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2012 Mazda CX-9 Overview (See Available Styles)

With spunky styling and a sporty ride, the 2012 Mazda CX-9 is a feisty alternative to the utilitarian crusaders in the fiercely competitive midsize crossover SUV market that includes the Toyota Highlander, Chevy Traverse, and Kia Sorento.

While the CX-9 appeals to the eclectic shopper who’s willing to trade towing capability for more dynamic handling, it hasn’t completely betrayed its SUV responsibilities; the CX-9 has plenty of room for seven occupants, can provide 100 cubic feet of cargo space, and offers optional all-wheel-drive.

One of the longer vehicles in its segment, the CX-9 comes in three trim levels: Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. Standard equipment includes three-zone automatic climate control, power windows, tilt/telescopic steering column, power driver’s seat, and AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers, Bluetooth®, and auxiliary jack. The Touring models add heated side-view mirrors and heated leather-trimmed seats in the first two rows, while options include a moonroof, Bose audio system with satellite radio, and power liftgate.

The line-topping Grand Touring includes wood-trim accents and a blind-spot monitoring system. Grand Touring models have the same options as the Touring models in addition to a rear-seat entertainment system, touch-screen navigation with rear-view camera, and 3,500-pound towing package.

Under the CX-9’s hood is a 273-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 engine backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. The optional all-wheel-drive system delivers power to the front wheels during normal operation, automatically splitting power to the rear wheels when there’s a loss of traction. The FWD CX-9 has EPA estimated fuel economy of 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway while the AWD model is rated at 16/22, respectively.

Standard safety equipment includes six airbags, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, traction control, electronic stability control, and roll stability control.

The CX-9 features a sports car-inspired 4-wheel independent suspension and responsive steering that feels very sporty to many drivers. Others may say it feels stiffer than other midsize SUVs, but if your priorities include sharp looks and spirited handling, the 2012 Mazda CX-9 is a great choice.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 16 - 17 MPG
  • Highway: 22 - 24 MPG

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Safety Rating

  • Front Safety: Good
  • Side Safety: Good
  • Rear Safety: Marginal

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

24 of 28 (85%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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