2023 Mazda CX-9 Performance

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Mazda CX-9 Performance Rating

2023 CX-9 Performance

The CX-9 is a one-engine model with a turbocharged four-cylinder measuring 2.5 liters in displacement. There is no entry-level low-power version nor a high-output performance variant. Most of its rivals are sticking to the tried and trusted naturally-aspirated V6 recipe. There are upsides and downsides to both, the most notable upside being the CX-9's healthy torque figure. With up to 320 lb-ft of torque on tap, the CX-9 dashes from 0 to 60 mph in just over seven seconds, which is about average for the segment. When it comes to three-row family SUVs, Mazda does not provide a top speed.

The Mazda impresses with its low-down grunt, brisk acceleration, and decent fuel economy. On the downside, it can't tow as much as its rivals. The Mazda has a towing capacity of only 3,500 lbs, while many competitors can tow up to 5,000 lbs.

2023 CX-9 Performance Photos

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2023 Mazda CX-9 Rear Angle View
2023 Mazda CX-9 Central Control Panel
2023 Mazda CX-9 Engine

Engine and Transmission

When you only offer one engine, you better make sure it's a decent one. Luckily, Mazda succeeds in this department, as the 2.5-liter turbocharged four-pot is a gutsy powertrain.

The Mazda's 250 hp is on the low side in this class, but in big cars like these, it's the torque that matters. Luckily, the Mazda has 320 lb-ft to work with, making the acceleration feel smooth and unburdensome. The total torque output is available at 2,500 rpm, making the CX-9 a joy around town and merging on the freeway. Mazda even lets owners run the CX-9 on regular fuel if they don't feel like shelling out extra for premium. With 87 octane, the engine produces 227 hp and 310 lb-ft.

The engine comes mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, which sends the power to an all-wheel-drive system on every trim. While there's nothing wrong with how Mazda's transmission operates, a few more cogs might help it have a smoother power delivery, allowing you to always be in the meat of the power band.

2023 Mazda CX-9 Performance Specs:

Mazda CX-9 TrimsMazda CX-9 EnginesMazda CX-9 HorsepowerMazda CX-9 TransmissionsMazda CX-9 DrivetrainsMazda CX-9 MPG/MPGE
Touring2.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas227 hp @ 5000 rpm6-Speed AutomaticAWD23 MPG
Touring Plus2.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas227 hp @ 5000 rpm6-Speed AutomaticAWD23 MPG
Carbon Edition2.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas227 hp @ 5000 rpm6-Speed AutomaticAWD23 MPG
Grand Touring2.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas227 hp @ 5000 rpm6-Speed AutomaticAWD23 MPG
Signature2.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas227 hp @ 5000 rpm6-Speed AutomaticAWD23 MPG

2023 CX-9 Gas Mileage

The Mazda CX-9 is reasonably fuel-efficient. The EPA-estimated mileage of 20/26/23 mpg city/highway/combined is decent, but it's now overshadowed by the CX-90, whose mild-hybrid six-cylinder powertrain manages 24/28/25 mpg, despite far superior power and performance stats. With its 19.5-gallon fuel capacity, the CX-9 manages a range of 448 miles on the combined cycle.

2023 Mazda CX-9 Fuel Capacity

Mazda CX-9 TrimsTouringTouring PlusCarbon EditionGrand TouringSignature
Mazda CX-9 Fuel Economy (Cty/Hwy)20/2620/2620/2620/2620/26

2023 Mazda CX-9 Trailering

Mazda CX-9 TrimsTouringTouring PlusCarbon EditionGrand TouringSignature
Mazda CX-9 Maximum Trailering Capacity3,500 lbs.3,500 lbs.3,500 lbs.3,500 lbs.3,500 lbs.
Engine2.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas2.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas2.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas2.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas2.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Transmission6-Speed Automatic6-Speed Automatic6-Speed Automatic6-Speed Automatic6-Speed Automatic
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