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2021 Mazda CX-9: What to Expect?


Dec 3, 2019
2021 Mazda CX-9 Changes

There are many mid-size crossovers on the market these days but a small number of them can match Mazda’s overall quality. The CX-9 is a perfect choice for those who way to drive with style, for drivers how to care about driving dynamics, interior quality and technologies. The best thing about this crossover is that you don’t have to pay a premium price to get all these goodies.  Therefore, we are carefully tracking all reports about the 2021 Mazda CX-9.

The new 2020 model year comes with subtle but nice updates. There is a new infotainment screen, as well as an upgraded engine and a couple of more interesting novelties. Therefore, we are pretty sure that the next year won’t bring any particular changes. Some reports even suggest a complete 2021 Mazda CX-9 redesign, though we believe it’s too early for that. The current generation should remain in production for a couple of more years. Therefore, we expect it will hit the market in a typical time of year.

2021 Mazda CX-9 Changes

2021 Mazda CX-9 Design

In terms of base design characteristics, this model hasn’t changed since the initial launch of the current generation from four years ago. Despite that many rivals have been updated meanwhile, this crossover still stands out for excellent driving characteristics. The 2021 Mazda CX-9 will continue in the same way. We don’t expect any particular mechanical change, so you may count on the recognisably polished and dynamic ride.

The same thing goes for styling. Some reports suggest 2021 Mazda CX-9 facelift, but we don’t believe that the current generation will remain in production for too long, despite that the original model was produced for almost a decade. This time, we count on a shorter production cycle. Therefore, you may count on the same, gorgeous styling, which is based on the company’s famous KODO design language. Although with an older generation of this styling philosophy, we have no doubt that the 2021 Mazda CX-9 will remain the best-looking model in the class.


The cabin of this crossover is equally impressive as the styling. In this aspect, Mazda is definitely on par with premium brands. The cabin looks attractive but besides an amazing look, it also features impressive quality. You can easily notice that soft-touch surfaces are all around the cabin, while numerous details show excellent craftsmanship.

2021 Mazda CX-9 Interior

The recent update has brought a couple of novelties, so things are even better now. First of all, there is a new 9.0-inch touchscreen. Those who care about comfort and convenience more than most people can now opt for the second-row captain’s chairs.  Standard models will carry on with the second-row bench and you may count on a great comfort in both variants.

The only potential issue could be the third row. Many rivals feature more legroom in this area, but the CX-9 is still far away from the smallest third row in the class. The same thing goes for the cargo area. There are 14.4 cubic feet behind the third row, which is below-average for the class.


Naturally, such beautiful vehicles deserve to be equipped with a full load of standard features. When it comes to tech features, we already mentioned the new touchscreen, but there is much more. All models come standard with things like USB ports, Bluetooth, Pandora, Stitcher, while we also expect to see Android Auto and Apple CarPlay on the list of standard equipment. 

Things are even more impressive with safety features, though 2021 Mazda CX-9 changes are possible in this aspect as well. Still, keep in mind that the current model already comes standard with things like a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and Smart City Brake Support, automatic high beams, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and many more.

2021 Mazda CX-9 Release Date

 2021 Mazda CX-9 Engine

Another strong point of this crossover. The 2021 Mazda CX-9 will definitely carry on with a turbo-four engine, despite that most rivals feature six cylinders. Of course, we are talking about a 2.5-liter engine, which gained 10lb-ft more recently. A max output now goes around 227 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque. Don’t be fooled with numbers, the huge amount of torque ensures excellent driving dynamics, better compared to most V6-powered rivals.

If you want the full experience, pour premium gasoline, as the max output goes up to 250 horsepower in that case. Combined with excellent handling and overall athleticism, this engine is definitely one of those that put a smile on your face, especially if we consider a pretty impressive fuel economy that goes around 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

2021 Mazda CX-9 Release Date and Price

Considering that there are no bigger changes to come, we are pretty sure that the 2021 Mazda CX-9 release date will be scheduled for the last quarter of 2020. The price should also remain pretty much the same, which means around 34.500 dollars for the base model. Key competitors are models like Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot etc.

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