2021 Mazda CX-9

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Mazda CX-9 highlights

Customer rating


  • Top-level Signature trim feels especially high-end
  • Sporty handling and quick acceleration
  • Quiet and comfortable cabin
  • Lots of features, even in the base trim


  • Not as much cargo space as you might expect
  • Third-row seats are really only suitable for children

Mileage (EPA estimate)

20 city, 26 highway, 23 combined

Pricing for current inventory

(no current inventory)

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Upscale and spacious, with a practical edge.

The Mazda CX-9 is a three-row midsize SUV that got a sparkling refresh for the 2021 model year. While SUVs are typically characterized by utility and practicality, they can also be a stylish choice for your daily drive—which is particularly true of the 2021 Mazda CX-9. The CX-9's turbocharged 2.5L engine is designed to be a match for any road, while its upscale, feature-filled cabin feels hushed and tranquil. While we currently do not have many 2021 Mazda CX-9s on our lots, we look forward to selling more in the future. If you love the 2021 model, you should also consider prior model years of the Mazda CX-9 with similar features.

All Mazda CX-9 years

What is new for the 2021 Mazda CX-9?

  • The CX-9 is available in a new trim called the Carbon Edition.
  • The Touring trim now comes with Navigation System as standard equipment.

2021 Mazda CX-9 trims

Curious how Mazda CX-9 trims differ? Use our side-by-side vehicle comparison to see the differences and similarities


  • 227-hp, 310-lb-ft of torque 2.5L
  • Smart Key
  • Power Seats
  • Cloth Seats
  • Rear View Camera
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Power Mirrors
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Side Airbags
  • View our Mazda CX-9 Sport inventory


Grand Touring:


Carbon Edition:

Mazda CX-9 photos

5 reasons to buy the 2021 Mazda CX-9

1. Lots of standard driver-assistance features

2021 Mazda CX-9 Review: Dashboard | CarMax

The 2021 Mazda CX-9 boasts plenty of driver-assistance features across its five trims, designed to make your driving days feel effortless. For family drivers, all trims feature second-row LATCH anchors and side-impact door beams. Town and country roads become light work thanks to the hill launch assist feature, which is designed to provide additional acceleration from sloping stops. With the three top trims fitted with front and rear parking sensors, parking can be a breeze, too.

2. The eye-catching carbon edition

2021 Mazda CX-9 Review: Cell | CarMax

A fantastic lineup of four trims becomes five for the 2021 Mazda CX-9, with the addition of the mid-level Carbon Edition. Designed to get you noticed, the exterior's privacy glass, 20-inch wheels, polymetal gray paint, and dark finish grille make for a sleek presence on the road. Inside, you'll find a premium Bose 12-speaker surround sound system, red leather seats, a seven-inch digital driver display, and heated second-row captain's seats. Get ready to wow the neighbors with this stylish SUV.

3. Tons of creature comforts

2021 Mazda CX-9 Review: Front seats | CarMax

Happy passengers make your life easier, and the 2021 Mazda CX-9 has plenty to keep your whole crew ensconced in comfort and fully entertained. Got a road trip planned? Everyone will appreciate the Bluetooth® audio streaming, smartphone integration, HD radio, and generous infotainment screen. Each Mazda CX-9 has storage solutions across all three rows, including front and rear door bottle holders, storage bins, and front-row seatback pockets that fit magazines, books, or tablets.

4. Plenty of adaptable space

2021 Mazda CX-9 Review: Third row | CarMax

Need a vehicle that can adapt to your needs? The 2021 Mazda CX-9 delivers. The remote keyless entry feature means having an armful of groceries won't be a problem. And with the fixed cargo area boasting storage boxes and underfloor space, you've got plenty of room for your passengers and their stuff. Want to haul even more? No problem—you can increase your floor space with the third row's 50/50 split fold-down feature. Seven-seater models with second-row bench seats have a 60/40 split fold-down, and easy-tilt access to the third-row space.

5. Stylish exterior

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The Mazda CX-9 delivers all the practical elements needed for a seven-seater, without sacrificing elegance and style. The 2021 CX-9 features exterior touches such as a body-colored rear roof spoiler, dual exhaust outlets, and rear privacy glass. The redesigned, wider front fascia grille takes on a bright or deep black finish (trim dependent), matching with a black or chrome lower body finishing.

Similar vehicles

If you're interested in the 2021 Mazda CX-9, you should also check out these similar vehicles from Previous generation years.

Image of Hyundai Santa Fe

The 2017-2019 Hyundai Santa Fe is well-suited for zipping the family around town, on long trips out of the city, or taking the grandkids to the campsite. A powerful 3.3L V6 has all the grunt for fun weekends away as well as more practical errands. In addition, an available AWD system improves grip by intelligently putting power to the wheel with the most grip. In corners, it gently applies the brakes to the inside wheels, improving turning performance.

Standard equipment in a 2017-2019 Hyundai Santa Fe include:

  • A five-inch touchscreen and a rearview camera

  • YES Essentials stain-resistant cloth seats

  • LED running lights and taillights

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

3.7 out of 5

3 customer reviews
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

Carbon Edition 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • A/C Seat(s)
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • 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
  • BOSE Sound System
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Parking Sensors
  • Quad Seats
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Sunroof(s)
  • 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.



2021 Mazda CX-9 FAQ

More about the 2021 Mazda CX-9

Color options

Exterior colors:

  • Deep Crystal Blue Mica (Sport, Touring, Grand Touring)

  • Jet Black Mica (Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Signature)

  • Machine Gray Metallic (Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Signature)

  • Polymetal Gray Metallic (Carbon Edition)

  • Snowflake White Pearl Mica (Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Signature)

  • Sonic Silver Metallic (Touring, Grand Touring)

  • Soul Red Crystal Metallic (Touring, Grand Touring, Signature)

Interior details

  • Second-row center armrest with integrated cup holders

  • Maximum cargo volume of 71.2 cu ft

  • Two 12-volt power outlets

  • 50/50 split fold-down third-row seats

  • Three-zone automatic climate control with pollen filter

NHTSA Safety Ratings

The 2021 Mazda CX-9 received an overall 5/5 rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Find out more about this rating and how NHTSA’s 5-Star Safety Ratings program evaluates the crash protection and rollover safety of new vehicles.

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