These days, most mid-size crossovers are all about practicality. Most carmakers offer family-friendly vehicles, with lots of cargo space and a high level of comfort. In many cases, driving pleasure is neglected. Fortunately, this isn’t that type of vehicle. The CX-9 offers amazing driving experience, thanks to an amazing handling and punchy turbo engine. The current generation has been around since 2016 and still rates pretty high on most lists. Many experts suggest changes for the 2020 Mazda CX-9. It looks like we could see a mid-cycle refresh for this occasion. Though details are still unknown, we expect that the upcoming model will bring novelties in terms of styling and interior design.
Changes in mechanics are not expected, especially if we consider the recent suspension update. Also, count on a little bit earlier launch date, due to upcoming changes.
2020 Mazda CX-9 Redesign
As we already mentioned, the 2020 Mazda CX-9 should receive a mid-cycle refresh. The exact details about all the changes are still unknown, we must rely on our own predictions at the moment. We are pretty sure that bigger changes in terms of base design characteristics won’t come. The base shape will remain, as well as a complete chassis setup. We saw some mechanical changes recently. There is a new suspension setup. With it, the company has managed to get better overall comfort, while preserving excellent handling and overall driving experience.
On the other side, visual changes are the aspect where we expect a lot from the 2020 Mazda CX-9. The current model is already one of the best-looking models in class, but it should adopt the latest design language with of the brand with this facelift. This means changes primarily at front. We count on all those styling solutions that characterize smaller crossovers that came recently. In practice, this would mean smaller, narrower headlights, as well as a restyled, more prominent grille. Of course, some reshapings of the bumper are expected as well. The rear end should also come with a couple of changes but in a smaller intensity.
2020 Mazda CX-9 Interior
For years, Mazda and its models have been praised for hi-quality interiors. As a flagship model, the CX-9 is pretty much the best Mazda can offer at this moment, and it offers a lot. The overall interior quality is amazing. It’s not just about hi-quality materials, but this crossover features lots of style on the inside. Without any doubt, this is one of the most upscale interiors in the segment. It delivers way more than a typical mid-size crossover, both in terms of style and quality of materials.
Most likely, the 2020 Mazda CX-9 won’t feature too many changes in this aspect. On the other side, we could see more standard equipment in the offer, though we must say that the current model is already pretty strong in this area. Even the most basic models are equipped with tech goodies like a 7-inch touchscreen, two USB ports, Pandora, Stitcher etc. In higher trims, you can also get things like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. These advanced smartphone connectivities could be some of the novelties for the next year, so expect to see them available across the whole range. Speaking of higher trims, you can also count on features like leather upholstery, rosewood inlays, aluminum trim, premium sound system etc.
Probably the only big complaint goes to the cargo area, which is smaller compared to most rivals. You can count on 14 cubic feet behind the third row, but a good thing is that the floor is wide and flat. Also, all models except the base feature power liftgate.
The cargo area may be tight, but seats definitely aren’t. First two rows offer plenty of legroom and excellent support. The second-row slides and reclines, so taller people will find it comfortable as well. The third row also offers a decent amount of space. It’s not on the Honda Pilot’s level, but still roomy enough to accommodate adults.
2020 Mazda CX-9 Engine
There are no secrets under the hood. While we are waiting for the industry-first compression-ignition gasoline engine, the 2020 Mazda CX-9 will continue with a familiar 2.5-liter turbo inline-four. A max output goes between 227 and 250 horsepower, depending on the fuel you pour. Such amount of power is enough to provide brisk acceleration and great overall performances. The fact that this is a four-cylinder engine is an obvious advantage compared to rivals, which predominately use V6 engine. Therefore, you can count on great fuel economy as well. It goes around 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Those are some of the best ratings in the class.
2020 Mazda CX-9 Release Date and Price
Considering the expected update, we should see the 2020 Mazda CX-9 a little bit earlier than usual. Most likely, it will be the third quarter of the next year. In terms of the price, base models should keep pretty much the same price tag, which currently goes around 32.000 dollars.