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2022 Mazda CX-9 gets new trim, standard AWD

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The CX-9 is Mazda’s flagship three-row SUV, for now. And even though the CX-9 will be will be phased out within the next few years, there are changes and upgrades to the 2022 model, including the addition of a Touring Plus trim and Mazda’s i-Activ all-wheel drive system being made standard.

This will likely be the CX-9’s last hurrah as it gives way to the CX-90.

Joe Koenig, public relations spokesperson for Mazda, confirms the CX-90 coming at some point in 2023 but he did not confirm model year or timing for the new vehicle’s debut.

Additionally, he stated: “We haven’t announced when CX-9 will be discontinued.”

2022 Mazda CX-9 pricing

The lowest trim CX-9 Sport will have a starting price of $35,280, which is actually $455 less than last year’s Sport with the optional AWD. Of course, since AWD is now standard on the 2022 CX-9, there is no longer a FWD option.

The Touring trim’s starting price is $38,655 and that is about $100 cheaper than last year’s AWD equivalent. Kudos to Mazda for coming out with aggressive pricing. It’s rare, but refreshing to have an updated vehicle less expensive than the previous model year.

Here’s the entire pricing for all trims, included the new Touring Plus:

  • CX-9 Sport: $35,280
  • CX-9 Touring: $37,430
  • CX-9 Touring Plus: $41,660
  • CX-9 Carbon Edition: $43,580
  • CX-9 Grand Touring: $44,440
  • CX-9 Signature: $47,210

The Touring Premium Package costs an additional $2,080.

CX-9 Touring Plus

The newest trim for the CX-9 is the Touring Plus. It will have all the features of the Touring Trim plus (as the name insinuates) the aforementioned Touring Premium Package as well as ventilated front seats, power driver’s seat with memory, black metallic 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels, gloss black front grille, aluminum roof rails and a frameless rearview mirror.

Mazda ditches FWD down the line

Goodbye to front-wheel drive for Mazda SUVs. Mazda made the recent announcement that all its SUVs would be standard with AWD, and we’re OK with that.

According to Mazda, the i-Activ AWD system enhances driving dynamics, handling and vehicle control, while allowing the driver to enjoy the experience on most terrains and conditions.

Mazda’s i-Activ AWD system continuously monitors weight distribution and shifts power to the appropriate wheels, providing drivers a near instant response to inputs. In addition, all CX-9 models are equipped with G-Vectoring Control Plus and Off-Road Traction Assist.

The bottom line on 2022 Mazda CX-9

In some ways the CX-9 represents the past for Mazda as they look to the future with new SUVs and a new naming convention.

Both the upcoming CX-90 will offer more rugged styling and capability, but we don’t know much more about it than that. But if the new CX-50 is anything to go by, we’re excited for the introduction.

As the CX-9 rides off into the sunset, will you remember it fondly?

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Jimmy Dinsmore

Jimmy is News Editor for PickupTruckTalk with an expertise in new vehicles. He is also a Ford Mustang historian having authored the book Mustang by Design (available on Amazon). His second book, about the history of Ford's F-Series truck comes out next year.

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