You likely ask a lot of your family SUV as it makes trip after trip around Gastonia, Lincolnton, and Charlotte, North Carolina. Hauling people, cargo, and more each day requires a strong model. On occasion, you may even hitch a trailer to the rear of your SUV and head out for a long weekend getaway. If that’s the case, you’ll be impressed with the Mazda CX-9 towing capacity.

While the Mazda CX-9 is often cited for its beauty and sophistication, our Mazda of Gastonia team wanted to highlight how capable and reliable the vehicle is!

2020 Mazda CX-9 Trailer Hitch

Towing Capacity of the MAZDA CX-9

The strength and capability of the Mazda CX-9 comes easy. You just lean on the gas once you’ve attached the trailer and you’ll be hauling as much as 3,500 pounds with ease.

That 3,500-pound maximum towing figure is achieved in part from the advanced traction systems that are employed in the Mazda CX-9. The most prevalent of these systems is the Skyactiv®-Vehicle Dynamics with G-Vectoring Control, which excels on winding roads or when moving over slippery surfaces.

There’s also your choice of either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The i-Activ AWD® setup is particularly impressive as it also comes with Off-Road Traction Assist for those dirt trails and unpaved driveways!

Mazda CX-9 Engine Specs

MAZDA CX-9 Engine Specifications

The powerful motor under the hood of the Mazda CX-9 is the driving force behind the SUV’s on-road poise and tremendous towing capacity.

This 2.5L Skyactiv®-G turbo motor has varying horsepower and torque outputs that depend on the type of fuel you feed it. With Regular Unleaded, you’ll enjoy 227 horsepower and a hearty 310 lb-ft of torque.

If you feel like your SUV should drive with more fervor, you can start filling the model up with Premium Unleaded, which improves the horsepower to 250 and the torque to 320 lb-ft.

The transmission complements the engine well. It’s a Skyactiv®-Drive 6-speed automatic with both manual-shift capability and Sport mode. Manual shifting is a favored option for those who like to control the gear switches themselves.

The Sport mode can be switched to at any time. Once selected, your SUV will see increased responsiveness that belies its size.

Mazda CX-9 Trailer Hitch


While the Mazda CX-9 clearly places a great emphasis on towing, it also offers up a favorable amount of fuel economy.

The figures that you receive depend on the drivetrain you choose, either AWD or FWD. With FWD, you can expect an EPA-estimated 22 city/28 highway MPG.1

Going the AWD route will result in an EPA-estimated 20 city/26 highway MPG.1

Want to learn more? Check out our Mazda CX-9 reviews.

Enjoy the Towing Capacity of the 2020 MAZDA CX-9

You can go anywhere around Gastonia, Charlotte, and Lincolnton, NC, with your trailer in tow after securing the 2020 Mazda CX-9. To learn more about the model or to settle into the driver’s seat, get in touch with our team at Mazda of Gastonia!


1EPA-estimated mileage. Actual results will vary.

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