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2012 Mazda CX-9 Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Zoom-Zoom, size XXL! by IgoZoom

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Reviewed: 2012 Mazda CX-9

4dr SUV 273-horsepower 3.7L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Why the 2012 Mazda CX-9?

Exterior styling

Exterior design is very sleek and looks like it should cost a lot more than it does!

Interior styling

Interior design and quality was a major selling point! The Sand (beige) interior with dark accents on the seats and the two-tone dashboard and door panels look amazing!

Feature availability

Bose Surround Sound audio system, Power Liftgate, Keyless Entry & Start, Rain-sensing wipers, Xenon headlights, 20" alloy wheels, Blind Spot Monitor, heated, power front seats....and the middle row slides to allow access to the third row and to increase third row leg room.


My other car is a Mazda3 s and the CX-9 feels just as planted in the curves and is as responsive! No other SUV/crossover drives so much like a car...and a dang good car!

Discounts & incentives

Sticker of $37,385 and I paid $29,706! 2013 models were already on the lot, so the deals on the remaining 2012 models were awesome!

Why Not the 2012 Mazda CX-9?

Fuel economy

EPA ratings of 17/24, but I've averaged barely 18 overall in my first 1200 miles...hoping for a slight improvement after break-in. UPDATE- as of 02/11/2013, I am averaging 20-21mpg overall with 4200 miles on the clock. On a recent 380-mile interstate trip, I managed 22.8mpg with the cruise set at 80mph.

Controls and instruments

HVAC controls could be more intuitive and less 'busy-looking'; same goes for the Bose Audio system, too many non-essential buttons cluttering the center stack, but still much better than most competitors that I've driven.

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