The latest reports suggest that Mazda won’t be launching new models before next year when we are about to see a completely new, RWD platform. This clearly indicates that the company’s flagship model, the CX-9 will continue in the same way. The current generation has been around for about five years but despite the age, it is still one of the best mid-size SUVs around, probably the best if you don’t need that much interior space. Therefore, we believe that the 2022 Mazda CX-9 could bring nothing but minor updates, in terms of new standard features and maybe some new color options.
Other than that, we count on a familiar design, which has so many great things to offer. Thanks to very engaging handling and solid driving dynamics, this is arguably the most fun mid-size SUV to drive. Furthermore, you may count on an upscale interior and a long list of standard features. The best thing is that the package also includes a very good fuel economy.
Since there are no bigger changes to come, we presume that the 2022 Mazda CX-9 will hit the market sometime late in the year.
2022 Mazda CX-9 Redesign
This could be one of the last model years of the current generation, so we presume there won’t be bigger changes, especially not in terms of base design characteristics. Therefore, you may count on the same gorgeous styling, which follows Mazda’s contemporary design philosophy, making it one of the prettiest SUVs around. As we already mentioned, a new color could come for the next year, while we wouldn’t exclude the possibility to see some new special edition for the 2022 Mazda CX-9 either.
Besides beautiful styling, this crossover also offers an excellent chassis setup, which makes it very fun to drive. Handling is excellent, but the comfort definitely isn’t sacrificed. A whole package that can make any premium SUV run for its money.
The premium feel continues on the inside. Despite the age, everything looks fresh, thanks to a pretty simplistic design, full of classic design solutions. Add to this excellent materials and craftsmanship, and you get a real premium cabin. Also, we should mention that a bigger touchscreen has been added recently, which makes everything look even more opulent.
The driving position is great, not particularly high but high enough to ensure good visibility. The front seats are massive and supportive, while the second row accommodates adults with ease too. On the other side, the third row is tight, not typically tight for the segment but rather really cramped. The same story is with the cargo area, which offers below-average numbers for the segment. You may count on 14.4 cubic feet of space with all the seats up, 38.2 cubic feet behind the second row, and a total of 71.2 cubic feet.
A couple of additions to the list of standard equipment are possible, but we are pretty sure that most of the things will remain the same. Simply, the current model already comes equipped pretty well. The list of standard features includes goodies like a 10.3-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a six-speaker stereo, two USB ports, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi hotspot, push-button start, tri-zone climate control etc. Additionally, you can get things like a moonroof, a navigation system, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster, wireless device charging, four more USB ports, satellite radio, and a 12-speaker Bose stereo.
When it comes to safety features, the current model comes with standard forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. So, we don’t expect bigger changes in this aspect either.
2022 Mazda CX-9 Engines
Things under the hood definitely won’t change. The 2022 Mazda CX-9 will continue with a well-known 2.5-liter turbo-four, which puts around 227 horsepower. If you put premium gasoline in it, you may count on 250 horsepower and a pretty impressive 320 pound-feet of max torque. That’s on par with any diesel, so it’s no wonder that driving dynamics are great in the whole rev range, even better compared to most V6 rivals. The engine comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission, which does a fine job as well.
The best thing is that these excellent driving dynamics come in pair with excellent fuel economy. You may count on 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, and those are some of the best ratings in the class.
2022 Mazda CX-9 Release Date and Price
The exact launch date won’t be announced for some more time but if we consider that there are no significant changes to come, we presume that the 2022 Mazda CX-9 will hit the market sometime late in the year. Price changes aren’t expected either, so base models should go around 35.000 dollars. Some of the key rivals are models like Subaru Ascent, Hyundai Palisade, Toyota Highlander etc.