Is the “mommy missile” CX-9 Signature better than the Mazda 6 sedan?
For 2018 and beyond, Mazda decided to fit their 2.5-liter turbocharged engine in the Mazda 6 midsize sedan. Making 250 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, it matches the CX-9 three-row crossover for power. In fact, it shares the powertrain with the Mazda CX-9, which first introduced the new turbocharged engine.
This year also introduced the Signature trim level to the Mazda 6 – another carryover from the redesigned CX-9. That got us thinking – which car wears it best? To be fair, both cars do carry out different purposes. While the Mazda 6 is meant to serve as a svelte, fun-to-drive sedan, the 2018 Mazda CX-9, Sarah says, is more of a “mommy missile”. While the CX-9 has the same engine, it is encumbered by its main purpose as a three-row crossover. As a result, the Mazda CX-9 is significantly heavier than the Mazda 6. Unlike the Mazda 6, it’s also offered in all-wheel drive.
Apart from those distinctions, however, the two cars are remarkably similar. They both have leather throughout, with much of the same switches and features. However, the Mazda 6 is a bit more modern, as its redesign incorporates a partially-digital gauge cluster. Both cars use a 8.0-inch touchscreen display with the MazdaConnect infotainment system.
While the Mazda 6 Signature tops out around $36,000, the 2018 Mazda CX-9 Signature starts at $44,315. Spec one out and you’re looking at spending over $48,000. So, is Mazda’s three-row crossover worth $12,000 more than the range-topping sedan? Check out Sarah’s review above to find out!