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Most cogent changes: New mid-level Carbon Edition trim; 10.25-inch infotainment awning accepted on all models; college trims get added assurance tech
Price change: $70 access for CX-9 Sport; $40 access for CX-9 Touring; $390 access for CX-9 Grand Touring and Signature
On sale: Late August
Which should you buy, 2020 or 2021? It depends. The 2021 CX-9 offers added archetypal assortment and assurance appearance for a bashful amount increase, but it wasn’t anon bright if the multimedia arrangement absent the approachable CX-9’s touchscreen functionality.
Mazda is afterlight its CX-9 flagship three-row SUV for the 2021 archetypal year, abacus a accepted 10.25-inch dashboard affectation to all models, added assurance tech to college trims and creating a new Carbon Edition that lets buyers acquirement what Mazda considers a added visually agitative CX-9.
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It wasn’t anon bright if the 10.25-inch affectation still works as a touchscreen, a functionality eschewed in favor of Mazda’s arm-level ambassador on cars like the CX-30 and Mazda3. The approachable CX-9 offered 7- or 9-inch displays with touchscreen functionality back the car was stopped. Asked to analyze the 2021 CX-9’s interface, a Mazda agent did not anon respond.
The new Carbon Edition comes with gray exoteric acrylic and red covering upholstery, forth with a gloss-black grille and mirrors, and trim-specific 20-inch wheels. It doesn’t, however, change the CX-9’s performance, as it charcoal powered by the aforementioned 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder agent that produces 250 application and 320 pounds-feet of torque — but alone on exceptional gas. Use approved and those numbers bead to 227 hp and 310 pounds-feet.
Carbon Edition models and aloft additionally add low-speed rear automated emergency braking and a disciplinarian absorption active arrangement to the accepted i-Activsense apartment of assurance features, and the Grand Touring and Signature models additionally add a 360-degree camera system.
The abject front-wheel-drive Sport now starts at $35,060, up $70 for 2021. Upgrading to a 2021 FWD CX-9 Touring will amount $36,850, an added $40 over a commensurable 2020 model, and a Touring-specific Exceptional Package adds an added $2,060. The new Carbon Edition sits in the average of the ambit at $42,180 for a FWD example. A FWD CX-9 Grand Touring costs $43,040 for 2021, while the top-of-the-line CX-9 Signature with accepted all-wheel drive costs $47,705 — both $390 increases over 2020 models. (All prices accommodate an banausic destination fee of $1,100.) Abacus AWD to every 2021 CX-9 but the Signature adds $1,900 to the price, as it did for the 2020 archetypal year.
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Lower trim levels of the 2021 CX-9 ability amount a slight exceptional against competitors like the Honda Pilot, Hyundai Palisade and Kia Telluride, but both the Palisade and Pilot can beat college trim levels of the CX-9, and the 2021 Pilot can alike beat $50,000. The touchscreen charcoal a catechism mark, but with bashful amount increases in barter for a bigger autogenous and assurance tech, the 2021 Mazda CX-9 is an contrarily solid best over a commensurable 2020 CX-9.
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