The least costly CX-9, the Sport FWD, has cloth seat trim, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, 18-inch wheels, and drives the front wheels only.
All-wheel drive is an extra-cost option, available on any CX-9.
Spending more for a CX-9 Touring gets you a cabin trimmed in black leather and an 8.0-inch touchscreen. Both front seats are power adjustable and heated. Headlights turn on automatically when it’s getting dark, and windscreen wipers operate automatically when it rains.
Paying more again for a CX-9 GT brings front parking sensors, the choice of black or beige leather trim, and keyless entry, which allows you to unlock the doors while the key remains safe in a pocket or bag. The driver’s seat can remember your position, which makes it easy to restore after a companion has driven the car, and you can heat the front and middle-row seats. There is a better sound system (with digital radio), a power-operated tailgate, a powered glass sunroof, and roll-up sunshades for the rear door windows. Traffic sign recognition helps you keep track of speed limits.
In addition, a CX-9 GT’s wheels are two inches bigger, at 20 inches, and wrapped in lower profile tyres that sharpen the steering.
The most expensive CX-9, the Azami, brings additional safety systems aimed at helping you avoid a crash. These comprise adaptive headlights, driver attention alert, forward obstruction warning, lane keep-assist, lane-departure warning, and autonomous emergency braking that works at highway speeds.
The Azami also has radar cruise control, which can maintain a safe distance to the car in front – both at highway speeds and in city traffic. In traffic, it can keep pace with a vehicle ahead automatically, even through stops and starts.