2016 Mazda CX-9 to start at $32,420

2016 Mazda CX-9 to start at $32,420

Mazda announced Thursday that its all-new 2016 CX-9 SUV will start at $32,420 (including a $900 destination charge)–a $1,550 bump over the outgoing model.

Standard equipment on the base trim (the Sport) includes LED front headlamps, cloth seating, an electronic parking brake, a rear-view camera and a basic seven-inch infotainment display.

A $950 Sport package adds heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat and heated outer mirrors. What this package has to do with sportiness is not clear.

The Touring model will ring the till at $36,870 and adds a handful of convenience features, including leather seating surfaces, advanced keyless entry, a power liftgate and an eight-inch touchscreen display. A Premium Touring package adds auto headlamps, LED fog lights and an infotainment upgrade which includes BOSE premium audio and navigation.

The next step up is the Grand Touring at $41,070. It adds adaptive front lighting, 20-inch wheels, aluminum interior trim, an active driving display, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, radar-guided cruise control and smart brake support, among other niceties.

Topping off the range is the Signature, which incorporates Nappa leather, rosewood trim and LED signature lighting. It’ll set you back $44,915.

This pricing structure cements Mazda’s goal of positioning the new CX-9 as a premium entry in the three-row segment. We expect it’ll preserve the outgoing car’s fun-to-drive character while offering a level of comfort not previously available.

Live gallery by Brian Williams.

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