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Many new vehicle shoppers in Mississauga and the Greater Toronto Area want the practicality and flexibility of a seven-seat crossover SUV but not the bulk and expense of a full-size model. The comprise comes in the shape of three-row midsize models like the 2023 Mazda CX-9, a stunningly stylish recent addition to this increasingly competitive section of the auto market. With its good looks, appealing interior, impressive safety credentials, and standard AWD, the CX-9 is a class act.
The Mazda CX-9 strikes a nice balance between offering shoppers plenty of choices and too many choices that can sometimes make the new vehicle buying process confusing. There are five trim levels of the CX-9 to choose from, and every model gets all-wheel-drive as part of its standard specification. The lineup starts with the entry-level GS trim level, then the range goes to the GS-L, GT, Kuro, and range-topping Signature.
Unlike some rivals, there isn’t what you’d call a fleet-focused model propping up the CX-9 lineup to deliver an almost artificially low price for advertising purposes. Instead, the entry-level CX-9 GS has an impressive standard specification that many shoppers will be happy with. But that also gives you an idea of how close to genuine luxury the higher CX-9 trim levels in the 2023 lineup get.
The 2023 Mazda CX-9 is a relatively sizeable vehicle, which means an equally substantial powerplant is required to deliver the performance drivers want, even with a full complement of passengers and cargo onboard. Mazda has chosen to equip all versions of the 2023 CX-9 with the same powertrain, and it’s a good one. The engine under the CX-9’s hood is a thoroughly contemporary 2.5-litre turbo-four, which is as economical as it is capable with 250 horsepower and 320 lb.-ft. of torque.
Every model sends its power to all four wheels through a standard six-speed automatic transmission with a manual-shift mode and a Drive Selection switch. And the entry-level GS is the only model that doesn’t get standard paddle shifters for that manual control element. Regardless of the trim level, the 2023 Mazda CX-9 gets rated for fuel economy at 11.6 L/100km in the city and 9.1 L/100 km on the highway.
You probably wouldn’t think of a base model if you see a standard equipment list that includes tri-zone climate control, a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, and keyless entry. Or what about heated front and second-row outboard seats and an eight-way power driver’s seat? But those are all standard with the CX-9 GS.
The mid-range GT is the place to go if you’d like a significantly higher standard specification than the GS. The GT gets a standard 12-speaker Bose audio system, SiriusXM Satellite Radio & Traffic Plus with Travel Link, LED internal lighting, LED front and rear signature lighting, adaptive front lights, and 20-inch alloy wheels. Above the GT trim level, you’re getting a vehicle that will give more expensive luxury models a run for their money for standard specifications and sheet quality.
You will find bigger, more powerful, and more luxurious three-row, midsize crossover SUVs that can accommodate up to seven people, but it’s hard to think of any that deliver the style, quality, and value for money of the 2023 Mazda CX-9. You don’t have to take our word for it, though. Experience the CX-9 with a test drive from Erin Mills Mazda at 2400 Motorway Blvd, Mississauga, ON, or call us at (905) 828-0070 for more information and book an appointment for a time that best fits your schedule.