Mazda’s CX-9 midsize crossover now has commonplace all-wheel drive

After getting some upgrades and styling tweaks final yr, the Mazda CX-9 midsize household crossover returns for 2022 with a brand new bonus: the i-Activ all-wheel drive is now commonplace throughout the lineup.
Final yr, the all-wheel drive got here at no additional price solely on the top-of-the-line Signature trim degree, and was $1,900 additional on all different fashions.

Together with the all-wheel drive, the CX-9 additionally options off-road traction help, which  helps preserve traction routinely on uneven surfaces. G-Vectoring Management Plus can be commonplace, designed to reinforce steering response.

The CX-9 is aimed toward younger {couples} and trendy households, but additionally is supposed for older empty-nesters who pursue energetic life.
Now in its second technology, the CX-9 can maintain as much as seven passengers in its commonplace configuration, with two bucket seats up entrance, a middle-row three-person bench seat, and a two-person third-row bench seat.

With twin captain’s chairs as a substitute of the bench seat within the center row, the CX-9 has room for as much as six passengers.
For 2022, CX-9 costs start at $35,280 (plus $1,225 freight) for the bottom Sport mannequin, and high out at $47,210 for the Signature mannequin, which we examined for this report.
In between are the Touring mannequin ($37,430; new-for-2022 Touring Plus mannequin ($41,660);  Carbon Version ($43,580); and Grand Touring ($44,440). Every mannequin builds on the options of those under it.

Powering all CX-9 fashions is the turbocharged Skyactiv-G 2.5T engine, which is rated at 227 horsepower and 310 foot-pounds when utilizing common gasoline (87 octane). However that may soar to 250 horsepower when utilizing premium gasoline.
It’s linked to a six-speed Skyactiv-Drive computerized transmission.
New exterior design cues launched final yr are complemented by a well-crafted inside that includes new seat patterning and the most important infotainment show ever put in on a CX-9. 

The Signature mannequin comes with the middle-row captain’s chairs, however they’re accessible on the Touring, Touring Plus and Grand Touring. They’re heated on the Signature and Grand Touring fashions. 
The bottom Sport mannequin contains some premium options, comparable to heated entrance fabric seats, an influence driver’s seat with lumbar assist, Grey Metallic 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers, heated exterior mirrors, and computerized headlights and excessive beams.
Mazda’s i-Activsense security options are commonplace on all fashions. They embody Radar Cruise Management with Cease and Go, Superior Good Metropolis Brake Assist with pedestrian detection, Good Brake Assist with Collision Warning, Lane-Departure Warning with Lane-Hold Help, and Blind Spot Monitoring System with Rear Cross-Site visitors Alert.

Different commonplace options embody a seven-inch Mazda Join infotainment display, LED headlights and taillights, one-touch entrance and rear energy home windows, rear privateness glass, three-zone computerized local weather management, Bluetooth hands-free cellphone and audio pairing, rearview digicam, keyless entry and pushbutton begin.
The Touring mannequin comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, leather-based seats, power-adjustable passenger seats, energy liftgate with adjustable peak, a second-row middle armrest with storage, cupholders and two USB charging ports, and a brand new nine-inch coloration contact display.

Different Touring options embody Mazda Superior Keyless Entry and Begin System with subsequent technology key fob, and second-row energy slide-and-tilt seat.
The Touring Premium Bundle ($2,080) permits for collection of the middle-row captain’s chairs with armrest and middle pass-through for third-row passengers, and provides a Bose 12-speaker premium audio, wi-fi cellphone charger, energy moon roof, entrance and rear parking sensors, two third-row USB charging ports, LED fog lights, second-row retractable window sunshade, and SiriusXM satellite tv for pc radio with three-month trial subscription.

Touring Plus fashions include all of the options of the CX-9 Touring with the Touring Premium package deal, together with ventilated entrance seats, an influence driver’s seat with reminiscence, black metallic 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels, gloss-black entrance grille, aluminum roof rails, and a frameless rearview mirror.
Grand Touring extras embody the 2 third-row USB charging ports and 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels with Good Silver End, 360-degree digicam system, Energetic Driving Show with Site visitors Signal Recognition, ventilated entrance seats, heated steering wheel, computerized folding door mirrors, the ability moon roof, LED door-pocket lights, LED entrance door deal with and swap lights, Adaptive Entrance-lighting System, chrome exterior accents, satin-chrome roof rails, wiper de-icers, overhead entrance middle console illumination, and the entrance and rear parking sensors.

