The fully redesigned 2016 Mazda CX-9 debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. The affordable large SUV gets new exterior styling, an updated interior and an all-new turbocharged engine. Expect the 2016 CX-9 to be on sale in the spring of 2016.
The 2016 Mazda CX-9 has a new, top-of-the-line Signature trim, which comes with a higher-class interior that includes Nappa leather seats, rosewood trim on the center console and aluminum trim with satin and polished finishes. Mazda says the “CX-9 was developed to indulge personal desires while satisfying rational needs for a practical, all- weather family vehicle.” The CX-9 comes standard with three rows and space for seven passengers.
Features available in the 2016 Mazda CX-9 include four USB ports (two in the front and two in the rear), Bluetooth, a 4.6-inch full color display screen in the gauge cluster, a full-color head-up display, a 12-speaker Bose premium audio system and Mazda's i-ACTIVSENSE safety features, which include forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and automatic high beams.
The 2016 CX-9 is the newest vehicle to be fully redesigned using Mazda's "KODO" design theme, which it already uses on most of its lineup. According to Mazda, the design has “sleek curves that provide a premium appeal in a segment awash with convention.” Overall, the redesigned CX-9 is just over an inch shorter than the previous model, but its wheelbase is more than 2 inches longer, which allows passengers more legroom and makes it easier to enter and exit the vehicle. Cargo capacity for the 2016 model has not yet been announced. For reference, the 2015 Mazda CX-9 has 17.2 cubic feet behind the third row, 48.3 with the third row folded and 100.7 with the second and third rows folded, which is smaller than average for the class.
The 2016 Mazda CX-9 is available with only one engine, an all-new turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder mated with a six-speed automatic transmission. At 250 horsepower, the 2016 CX-9 has which is 23 less horsepower than the standard V6 engine in the 2015 model. Front-wheel drive comes standard and all-wheel drive is optional. Mazda estimates that its new engine will offer a 20 percent increase in fuel efficiency compared to the current CX-9, which receives an EPA-estimated 17/24 mpg city/highway.
The price of the 2016 CX-9 hasn’t been released yet. The 2015 model is priced at $29,985, and we named it our Best Large SUV for the Money. If you can’t wait for the 2016 model, head over to our Mazda Deals page to see the best leasing and financing deals on a 2015 Mazda CX-9 in your area.