All models now have things like a power moonroof and LED foglights.
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The starting price for the 2023 Mazda CX-9 is $3,520 more than last year because the brand eliminates the entry-level Sport trim. Now, the Touring grade is the base grade for $40,025 after the 1,075 destination fee. The tweaked lineup goes on sale this fall.
The shuffled model range means that the entry CX-9 has a six-seat layout with two captain’s chairs for the second row. Last year, the Sport grade came with a bench there providing room for a total of seven occupants.
Gallery: 2021 Mazda CX-9
Mazda is also making the some equipment from the previously optional Touring Premium Package a standard feature for the 2023 CX-9 Touring. The model now comes standard with a power moonroof, wireless phone charger, and LED foglights.
These days, it’s rare to see an automaker lower a vehicle’s price, but the Touring Plus trim is slightly cheaper for the 2023 model year. The grade goes from $41,660 in 2022 to $41,500 in 2023. That’s a difference of $160, but the destination charge is $50 more, so the net savings is only $110.
The rest of the lineup doesn’t change. The powertrain continues to consist of a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine offering 250 horsepower (186 kilowatts) and 320 pound-feet (434 Newton-meters) of torque on 93-octane gas or 227 hp (169 kW) and 310 lb-ft (420 Nm) on 87-octane fuel. The only drivetrain setup is a six-speed manual and all-wheel drive.
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Mazda continues to offer the CX-9 in three premium colors. Soul Red Crystal Metallic and Machine Gray Metallic are $595. Snowflake White Pearl Mica is $395. These prices are the same as last year.