Mazda Makes 1 of the Least Popular Midsize SUVs

If you’re looking for a three-row SUV, you might be well served by a Mazda CX-9. And while it may be a little more expensive than other competitors like the or Subaru Ascent, there’s a chance you can get a good deal on one. That’s because the CX-9 has the unfortunate distinction of being the best-selling vehicle in its segment this year so far.

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Why the CX-9 is set to become the best-selling midsize SUV of 2022

According to , the CX-9 sold just 30,885 vehicles in the United States in 2022. That figure puts it well behind its competitors, as the best-selling , which moved 202,558 units.

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But could a good November help the CX-9 surpass expectations that the CX-9 will be the segment’s worst seller? Unfortunately, that’s highly unlikely.

Every other vehicle in the segment has consistently had higher monthly sales on average than the CX-9. And without a massive supply chain disruption that injures Mazda or a miraculous marketing push, the CX-9 probably won’t move 10 or 20 thousand more vehicles in December than expected.

Now, it’s worth noting that these sales figures aren’t complete. Sales data from GoodCarBadCar does not include October and November sales data for multiple models, GMC, Jeep and Nissan.

However, even with this missing data, the CX-9 is on track to be the year’s worst seller, as these other vehicles consistently had higher average monthly sales than the CX-9 through September.

Do these numbers reflect this Mazda SUV?


Despite its terrible sales year, it’s not a terrible SUV. Indeed, far from it. It got good reviews from , among other publications. And it offers decent value for its price, although you can get a comparable vehicle less expensive.

But the CX-9 delivers engaging performance and handling, powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-four engine. This engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, generates 227PS and 310Nm of torque, which increases to 250PS and 320Nm when using 93-octane instead of 87-octane fuel. CX-9s also feature all-wheel drive and deliver 20/26 mpg city/highway.

The handling of the CX-9 is aided by its elegant design. But that same sleek design cuts its cargo space below that of every competitor. Legroom is also limited, although it still provides more than other midsize SUVs. And the CX-9 comes with a generous pile of advanced technology amenities and safety systems.

Inside the cabin, you’ll find a 10.3-inch infotainment display paired with a 4.6-inch instrument cluster and six-speaker audio system. There are also rain-sensing wipers, daytime running lights, a three-zone climate system, heated front seats, and more.

In addition to these features, the CX-9 is also equipped with automatic high beams, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alerts and lane keeping assist. In short, this Mazda offers a lot. It’s a shame it’s not gaining more traction among consumers.

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