Eric's Autos: 2022 Mazda CX-9
It's hard to make a crossover different from all the other crossovers without making it something other than just another crossover.
Mazda does a better job than most with the CX-9, its largest, most family-friendly crossover. It is just slightly less practical than some of its rivals, having just a bit less room for cargo than most of them have. But it works hard to make up for that by being as fun to drive as a rig like this can be without becoming something that isn't well-suited to being a family-friendly rig.
What It Is
The CX-9 is Mazda's largest crossover. It seats up to seven passengers (with the option to seat six) in three rows of seats, which can be either bench (second row) seats or captain's chairs, depending upon how many you'd like to come along for the ride.
All trims come standard with AWD and a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Prices start at $35,630 for the Sport trim and run to $47,560 for the top-of-the-line Signature, which comes standard with quilted leather seats and real wood inserts.
AWD -- previously optional -- is now standard.
Costs several thousand less than rivals (including the Honda Pilot, which comes standard with front-wheel drive).