About the Mazda CX-9
A full-size crossover SUV, the Mazda CX-9 is a stylish looking vehicle that can accommodate up to seven adult passengers. In addition to its spacious interior and sleek exterior styling, the CX-9 also offers drivers the kind of sporty handling capabilities that Mazdas are generally known for. Despite being a full-size crossover SUV, the CX-9 offers good, and surprisingly athletic, drivability and performance.Mazda CX-9 Features
The 2012 Mazda CX-9 is a full-size crossover SUV that offers surprisingly good handling and performance for a sport utility that’s capable of accommodating seven passengers or 101 cubic feet of cargo. For 2012, Mazda offers the CX-9 in three different trim levels: Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring.
The base-model Sport trim level comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, three-zone automatic climate control, power accessories, remote keyless entry, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, a trip computer, and an audio system equipped with six speakers, a CD player, and an auxiliary audio input jack.
Opting for the middle-of-the-road Touring version adds automatic headlamps, heated mirrors, leather front and second row seats, and heated power front seats. The top-of-the-line Grand Touring model rolls on 20-inch alloys and includes additional features such as xenon headlamps, fog lights, automatic wipers, keyless ignition and entry, driver’s seat memory, a second row armrest, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a blind spot warning system, and interior accents made of genuine wood.
There are also a variety of additional options available, depending on the trim level. These include a sunroof, a power tailgate, a navigation system with a rearview camera, a stand-alone rearview camera, a remote ignition, roof rails, a back-seat entertainment system, and an improved Bose surround sound system with 10 speakers, a six-CD changer, and satellite radio.
All versions of the 2012 Mazda CX-9 contain a 3.7-liter V-6 engine that generates 273 horsepower and produces 270 lb-ft of torque. The sole transmission option is a six-speed automatic with manual shift control. However, the 2012 CX-9 comes with either front- or all-wheel drive. When properly outfitted, the vehicle can tow up to 3,500 pounds.
Reviews indicate that the front-wheel drive version accelerates from zero to 60 in 7.4 seconds, while the all-wheel drive version can make it in 8.5 seconds. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the front-wheel drive version is 17/24/19 mpg city/highway/combined, while the all-wheel drive version rates slightly worse at 16/22/19 mpg city/highway/combined.
In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2012 CX-9 receives the highest rating of ""Good"" for frontal-offset and side-impact collisions. However, when it comes to roof-strength integrity tests, the full-size SUV receives a rating of ""Marginal,"" which is the second lowest score possible. Standard safety features on all versions of the model include anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, a rollover sensor, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, and active head restraints.
The 2012 CX-9 boasts a spacious interior that’s elegantly appointed enough to pass for that of a luxury SUV. Interior features include a large center console bin for storage and an attractive waterfall motif that adorns the dash and doors. Headroom is ample in the first two rows of seating and slightly less so in the rear. Second row seating can recline and slide forward and aft. The vehicle’s large rear doors, and folding and sliding second row, make it relatively easy to access the third row of seating.
Reviews indicate that while the 2012 CX-9 provides a great option for cruising down the highway on a long trip, it also offers agile, athletic performance one would associate with a much smaller vehicle. The suspension is supple and more than capable of absorbing irregularities on the road.Mazda CX-9 Evolution
Introduced in 2007, the Mazda CX-9 remains in its first generation. However, there have been a number of changes made to the model during the course of its production. First-year versions contain a 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 263 hp and 249 lb-ft of torque. Mazda replaced that engine with the current 3.7-liter V-8, in 2008.
Another addition is the power rear hatch feature on the Grand Touring model, which Mazda did not offer at launch, and it may be hard to come by on many models from 2007. Bluetooth became a standard feature in 2009, and, in 2010, Mazda made a number of interior and exterior style modifications. That same year, real-time traffic functionality enhanced the CX-9’s navigation system.