2021 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD new car reviews

In a sea of well-equipped SUVs and crossovers that offer three rows of seats, what makes Mazda's CX-9 stand out?

Looking through the spec sheet, nothing jumps out at us, though Mazda does point out a new, larger infotainment screen has been standardized across all trims. A new "Carbon Edition" has also been added to the lineup, offering a sportier image for the CX-9.

Mazda notes a number of aesthetic changes, both inside and out, for the specific trim we drove—the top-of-the-line Signature. Those include new wheels, larger tailpipes, added quilting to the seats, and even new trim on a few interior surfaces.

Perhaps the CX-9 stands out for its driving dynamics? To find out, you'll have to read our driving impressions below.

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens
Editorial Director

Mash this one together with the CX-30 and you’d have things going pretty well: The CX-30 offers way better headlights, but the CX-9 has a better transmission.

The CX-9 also doesn’t “drive big” for a three-row SUV. It feels tidy, like it’s the right size. It just happens to have room for a bunch of people.

The big question: Is it more exciting than the offerings from Korea?

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