Mazda North American Operations has released EPA-estimated fuel economy figures as well as pricing information for its all-new 2016 CX-9 midsize crossover.
2016 Mazda CX-9
Unveiled a scant five months ago at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, Mazda has already begun production on the all-new version of its midsize crossover and has released pricing information as well as availability and EPA-estimated fuel economy numbers.
The 2016 CX-9 will be offered in four trim levels. The first three are familiar and include Sport, Touring and Grand Touring, while Mazda has added a new top level trim, the Signature model.
2016 Mazda CX-9 Sport
Even the base Sport model comes with a fair level of standard equipment including the usual power features (windows, locks, mirrors) plus LED headlights and taillights, cloth seats, an electronic parking brake, 18-inch alloy wheels, rear backup camera, trailer stability assist, Mazda Connect infotainment that includes the brand's Commander control and a seven-inch color display.
A Sport Package option adds a power driver's seat, heated front seats and heated door mirrors.
2016 Mazda CX-9 Touring
The Touring trim adds an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, HomeLink, leather seating (black or sand), Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry System, power liftgate, power front seats and an 8-inch Mazda Connect touchscreen display.
The optional Touring Premium Package includes automatic on/off headlights, LED fog lights, navigation, 12 speaker Bose audio system, rain-sensing wipers, rear backup sensors, second-row retractable sunshades, SiriusXM satellite radio, automatic Smart City Brake Support and a sunroof.
2016 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring
Grand Touring models add to that list with an Adaptive Front-lighting System, 20-inch alloy wheels, aluminum interior trim, an Active Driving Display (that projects instrument and navigation information onto the windshield), high-beam control, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Smart Brake Support, roof rails and memory settings on the driver's seat.
2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature
Adding to that menu, the Signature trim comes standard with Mazda's predictive i-ACTIV all-wheel drive, auburn-colored Nappa leather, rosewood trim (supplied by Japanese guitar-maker Fujigen), LED signature accent grille lighting and LED accent lighting around the automatic shifter.
2016 Mazda CX-9 EPA fuel economy
All four will offer the same engine, a high-compression 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle turbo we covered in a previous article. It's certified at an EPA-estimated 22 mpg city/28 mpg highway/25 mpg combined, when equipped with front-wheel drive and an EPA-estimated 21 mpg city/27 mpg highway/23 mpg combined, when equipped with Mazda's i-ACTIV all-wheel drive.
2016 Mazda CX-9 prices and availability
Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) for each model and its options are as follows:
CX-9 Sport: $32,420 (FWD), $34,220 (AWD)
Sport Package: $950
CX-9 Touring: $36,870 (FWD), $38,670 (AWD)
Touring Premium Package: $1,745
CX-9 Grand Touring: $41,070 (FWD), $42,870 (AWD)
CX-9 Signature: $44,915 (AWD Standard)
Premium Paint Colors:
Snowflake White Pearl Mica: $200
Soul Red Metallic: $300
Machine Gray Metallic: $300
According to Mazda, the 2016 CX-9 is slated to go on sale in the U.S. in late-spring 2016.