- The Mazda CX-9 is getting updates for 2020 that include new features and a price hike for all trim levels.
- Second-row captain's chairs are newly available on upper trim levels, as is a larger 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
- The 2020 Mazda CX-9 goes on sale this fall for a starting price of $34,835.
Since the CX-9 three-row SUV arrived for 2016, Mazda has made tweaks to its formula nearly every year. For 2020, the CX-9 benefits from several newly available features including second-row captain's chairs and a new touchscreen, and also gets a bit of extra torque for its turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
The turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-four that comes standard on all trim levels gets a 10 lb-ft boost to 320 lb-ft of torque (this is when running on premium fuel, as Mazda quotes a lower number of 310 lb-ft when running on regular gas). It still pairs with a six-speed automatic and either front- or all-wheel drive.
Mazda has also reprogrammed its traction control system and is touting a new feature called "off-road traction assist." Instead of a button to deactivate the traction control, there's now a button for this system that causes the traction-control system to stop restricting engine torque while also applying braking to wheels without traction.
How Does the CX-9 Stack Up?
The base Sport trim gets a $1510 price hike but makes up for that difference with newly standard features such as heated front cloth seats, a power driver's seat, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, and Mazda's full i-Activsense suite of driver-assist features.
The $36,655 Touring trim introduces the new 9.0-inch touchscreen display, which Mazda unfortunately hasn't provided photos of. It also gets a new key fob design and power-adjustable second-row seats. The Touring Premium Package, for $2100, includes the new captain's chairs, which reduce total seating capacity to six, and two USB ports for the third row.
Pony up $42,495 for the CX-9 Grand Touring and you get the third-row USB ports, heating for the second-row captain's chairs, and the hands-free power liftgate that we assume functions with a kick under the rear bumper (Mazda hasn't provided details on how it works).
The $47,160 CX-9 Signature still resides at the top of the lineup, adding a center console in between the heated second-row captain's chairs. It's now available with two Nappa leather upholstery colors, either Parchment or Deep Chestnut, and it has a new dark wheel finish to differentiate it from the Grand Touring.
2020 CX-9 models with these new features should start arriving in dealerships within the next few months.