Mazda's made very few changes to the CX-9 for the 2011 model year--the only change, in fact, is a new set of wheels.
Our favorite CX-9 is the base model, the one Mazda dubs the Sport edition. It's just a little over the $30,000 mark, but includes features like power windows, locks and mirrors; air conditioning; remote keyless entry; cruise control; a CD player; and Bluetooth. On this trim, you'll get cloth upholstery, with an option for power front seats.
The next step up the rung is the CX-9 Touring. It's fitted with all the features from the Sport, with the additions of standard leather upholstery and power front seats.
On the Grand Touring edition, the CX-9 gets 20-inch wheels, blind-spot monitors, pushbutton start, woodgrain trim, and a three-position memory driver’s seat. A navigation system bundled with a rearview camera is an option on this trim.
Once you've added options--a power sunroof, Bose audio, a power lift gate, and a rear-seat entertainment system--the CX-9 can easily pass $40,000.