2012 Mazda CX-9

The 2012 Mazda CX-9 is a top ranked affordable midsize SUV that offers more passenger and cargo space, while still maintaining the fun-to-drive experience that Mazda has been known for.

In addition to that, it has ample interior space and numerous high-tech features. This seven-passenger SUV is available in 3 trim levels: Grand Touring, Touring and Sport.


General Info
Vehicle Type: SUV Base Price: $29,725.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 20.1 gallons (76 l) MPG: 17 city / 24 hwy
Length: 200.2 in. (508.5 cm) Wheel Base: 113.2 in. (287.5 cm)
Height: 68 in. (172.7 cm) Width: 76.2 in. (193.5 cm)
Curb Weight: 4328 lbs (1963 kg) Ground Clearance: 8.0 in. (20.3 cm)
Cargo Capacity(behind 2nd): 48.3 cu ft Maximum Seating: 7 people
Engine: 3.7L VVT-DOHC V6 Compression Ratio: 10.3: 1
Horsepower: 273 HP Max RPM: 6250 RPM
Torque: 270 lb-ft @ 4250 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic
Max Towing Capacity: 2000 lbs* (907 kgs) Maximum Speed: NA

*Properly equipped

Available Trims & Engine
Option:Touring MSRP: $31,645; MPG: 17 city / 24 hwy
Option:Grand Touring MSRP: $33,735; MPG: 17 city / 24 hwy

Engine & Performance

All CX-9 models use a 3.7L V6 engine that is linked to a 6-speed automatic gearbox with manual shift control. However, you can opt for either a front wheel or all-wheel drive. The engine produces 273 horsepower and 270 lbs-ft of torque.

The front-wheel drive CX-9 can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 7.4 seconds, while the AWD accelerates in 8.5 seconds. The fuel economy for an AWD model rates at 17/24 mpg city/highway. When properly equipped, the Mazda CX-9 can tow up to 3,500 lbs.


The CX9 has sportier and sleek lines than most crossovers. You will notice stylish features that include: dual exhaust tips, 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, optional power lift-gate, optional moonroof, fog lights and optional xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights. The Grand touring trim comes with turn-signal side mirrors and chrome door handles.


The CX-9 comes with a stylish and elegant interior. This SUV can accommodate seven people in the available three rows. The base trim is fitted with a 6-way manually-adjustable driver’s seat, while the touring trim features an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat. Some of the standard interior features in the Sport trim include: heated leather front seats, tilt and telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel that accommodates audio controls, double-lid center console, Bluetooth hands-free phone capacity, and 6-speaker stereo system.

The Touring trim has extra standard features like: leather upholstery and automatic headlights. The Grand Touring model comes with auto-dimming rearview mirror, power side mirrors and keyless start. Behind the third row is a 17.2 cubic feet cargo space, which can be increased to 48.3 cubic feet when the third row is folded, and 100.7 cubic ft when the second and third rows are folded.

Safety & Reliability

The Mazda CX-9 has many safety features that guarantee a reliable ride and safety for the occupants. Some of the standard safety features include: stability control with a rollover sensors, full-length side curtain airbags, antilock disc brakes; front seat side airbags, active head restraints, traction control, child safety locks and 4-wheel ABS.

Optional safety features include a backup camera and blind spot warning feature. Mazda covers the CX-9 with a 3-year or 36,000 mile limited warranty in addition to a 5-year or 60,000 mile engine warranty. Moreover, there is a 3-year or 36,000 miles of road assistance.


  • Roomy cabin
  • Crisp and responsive for its size
  • Sleek design
  • Solid built quality
  • Easy access to spacious third row
  • Extraordinary sporty performance
  • Well equipped base model


  • Top-of-the-line trims are not as loaded as competitors
  • Ride may be too stiff for some
  • Long rear doors are an issue in tight parking spaces

The 2012 Mazda CX-9 is adequately equipped, roomy and comfortable, with a seating capacity of seven and good cargo space which is just enough for midsized families. Maneuvering this crossover is also very easy even in tight spots, making it a car of choice amongst other large crossovers.

The CX-9 has been around enough to be compared with the likes of the Toyota Highlander (MSRP $29,245; 18 city / 24 hwy), Honda Pilot (MSRP $31,470; 18 city / 25 hwy), and the Chevrolet Traverse (MSRP $32,760; 17 city / 24 hwy). Along with the CX-9, these come in aV6 engine.

Overall Rating
75 out of 100

What others say:

“The 2012 Mazda CX-9 is a little more enjoyable to drive than most crossovers its size, while it manages three rows of seating, a plush cabin, and decent comfort.”Car Connection

“The steering feels slightly numb on center but is nicely weighted while cornering. CX-9 exhibits some body lean in fast turns. A tidy turning radius makes it easy to maneuver in tight spots, a surprise given this crossover’s large overall size. Braking control is solid, though one test Grand Touring had a slightly mushy pedal feel.”Consumer Guide

“The three-row CX-9 is agile, comfortable, quiet, and nicely finished. The third-row seat is small but relatively hospitable and easy to access.”MSN Auto-ConsumerReports

“The 7-passenger 2012 Mazda CX-9 combines the attributes of a luxury performance sedan with the functionality and versatility of an SUV.”KBB

“The 2012 Mazda CX-9 offers everything the typical family-friendly crossover does, plus a dash of spice in the form of driving excitement.”Edmunds