The 2012 Mazda CX-9 is a stylish alternative for those that need the versatility of a mini-van but desire the looks of a modern SUV without rugged off-road capabilities. With seating for seven and an attractive design the 2012 Mazda CX-9 certainly fits the bill. The 2012 Mazda CX-9 crossover has received a significant exterior and interior facelift, added options, including available Real Time Traffic (RTT), and reinforced safety features.
Most 2012 Mazda CX-9 review say that the Mazda CX-9 is one of the sportiest crossovers on the market, but that’s not all it’s good at. 2012 Mazda CX-9 also has a good number of standard features, and its first and second rows are roomy. If you’ve decided to trade in your sporty car for more cargo and passenger space, but don’t want to lose too much fun-to-drive performance, test drivers say you’ll be especially happy with the 2012 Mazda CX-9.
Included in the 2012 Mazda CX-9 redesign was the new Mazda “family face” with a five-point grille, front combination lamps, new fog lamps, larger and more aerodynamic side mirrors, a new rear garnish, new rear combination lamps, and a new exterior color — Dolphin Grey.
For the inside, the 2012 Mazda CX-9 received new chrome accents for the center of the instrument panel, A/C controls, automatic transmission knob, vent louver knobs, inner door handles and door trim; the finish was also upgraded to piano-black insets on the steering wheel and around the audio display.
Smooth leather and subtle stitching changes on the seats were also added to provide a more upscale feel and look of the 2012 Mazda CX-9. The 2012 Mazda CX-9 is a roomy, family-size crossover with three rows of seating, as well as a little more eagerness from the driver’s seat compared to other vehicles in this vein.
For the 2012 Mazda CX-9 model year, the CX-9 Mazda 2012 lineup comes in three trims: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. Customers will find all three 2012 Mazda CX-9 trims come with a standard six speed automatic and are available in both front-wheel and all-wheel drive variants. All three variants of the 2012 Mazda CX-9 feature the same 273 horsepower 3.7-liter V6 which is mated to a 6-speed transmission.
According to the EPA, two-wheel drive models get 17/24 mpg city/highway, while the 2012 Mazda CX-9 models equipped with optional all-wheel drive net 16/22 mpg; that’s about average for the class. The optional 2012 Mazda CX-9 AWD is available across the trim levels and returns 15 city, and 21 highway MPG. The 2012 Mazda CX-9 can tow up to 3,500 pounds, which is on the low side for a crossover.
Competitors 2012 Mazda CX-9
Although no three-row crossover is quite as sporty as the 2012 Mazda CX-9, viable alternatives to Mazda’s big crossover include the Hyundai Veracruz, Honda Pilot , Dodge Durango and the Toyota Highlander. The 2012 Mazda CX-9 starts with a close connection to the Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossovers, but also follows a different direction design-wise to fit Mazda’s distinctive ‘zoom-zoom’ ethos. Overall, we’ve found the 2012 Mazda CX-9 changes more carlike stance–and curvy, smoothed-over sheetmetal–to be among the better-looking in this class, even though it’s been around essentially in the same form for several years.
Inside, the 2012 Mazda CX-9 borrows some pieces from Ford (or vice versa), but it remains sporty, with a noticeably more cockpit-like instrument panel. With a 273-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 and smart six-speed automatic transmission, the 2012 Mazda CX-9 looks about par for today’s class of premium-trim crossovers, but the key here is the way Mazda has turned the setup.
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