We walked away from our drive of the 2016 Mazda CX-9 prototype in Los Angeles very impressed with the all-new SUV and its torquey 2.5-liter turbo-four. Mazda has now revealed how much buyers will pay for the three-row crossover, with the base 2016 Mazda CX-9 Sport starting at $32,420.
Engineers and product planners were clear that the 2016 Mazda CX-9 is a big step up from the last model, so it’s no surprise to see the entry price climb $1,535 further toward the premium space. Standard goodies now include LED headlights and taillights, 18-inch wheels, trailer stability assist, and Mazda Connect infotainment with a seven-inch color display and a backup camera. Fabric seats are standard (Mazda is quick to point out that that’s also true in the Miata) but the available Sport Package ($950) adds a power driver’s seat, heated front seats, and heated side mirrors.
The $36,870 2016 Mazda CX-9 Touring adds blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, leather seats, keyless entry, a power liftgate, power front seats, and an eight-inch touchscreen. For $1,745 you can tack on the Touring Premium Package for LED foglights, automatic headlights, navigation, and a Bose sound system. That Bose system, by the way, might be the first time it’s worth it to go with premium audio in a Mazda given the big improvements in NVH isolation in the new CX-9.
Next up is the Grand Touring model at $41,070. That includes everything from Sport and Touring, plus adaptive front lighting, 20-inch wheels, real aluminum interior trim, a head-up display, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and roof rails.
For the lush inside you there is the heady 2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature, which is what Mazda let us sample on the prototype drive. Nappa leather, rosewood from Japanese guitar gurus at Fujigen, and LED exterior and interior accent lighting are all included.
Front-wheel drive will come standard except on the top-trim Signature model. Otherwise all-wheel drive will slap on $1,800. The sole engine choice is Mazda’s new Skyactiv 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, good for 250 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. The new mill, which Mazda tuned for real-world fuel economy and useful low-end torque below 3,000 rpm, is EPA-rated at the top of its class with 22/28/25 mpg city/highway/combined.
The 2016 Mazda CX-9 goes on sale late this spring.