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Despite that the current generation of this crossover has been around for almost five years, it is still one of the best models in the class. It offers excellent ride quality, exceptional interior quality and great driving dynamics. Add to this a powerful and efficient powertrain, as well as a long list of safety features. With the recent updates, things are even better. Therefore, we presume that the 2021 Mazda CX-9 will carry on in the same way. Compared to most rivals, it offers better overall quality.
Still, if the interior space is your priority, it may be better to check models like VW Atlas or Chevy Traverse. On the other side, the CX-9 offers superior ride quality and style, so it’s up to your preference. Of you don’t necessarily need lots of legroom in the third row and you don’t plan to tow a trailer, this is probably the best choice for you.
How Spacious Is This SUV?
The 2021 Mazda CX-9 will carry on with the same design characteristics, so you may count on the same amount of interior space. As we already mentioned, this is not the most spacious three-row crossover in the class. Still, the amount of space in the first two rows is more than decent. The front row features around 41 inches of legroom, while the second one is good for about 38.5 inches. Those are pretty typical ratings for the class. Also, the recent Mazda CX-9 facelift 2020 has brought options second-row captain’s chairs, so rear passengers can enjoy even more comfort. When it comes to the third row, there is a little be under 30 inches of legroom. That definitely isn’t the lowest rating in the class, but many rivals offer more.
When it comes to the cargo capacity, you may count 14.4 cubic feet behind the third row. Once you fold it down, the capacity increases to 38.2 cubic feet. Finally, the overall capacity goes over 71 cubic feet. You can find many three-row SUVs that offer more cargo space.
2021 Mazda CX-9 Changes
Despite the rumors about the 2021 Mazda CX-9 redesign, we are pretty sure that the upcoming model won’t get a complete overhaul, especially if we consider the recent update. However, it won’t be a surprise if we see some stying changes. The Mazda CX-9 facelift 2021 seems quite possible, considering that the recent update was mostly about standard features and engine upgrades. Still, the base design characteristics will definitely remain the same, so you may count on the pretty much same ride quality. This crossover offers great driving dynamics, while handling is probably best in class. At the same time, crossover remains smooth and extremely comfortable.
What we really like about this crossover is the interior quality. This is definitely one of the strongest points of the model and we don’t expect to see any particular change. The CX-9 features probably the best-looking cabin in the class, which is characterized by a pretty attractive dashboard and impressive build quality, which is pretty much on par with premium crossover.
Besides a great look and feel, you may count on a pretty long list of tech and safety features. The recent update has brought a new 9.0-inch touchscreen, while the list of standard equipment has recently been updated with things like eaten 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. Of course, there is much more to get in higher trims and we may only presume that the upcoming model would expand in this aspect even more.
2021 Mazda CX-9 Engines
The 2021 Mazda CX-9 changes are not expected in this aspect. We count on the same 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which has been updated recently. A max torque now goes up to quite an impressive 320 pound-feet of torque. On the other side, horsepower remains the same. You can count on at least 227 horsepower. Still, if you pour premium gasoline, the power increases up to 250 horsepower.
Besides plenty of power, this engine is also pretty efficient, so you may count pretty high mpg ratings. You may count on about 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which puts this crossover among class leaders. The transmission is a 6-speed automatic, which sends power to either front or all wheels. If you choose the AWD model, the fuel economy drops for a couple of mpg.
2021 Mazda CX-9 Release Date and Price
Considering that bigger changes probably won’t come, we presume that the 2021 Mazda CX-9 release date will be scheduled for a typical time of year, sometime in the last quarter of 2020. The current model starts slightly under 35.000 dollars and we presume this won’t change too much in the future.