Towing capacity (braked) 2,000kg
Towing capacity (unbraked) 750kg
Ground clearance laden 220mm
Ground clearance unladen 222mm
Overall height 1,747mm
Overall length 5,075mm
Overall width 1,969mm
Overhang front 1,032mm
Overhang rear 1,113mm
Track front 1,663mm
Track rear 1,663mm
Wheelbase 2,930mm
Roof rack mounting Mounting points
Door handles Body coloured
Exhaust extensions Chrome
Exterior mirrors Power adjustment, heated, auto folding
Rear spoiler Standard
Window demister (rear) Standard
Wiper (rear) With intermittent function
Wipers (front) 2-speed with rain-sensing function
Daytime running lamps Halogen
Headlamps LED with High Beam Control (HBC) and auto on/off function
Tail-lamps LED
Air-conditioning Three zone climate control with rear control and vents (second row)
Auxiliary 12 volt power outlets 2 (including cargo area)
Interior release for fuel filler door Standard
Power windows One touch up/down (front & rear)
Rear-view mirror with auto dimming function Standard
USB charging points Front
Vanity mirror Driver & passenger with illumination
Active Driving Display Colour windscreen
Ambient temperature display Standard
Critical function warning lights/chimes Standard
Cruise control Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC) with Stop & Go function
Driver’s left footrest Standard
Low fuel warning light Standard
Steering wheel Leather, tilt and telescopic adjustable
Tachometer and electronic odometer/tripmeter Standard
Trip computer Standard
Instrument panel light dimmer Standard
Interior illumination: cargo room lamp Standard
Interior illumination: entry system with delayed fade Standard
Interior illumination: map reading spot lamps Standard
Centre armrest console Standard
Floor covering Carpet
Gear shift knob Leather
Passenger assist grips Front & rear
Seat trim Cloth
Seating capacity 7
Seats (front) with: adjustable head restraints Driver & passenger
Seats (front) with: height adjustment Driver & passenger
Seats (front) with: rake and slide adjustment Driver & passenger
Seats (front) with: seat back pocket Driver & passenger
Seats (second row) with: adjustable head restraints Standard
Seats (second row) with: centre fold down armrest Standard
Seats (second row) with: split fold backrest 60/40
Seats (third row) with: split fold backrest 50/50
Cargo volume VDA 230 litres
Cargo volume VDA (rear seats folded down and up to roof) 810 litres
Cupholders Standard
Door bottle holders Front & rear
Door pockets Front & rear
Glove box Standard
Overhead sunglass storage box Standard
Automatic transmission drive selector switch Standard
Automatic transmission kickdown switch Standard
Electric parking brake Standard with autohold
G-Vectoring Control GVC Plus
i-ELOOP Standard
i-stop Standard
Apple CarPlay? & Android? Auto Standard
Audio System 6 speakers
Auxiliary-audio input jack (3.5mm mini-stereo) Standard
Bluetooth? hands-free phone and audio capability Standard
Infotainment screen 7-inch colour touch
Internet radio integration Stitcher™ and Aha™
Multi-function commander control Standard
Radio AM/FM with Radio Data System (RDS), digital (DAB+)
Satellite navigation Standard
Steering wheel-mounted audio controls Standard
USB-audio input port 2, MP3, WMA, AAC, iPod® compatible
Advanced keyless push-button engine start Standard
Airbags SRS Front (Driver & passenger); Side (front); Curtain (Front & rear)
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) Standard
Auto Door Lock (ADL) Standard
Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) Standard
Child restraint anchor points ISOFIX x2, top tether x5
Childproof rear door locks Standard
Driver Attention Alert (DAA) Standard
Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) Standard
Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) Standard
Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) Standard
Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) Standard
Engine immobiliser Standard
Forward Obstruction Warning (FOW) Standard
High Beam Control (HBC) Standard
High mount stop lamp Standard
Hill Launch Assist (HLA) Standard
Intrusion-minimising brake pedal Standard
Lane Departure Warning (LDW) Standard
Lane-keep Assist System (LAS) Standard
Left-hand-side convex (wide angle) exterior mirror Standard
Parking sensors Rear
Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) Standard
Remote central locking Standard, 2 transmitters
Reverse camera Standard
Roll Stability Control (RSC) Standard
Seat-belt warning Driver & all passengers
Seat-belts (front) 3-point lap-sash with pretensioners, load limiters and height adjustable shoulder anchorages
Seat-belts (second row) 3x 3-point lap-sash, outboard with pretensioners and load limiters
Seat-belts (third row) 2x 3-point lap-sash
Side impact door beams Standard
Smart Brake Support (SBS) Standard
Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) Forward & reverse
Traction Control System (TCS) Standard
Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) Standard
Trailer Stability Assist (TSA) Standard
Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Standard
Whiplash-minimising front seats Standard