The starting price of the updated 2013 Mazda CX-9 in the U.S. is $30,580 (which includes a destination cost of $795), higher than the $30,520 starting price of last year’s model. The 2013 Mazda CX-9, which was previewed in Sydney, uses new sheetmetal so that it could be brought in line with Kodo design language that the other models of the brand uses.
The changes to its looks include a new front grille with a big chrome strip and the exhaust tips change from trapezoids to circles. Meanwhile, Zeal Red and Meteor Gray have been added to the color palette. It is equipped with a 5.8-inch multi-information display (MID) as standard. Its Bluetooth interface was updated to have improved control of streaming music as well as gain the ability to display text messages on the MID and permit drivers to touch in order to send some pre-set replies.
No revisions were made under the hood so all the Mazda CX-9 versions are powered by a 273-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission. The front-wheel-drive models have a fuel economy rating of 17/24 mpg (city/highway) while all-wheel-drive versions return 16/22 mpg.
CX-9 Sport is priced from $30,580 with front-wheel drive while the all-wheel drive version has a starting price of $32,170. It features the following as standard: 18-inch alloy wheels, three-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, Bluetooth and the aforementioned 5.8-inch MID.
For just $690, the CX-9 can be equipped with power driver’s seat, heated front seats, and heated mirrors. The CX-9 Touring has a $33,025 starting price for the front-wheel drive while the all-wheel drive costs from $34,615.
The features added here include leather seats, power front seats, automatic headlights, blind-spot monitoring, and a backup camera and sensors. For $3000, buyers can get the Touring Technology package, which bundles a Bose 10-speaker sound system, TomTom navigation, a power liftgate, push-button start, a moonroof, and fog lights.
Mazda has given the new CX9 an array of standard features like its new 3.7-liter V6 engine, its six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode, and its Active Torque-Split all-wheel drive. Depending on the market, the new Mazda CX-9 could be availed with privacy windows, power front and rear windows and burglar alarm, as well as power adjustable and heated front seats.
Also available are driver's seat memory function (up to five settings) as well as three-zone heating and air conditioning. The new Mazda CX9 could also be availed with premium BOSE 10 speaker 277W audio system with Centerpoint surround system and AudioPilot noise compensation. In addition, Mazda is throwing in available features like an Advanced keyless entry and start system, rain sensor and auto light systems. All of these standard and available features and technologies – along with the SUV’s high build quality – make the new Mazda CX9 stand out in the non-premium SUV segment.
The Japanese carmaker designed the cabin of the new Mazda CX9 to offer significantly low levels of noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH), which means that a drive and a ride could be comfortable and relaxing. Aside from its smooth and silent V6 engine and automatic transmission, the new Mazda CX9 features noise-suppressing foam as applied at 22 locations in the body shell. In addition, the new Mazda CX9 comes with a host of structural technologies that could dampen road and wind noise.
Thanks to a wheelbase of 2,875 mm – the longest in the segment – the new Mazda CX9 is large enough to comfortably accommodate up to six people. Moreover, it is provided with a practical and easy-to-use cockpit, which features a steering wheel with adjustable tilt.