The CX-9 is available in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive in one of three models: Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. Power comes from a 273-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 with a six-speed automatic transmission that has manual gear selection capability. Sport and Touring models feature 18-inch alloy wheels while the Grand Touring rides on 20-inch wheels. Folding third row seats and a sliding second row creates a surprisingly roomy cargo space. Standard safety equipment includes side curtain airbags for all three rows of seats, anti-lock brakes, stability control with roll control and tire pressure monitoring.
The Mazda CX-9 gains standard rear cross traffic alert on Touring and Grand Touring models and a new 20-inch wheel design for 2014.