Photo of 2017 CX-9 courtesy of Mazda.

Photo of 2017 CX-9 courtesy of Mazda.

Mazda's CX-9 retains its $32,420 starting price tag for the 2017 model-year, following a heavily redesign in 2016 that improved fuel economy for the mid-size SUV, Mazda has announced.

The three-row CX-9 is on sale now at Mazda dealerships in four trim grades, including Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, and Signature.

The 2017 CX-9 adds Smart City Brake support on the Touring model. It increases curb weight by 90 pounds to 4,144 pounds for the front-wheel drive model and 26 pounds to 4,327 pounds for the all-wheel-drive model. Fuel economy for the all-wheel-drive model declines to 20 mpg from 21 mpg in city driving after it was recalculated.

The CX-9 entered its second generation in 2016 with a new 2.5L direct-injection turbocharged four-cylinder engine that boosted fuel economy. Other updates included exterior styling modifications, LED headlights and taillights as standard equipment for all models, a choice of 20-inch or 18-inch wheels, available upgrades to interior materials such as Nappa leather, and updated SkyActive technology to improve driving dynamics.

Originally posted on Automotive Fleet