Our Signature tester got here with two USB charging ports and cupholders built-in into bottom of the entrance middle console. It additionally included a middle console much like the entrance one, with inside storage.
Signature fashions additionally include a selection of Deep Chestnut (our tester) or Parchment Nappa leather-based seats to go together with the usual Santos Rosewood inside trim. There’s additionally a darkish silver wheel end distinctive to the CX-9 Signature,
Outdoors, our tester had the Snowflake White Pearl Mica premium coloration ($395 additional). There are also two premium colours for $595 every: Soul Pink Crystal and Machine Grey Metallic.

The entrance seats on our car had been heated and ventilated, whereas the center seats had been heated.
The CX-9 competes instantly with the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder, Hyundai Palisade, Kia Telluride, Subaru Ascent, Chevrolet Traverse, Volkswagen Atlas, Volvo XC-90, Acura MDX, GMC Acadia, Buick Enclave and Dodge Durango.
Mazda’s CX-9 stands out as top-of-the-line household SUVs in its class, despite the fact that it’s not a car that will get plenty of publicity and doesn’t routinely find yourself on many buying lists. That’s unlucky, as a result of it’s price contemplating within the crowded midsize/massive crossover area. 
It combines massive measures of favor and efficiency right into a package deal that not solely has nice curb enchantment, but additionally is a pleasure to drive.
Though the latest CX-9 continues to supply a six-speed computerized as earlier than, it has a sport driving mode that pairs nicely with the turbo engine. Most rivals are going with transmissions which have eight, 9 or 10 gears, nonetheless.
We had loads of energy from this engine, because of the turbocharger and the spectacular torque, which gave the car a sporty really feel. The transmission shifted easily, and there was little or no turbo lag throughout onerous acceleration.
EPA fuel-economy rankings are 20 mpg metropolis/26 freeway/23 mixed. We averaged about 22.7 mpg throughout our check week, with a mixture of about 50-50 p.c freeway/metropolis driving.

Succesful on slippery surfaces and in sand and on most filth and gravel roads, the all-wheel drive has 27 sensors to measure circumstances greater than 200 occasions per second to find out methods to allocate energy to every wheel to reduce wheel slip.
This method isn’t supposed for excessive off-road use, nonetheless, because it doesn’t have low-range gearing. Seaside driving is straightforward with this technique, although.
Different security options embody digital stability and roll management with traction management, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, entrance seat-mounted aspect air baggage, and roof-mounted side-curtain air baggage for all three rows. Our tester additionally had trailer stability management, however trailer towing is restricted to three,500 kilos.
There’s 14.4 cubic toes of cargo area behind the third-row seat, however that expands to 38.2 cubic toes with the third-row seatback folded down, or 71.2 cubic toes with each rear seatbacks folded. 
We loved the superior 12-speaker Bose premium audio and the navigation system, which had 2-D and 3-D modes. It was simple to program and had massive kind for simpler studying on the go.
CX-9’s inside is typical of Mazda merchandise, with nice consideration to element and plenty of creature comforts. The three-zone computerized local weather management was environment friendly in protecting entrance and middle-row passengers snug.
In addition to the premium paint, there have been no choices on our 2022 CX-9 Signature tester. Complete sticker worth was $48,830, together with freight and choices.
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2022 Mazda CX-9

The package deal: Midsize, seven-passenger, five-door, turbocharged four-cylinder, all-wheel-drive crossover utility car.
Highlights: That is the latest model of Mazda’s household measurement crossover, with nice seems, sporty efficiency and plenty of high-tech security expertise. For 2022, all-wheel drive is now commonplace on all fashions
Negatives: Restricted cargo area behind third row.
Engine: 2.5-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder.
Transmission: Six-speed computerized.
Energy/torque: 227 HP./310 foot-pounds utilizing common gasoline); 250 HP./320 foot-pounds utilizing premium gasoline.
Size: 199.4 inches.
Curb weight: 4,054-4,301 kilos.
Cargo quantity: 14.4 cubic toes (behind third seat); 71.2 cubic toes (third seat folded).
Towing capability: 3,500 kilos.
Digital stability management: Commonplace, with anti-roll function.
Aspect air baggage: Seat-mounted entrance aspect; side-curtain for all rows.
Gas capability/kind: 19.5 gallons, unleaded common acceptable.
EPA gasoline economic system: 20 mpg metropolis/26 freeway/23 mixed.
Base worth vary (2022): $35,280-$47,210, plus $1,225 freight.
Worth as examined: $48,830, together with freight and premium paint (2022 Signature mannequin).
On the Highway ranking: 9.2 (of a attainable 10).
Costs proven are producer’s prompt