Despite that most rivals are younger than this mid-size SUV, most of them still can’t keep the pace with the CX-9, whether it’s about performances, ride quality or comfort. This is still one of the best mid-size crossovers on the market, despite it has been around for about five years. Therefore, it’s no wonder that the Japanese manufacturer won’t rush with the redesign. According to the latest reports, the first thing we are about to see from Mazda is a completely new engine lineup. After that, the first model to come is the new Mazda6. This means the all-new CX-9 won’t come before 2023, which clearly indicates no bigger changes for the 2022 Mazda CX-9.
This means you may count on a familiar design, which just a couple of possible tweaks. The overall design will certainly remain the same, which means you may count on an SUV that offers excellent handling and good driving dynamics, along with a luxurious cabin. Furthermore, this is also one of the most efficient models in the class.
2022 Mazda CX-9 Redesign
As we just mentioned, Mazda won’t rush with the redesign. Simply, the current model is still good enough to compete and the next year shouldn’t bring any particular novelty. Of course, there is always a chance to see some new packages and editions, just like’s case with the new Carbon Edition for the 2021 model years. However, the base layout remains the same.
The current generation has been around since 2015 and it’s based on the company’s well-known SkyActive platform. It follows the brand’s contemporary KODO design language and it is definitely one of the best-looking models in the class, despite the age. Of course, exterior dimensions will also remain the same, which means you may count on quite respectable 115.4 inches in wheelbase, while the overall length is just under 200 inches.
Since we are talking about probably the last model year of the generation, bigger changes on the inside aren’t expected either. Therefore, you may count on the same layout, which is still one of the most impressive in the class. The overall quality is at a pretty impressive level, both in terms of materials and aesthetics. Everything looks really luxurious and elegant, while the long list of standard and available equipment makes everything feel even more opulent.
On the other side, one of the biggest drawbacks of this model is the amount of space. Despite the wheelbase and length, the third row isn’t particularly spacious. Moreover, it is pretty tight for the class. On the other side, the first and second-row seats are pretty spacious and comfortable.
The cargo area is also pretty small for the segment. You may count on about 14.4 cubic feet behind the third row, 38.2 behind the second and 71.2 behind the first row. Those are some of the lowest ratings in the class.
Additions in terms of standard and available equipment are always possible, so the 2022 Mazda CX-9 could come with a couple of novelties as well. Still, we don’t expect that too many things will change, so most of the things will probably remain the same as in the current model. The current model comes standard with goodies like tri-zone automatic climate control, a 10.3-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a six-speaker stereo, two USB ports, Bluetooth, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. In higher trim levels, you can get goodies like a moonroof, a navigation system, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster, wireless device charging, four more USB ports, satellite radio, a 12-speaker Bose stereo and many more.
2022 Mazda CX-9 Engine
Of course, this is the aspect that definitely won’t bring changes. The 2022 Mazda CX-9 will carry on with a well-known setup, which is based on a well-known 2.5-liter turbo-four, which comes in pair with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The total output goes around 227 horsepower but if you pour premium fuel, it goes all-away up to 250 horses and really impressive 320 pound-feet of torque. As a result, you get pretty impressive driving dynamics for a four-cylinder engine. At the same time, fuel economy is really impressive. This mid-size SUV returns around 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which are some of the best ratings in the segment. Of course, AWD models are slightly thirstier.
2022 Mazda CX-9 Release Date and Price
Since bigger changes probably won’t come, we presume that the 2022 Mazda CX-9 will hit the market in a typical time of a year, sometime in the last quarter of 2021. The price shouldn’t change either, so base models should go around 35.000 dollars. Some of the key competitors are models like Hyundai Palisade, Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot etc.