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Comfort Food: The 2022 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD


2022 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD front 3/4 view

Driving 104 new cars (give or take) a year allows for a lot of surprise and discovery. It also allows for repeat visits every year or so from old favorites.


2022 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD rear 3/4 view

While some cars start to feel long in the tooth, the 2022 Mazda CX-9 isn't one of them. This is a vehicle I've always enjoyed, and it cemented our relationship five years ago during one of the epic camping trips my wife and I took in the before times (and hope to resume next summer).

2022 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD hood up

2022 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD engine

Changes for the CX-9 have been largely incremental, and focused on an interior refresh and updates to the (still somewhat balky) infotainment system. Under the hood, it's the same 227 horsepower 2.5-liter turbo four mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. If there's one area where I would argue the CX-9 is outdated, it's the lack of more gears, which would help the vehicle's just-okay EPA fuel economy estimate of 20 miles per gallon in the city and 26 on the highway.


2022 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD rear liftgate up

2022 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD interior

2022 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD rear seat

2022 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD front seats

2022 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD front seat detail

2022 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD instrument panel

The CX-9 has benefitted from Mazda's move to a more premium feel for its vehicles. In terms of materials as well as fit and finish, the CX-9 feels more competitive with Audi and Mercedes than with Toyota and Nissan.


The base price of the 2022 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD, the model's top of the line, is $47,210. For that, you get an exhaustive list of standard equipment, including 20-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing windshield wipers, Nappa leather-trimmed seats, heated and ventilated up front, heated in the second row, a three-zone automatic climate control, a power moonroof, navigation, a 12-speaker Bose audio system and a full suite of active safety features.


2022 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD steering wheel and gauge cluster

2022 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD center console

2022 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD center stack

The only extra-cost option on our test vehicle was $395 for the Snowflake White Pearl paint, so with $1,225 delivery, processing and handling fee, the as-tested price of the 2022 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD is $48,830.

2022 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD front view

2022 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD side view

2022 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD rear view

A three-row crossover with that kind of feature content and that kind of interior for under $50k is a serious bargain. The Mazda CX-9 is probably going to be replaced by a new generation (likely branded the CX-90) fairly soon. But this is a vehicle that was so good at introduction that time hasn't fully caught up with it yet. If one shows up in my driveway next year, I won't be disappointed.

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