2020 Mazda CX-9 Brings More Torque And Second-Row Captain’s Chairs — For A Price

2020 Mazda CX-9
The 2020 Mazda CX-9 carries over with some minor changes. [Photos: Mazda]

Don’t strain your eyes too hard looking for major changes in the 2020 Mazda CX-9. The model carries over relatively unchanged, save for a couple thoughtful touches. However, the CX-9 also sees a $900 price increase over the 2019 model.

First up on the changes list is the powertrain. Yes, it still uses the same 2.5-liter turbocharged engine and six-speed automatic transmission as before. For the 2020 model year, though, it gets a 10 lb-ft torque boost. Now the CX-9’s output is rated at 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque, but there’s a catch. Mazda rates that output only when the car is running on 93 octane fuel. Run it on regular 87 octane, and you’ll still get 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. As before, all-wheel drive is available on all trim levels except the top-end Signature, where it’s a standard feature.

2020 Mazda CX-9
The Mazda CX-9’s interior remains largely unchanged, except for the available second-row captain’s chairs.

The 2020 Mazda CX-9 is now also available with second-row captain’s chairs, rather than strictly offering a bench seat. While other three-row crossovers offer a six-seater configuration on entry-level models, on the CX-9 it’s only available with the Touring Premium Package and Grand Touring trim levels. The Grand Touring and Signature trims also get a hands-free power liftgate as standard equipment.

2020 Mazda CX-9

The $2,100 Touring Premium Package also offers two USB charging ports on the third row, a power moonroof, a 12-speaker Bose audio system, LED fog lamps, parking sensors and second-row retractable sunshades.

While prices start at $33,790 for the base, front-wheel drive Sport, they rise to over $46,000 on the all-wheel drive Signature. Here’s a complete breakdown:

2020 Mazda CX-9 pricing

Grand Touring$42,495$44,395

*Prices include Mazda’s $1,045 destination fee.

Check out more on the Mazda CX-9 in our buddy review below!