The Mazda CX-9 is now available with second-row captain’s chairs, a nine-inch infotainment touchscreen and much more for the 2020 model year.
The 2020 Mazda CX-9 has received several new features and enhancements, the most notable being the availability of second-row captain’s chairs, a nine-inch touchscreen for the Mazda Connect infotainment system and a new off-road traction feature. The CX-9 rivals the Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, Chevrolet Traverse and Subaru Ascent, among others.
First, here’s what hasn’t changed. The CX-9’s exterior design is left untouched, save for new alloy wheels designs and colours and every trim level except the GT. Under the hood, the midsize SUV is still equipped with a turbocharged, 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine, which develops 227 horsepower with regular fuel and 250 horses with 93-octane juice. If we spring for the latter, torque peak climbs from 310 to 320 pound-feet.
A six-speed automatic transmission is still on-board, although the front-wheel drivetrain is no longer available. That’s right; every CX-9 will now be sold in Canada with AWD, which the vast majority of buyers probably chose anyway.
The G-Vectoring Control software has been replaced by G-Vectoring Control Plus, which is said to add stability on corner exit by influencing vehicle yaw through the stability control system. Meanwhile, Off-Road traction assist has been added across the board, which increases brake force on wheels that lose traction over uneven surfaces, transferring power to the wheels that have traction.
The $39,990 2020 Mazda CX-9 GS—ten bucks less than last year’s GS AWD trim—includes items such as heated front seats, cloth upholstery, rain-sensing windshield wipers, three-zone climate control, a Mazda Connect infotainment system with seven-inch touchscreen as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
It also gets the brand’s i-Activsense suite of advanced safety features, rounding up Smart City Brake Support with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control with stop and go capability, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and lane keep assist as well as blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert.
Next up, the $43,300 CX-9 GS-L gets 20-inch wheels, a windshield wiper de-icer, a heated steering wheel, heated second-row seats with power slide and tilt for easier access to the third-row seat, a power tailgate with a new hands-free feature, leather upholstery, a power sunroof, a new intelligent key as well as a nine-inch touchscreen.
The $48,500 GT also benefits from a 360-degree camera system, an extra USB for third-row occupants, ventilated front seats, adaptive headlights and park sensors front and back. The second-row, heated captain’s chairs are available in the GS-L and GT for $300, which reduces capacity from seven to six passengers.
The $51,500 CX-9 Signature receives the captain’s chairs as standard equipment, but adds a centre console with storage and USB ports. The Chroma Brown Nappa leather has been replaced by a choice between Deep Chestnut and Pure White, while Soul Red Crystal Metallic and Deep Crystal Blue Mica are now offered on the Signature as well.
Simply put, the 2020 Mazda CX-9 offers more features for the same price as last year. It will go on sale this fall.