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2012 Mazda CX-9

$8,169 — $17,697 USED
Sport Utility
7 Seats
19-20 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Carlike responses
  • Highway stability
  • Interior quality
  • Visibility
  • Enlarged side mirrors

The Bad

  • Too-light steering effort
  • Front-seat cushions could be longer
  • Third row best left for kids
  • Gas mileage
2012 Mazda CX-9 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2012 Mazda CX-9
  • Seats seven in three rows
  • Standard 3.7-liter V-6
  • Electronic stability system with Roll Stability Control
  • Optional blind spot warning system

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The Mazda CX-9 crossover seats up to seven in three rows and is available with front- or all-wheel drive. It competes with the Chevrolet Traverse, Hyundai Veracruz and Toyota Highlander.

New for 2012
There are no significant changes.

Exterior
The CX-9 has sleeker lines and a sportier look than most crossovers, especially large three-row ones. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels; available 20-inch wheels
  • Standard dual exhaust tips
  • Chrome door handles and turn-signal side mirrors (Grand Touring)
  • Available power liftgate
  • Available xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Available fog lights
  • Available moonroof

Interior
The second row's backrest can recline or fold flat, and the seat can slide fore and aft to optimize legroom and cargo space. There's room for two in the 50/50-split third-row seat, which also can fold flat. Interior features include:

  • Standard three-zone automatic climate control
  • Cloth seats standard; leather optional
  • Optional powered front seats
  • Available heated front seats
  • Available rear-seat entertainment system
  • Double-lid center console
  • Available Bose surround-sound system
  • Available navigation system

Under the Hood
The CX-9 features a 273-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 with 270 pounds-feet of torque. Front- and all-wheel drive are offered. An available Towing Prep Package for front-wheel-drive models includes a revised engine control module and a heavy-duty transmission oil cooler and radiator fan. It i...

Vehicle Overview

The Mazda CX-9 crossover seats up to seven in three rows and is available with front- or all-wheel drive. It competes with the Chevrolet Traverse, Hyundai Veracruz and Toyota Highlander.

New for 2012
There are no significant changes.

Exterior
The CX-9 has sleeker lines and a sportier look than most crossovers, especially large three-row ones. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels; available 20-inch wheels
  • Standard dual exhaust tips
  • Chrome door handles and turn-signal side mirrors (Grand Touring)
  • Available power liftgate
  • Available xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Available fog lights
  • Available moonroof

Interior
The second row's backrest can recline or fold flat, and the seat can slide fore and aft to optimize legroom and cargo space. There's room for two in the 50/50-split third-row seat, which also can fold flat. Interior features include:

  • Standard three-zone automatic climate control
  • Cloth seats standard; leather optional
  • Optional powered front seats
  • Available heated front seats
  • Available rear-seat entertainment system
  • Double-lid center console
  • Available Bose surround-sound system
  • Available navigation system

Under the Hood
The CX-9 features a 273-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 with 270 pounds-feet of torque. Front- and all-wheel drive are offered. An available Towing Prep Package for front-wheel-drive models includes a revised engine control module and a heavy-duty transmission oil cooler and radiator fan. It increases towing capacity from 2,000 to 3,500 pounds. Mechanical features include:

  • Standard six-speed automatic transmission with clutchless-manual mode
  • V-6 runs on regular gas

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Standard all-disc antilock brakes
  • Standard side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Standard three-row side curtain airbags
  • Standard electronic stability system with Roll Stability Control
  • Optional backup camera
  • Optional blind spot warning system

 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
37 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

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(5.0)

Big family, big cargo sports crossover

by Sunnysideup from St. Louis MO on September 15, 2018

Bought it for the business, kept it for the family. Zero problems. Many comfort features. Great on rain and snow with AWD.al clear bluetooth system. Read full review

(5.0)

Mazda and INFINITY

by leah from syracuse,ny on July 26, 2018

Excellent CARS GOOD ON GAS, PERFORMANCE IS MAGNIFICENT WITH A SPORTY LOOK.BOTH OF THESE CARS NUMBER 1 CARS THAT I HAVE BOUGHT AND I WILL STAY WITH BOTH OF THESE TYPE OF CARS. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 Mazda CX-9 currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2012 Mazda CX-9 Sport

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
marginal
Overall Rear
marginal
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
marginal

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Mazda

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The CX-9 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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