2020 Mazda CX-9

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Mazda CX-9 highlights

Customer rating


  • Sporty handling
  • Quiet ride
  • Premium interior


  • Small cargo space
  • Tight third row
  • Cumbersome infotainment controls

Mileage (EPA estimate)

20 city, 26 highway, 23 combined

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2020 Mazda CX-9 is a three-row crossover SUV residing at the top of the Mazda lineup

The Mazda CX-9 carries the same exterior design into the 2020 model year, though the automaker's flagship SUV receives a number of upgrades. The 2020 CX-9's cabin gets a more premium feel with the available second-row captain's chairs, and the hands-free power liftgate adds a new level of convenience. Under the hood, the CX-9 gets a boost in power—the turbocharged engine puts out 250 horsepower, up from the previous year's 227 horses. Available in four trim levels ranging from the base-level Sport to the most luxurious Signature, the CX-9 is available with front- or all-wheel drive. While the first two rows offer comfortable and roomy seating environments, the third row is short on legroom, making a tight fit for two adults. With a premium interior and a quiet, solid ride, the CX-9 holds its own in a crowd of competitors that include the Kia Telluride, Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, and Subaru Ascent.

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What is new for the 2020 Mazda CX-9?

  • Quad Seats and Tow Hitch features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The Sport trim now comes with Front Seat Heaters, Power Seat(s), Lane Departure Warning, and Automated Cruise Control as standard equipment.

2020 Mazda CX-9 trims

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  • 227-hp, 310-lb-ft of torque 2.5L
  • Smart Key
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Third Row Seat
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Power Seats
  • Cloth Seats
  • Rear View Camera
  • Lane Departure Warning
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5 reasons to buy the 2020 Mazda CX-9

What We Like

Performance: With the added power for 2020, the CX-9 is very responsive with quick acceleration from a stop—especially with all-wheel drive. More athletic than some competitors, the CX-9 handles well on a winding road with good steering and brakes. The CX-9 drives like a smaller SUV with good maneuverability around town. The smooth-shifting transmission adds to the Mazda's everyday drivability.

Interior: The CX-9 may not be considered a luxury SUV, but the interior design is simple and elegant, trimmed in quality materials. Getting in and out is easy, and the new second-row captain's chairs add to the comfort of rear passengers. These new seats also make access to the third row more convenient.

Comfort: The CX-9 delivers a smooth ride and strikes a nice balance between sporty and comfortable. Seats in the front row provide ample support and can be heated or cooled. Rear passengers get good legroom and headroom with either captain's chairs or the three-seat bench. The third row is tight on legroom, but it's wider than the third row in other three-row SUVs so it doesn't feel as cramped.

What Needs Improvement

Storage: For a three-row SUV, the CX-9 is short on cargo space—with the third row in place, there's just 14.4 cubic feet, barely enough room for one suitcase. Folding the rear seats does increase the overall storage area to 71.2 cubic feet, but that is considerably less than competitors like the Kia Telluride. 

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

Above Average

RepairPal gave the Mazda CX-9 an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Mazda CX-9 4th out of 16 among Fullsize SUVs.

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Mazda CX-9 features and specs

Grand Touring 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • A/C Seat(s)
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • BOSE Sound System
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Head Up Display
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Third Row Seat
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Quad Seats
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 41"/M 39.4"/R 29.7"

Head room

F 40.1"/M 38.5"/R 35.4"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

350/3500 lbs.



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