2012 Mazda CX-9 Consumer Reviews

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2012 Mazda Cx 9
4.2
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Right Combination of Features

by from Denver, CO on March 9, 2012

We bought the CX-9 about two months ago after comparing to Highlander, Pilot, Durango, MDX and other three-seat crossovers. It wasn't even on our radar to start out with, but the CX-9 won because of i...
We bought the CX-9 about two months ago after comparing to Highlander, Pilot, Durango, MDX and other three-seat crossovers. It wasn't even on our radar to start out with, but the CX-9 won because of it's great acceleration (much better than Pilot), third-seat comfort (much better than Highlander), cargo space (also much better than Highlander) and price (cheaper than MDX). We are a family of five moving from a mini van into a this car, so longer trips are a squeeze, which we knew going in. We are adding a roof rack to take care of our extras. Day-to-day running around is great and it's very fun to drive with an awesome stereo system (Way better than my husband's new Durango). Leather interior is luxurious and seats are very comfortable. I'm very pleased with how it handles in the snow, which was one of the major reasons I wanted an AWD car. Gas mileage is as advertised at around 16 MPG in town, but only after I altered my driving habits with help of the current average MPG display. Bluetooth phone works well, but it does not import contacts for your phone so you have to reprogram frequently called numbers. Bit of a bummer, but not a deal breaker by any means. I love this car and I'm glad we found it!!
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Best car I have ever owned!!

by from Walnut Creek, California on July 5, 2012

Recently traded in our 2010 Mazda cx7 for the larger cx9 due to our growing family. At first my wife argued that we did'nt need a bigger car but after 2 months of ownership she is loving all the extra...
Recently traded in our 2010 Mazda cx7 for the larger cx9 due to our growing family. At first my wife argued that we did'nt need a bigger car but after 2 months of ownership she is loving all the extra space in the rear for strollers, shopping etc. I love driving the car when I get the chance! it really is a drivers car, holds the road well & very comfortable whether you are just going to the shops or taking the windy road to Glacier Point in Yosemite! Love the understated looks of the exterior, very stylish but not too flashy. Only draw back I can find is gas mileage, in this age of $4 plus a gallon of fuel it hurts a bit filling up but hey thats the price you pay for nearly 280bhp!! This is our 3rd Mazda in 5 years! started with MX5, CX7 & now CX9!! loving the Mazda brand for great drivers cars, good value for money and excellent customer service.
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great value for the money

by from austin, tx on December 26, 2011

The mazda cx-9 is by far the best value out there for the money spent. We got a great deal on a 2012 and couldn't pass it up. The only drawbacks with the vehicle is that is doesn't match up with the m...
The mazda cx-9 is by far the best value out there for the money spent. We got a great deal on a 2012 and couldn't pass it up. The only drawbacks with the vehicle is that is doesn't match up with the mileage they say it will get, compared to the sticker. We took a long trip 2400 milkes when we first got the vehicle and could only get 21.6 mpg on dry, smooth roads with no wind for 100's of miles. Not sure how you could ever get 24 mpg as they claim on the sticker. Other discords are rough idle and somewhat sperratic downshift in the transmission. Other than that the ride is comfortable and smooth, handling is great and interior is roomy.
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Loudest Car I've Ever Owned!

by from Atlanta, GA on April 24, 2013

The car was so loud, we took it in to see what was the matter! The mechanic said he'd heard several complaints about the cabin noise and that was just par for the course with the CX9. The suspension i...
The car was so loud, we took it in to see what was the matter! The mechanic said he'd heard several complaints about the cabin noise and that was just par for the course with the CX9. The suspension is terrible too. People in the back seat are thrown into each other just by taking a slow turn. And don't even think about writing or reading if you're prone to motion sickness - the passengers feel almost correction made by the driver. If you test drive one, you will want to take it on a rough road, a curvy road and the highway to make sure you don't have a loud one. My friend owns one that's not loud at all...
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The More I Drive It, the More I Love It

by from Washington, DC/Northern Virginia on March 6, 2012

This car was a great buy. I love the style (not boxy) and it handles extremely well. The 6cyl. engine gives it the power to accelerate in heavy traffic, and the all wheel drive keeps the driving smoot...
This car was a great buy. I love the style (not boxy) and it handles extremely well. The 6cyl. engine gives it the power to accelerate in heavy traffic, and the all wheel drive keeps the driving smooth and in control in any condition. It drives as easily and smoothly as a car, while giving you the size and look of an SUV The third row seat is wider (seats two) and more comfortable than all of the other mid-sized SUVs, except the Chevrolet Traverse. While the third row headroom is not quite high enough for an adult over six feet tall, it is enough for anyone under six feet, or for my pre-teen boys to sit comfortably. The leg room is better than all of the other SUVs, but it was the reliability that got me to choose it over the Traverse. The car has minor drawbacks that do not affect its performance or value. If I could make any recommendations to Mazda, it would be to add full-time driving lights on the light switch and to add low-mounted fog lights. In addition, the console controls for the radio and the heater are too close and almost blend into each other, so it makes finding the right button a bit distracting and time-consuming. Overall, it is a great value and a well-built SUV. Do your homework on the price (use Cars.com and Edmunds.com) and you will not have any buyer's remorse.
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excellent SUV

by from vancouver, canada on November 13, 2013

i have had a BMW X3 and BMW X5. the X3 was more reliable than the X5 which needed front end suspension, tie rods, bushing by 150,000km and several sets of brake pads by 200,000km. bought a Mazda CX9 1...
i have had a BMW X3 and BMW X5. the X3 was more reliable than the X5 which needed front end suspension, tie rods, bushing by 150,000km and several sets of brake pads by 200,000km. bought a Mazda CX9 18 months ago and have clocked 70,000km(42,000m). travelling Canada to southern California twice a year , around Pacific Northwest and west Canada. this car is extremely comfortable for long rides. never gets tired. comfortable seats. suspension is outstanding for a large SUV. no bouncing because long wheel base, absorbs road imperfection good, corners well for such a large heavy SUV. mazda did great work on suspension. mechanically sounds , absolutely no problems. reported problems with differential and transfer case. i am not an engineer, but i believe the oil used by Mazda is not good enough, it changes viscosity, composition and transfer case and differential starts to heat up. i have ask Mazda to change all differential and transfer case oil at 40,000km(24,000m) and i will continue to do it every 40,000km. gas mileage is poor, not better than 22mpg on highways , sometimes 24-25 with flat highways but as soon as going up or loaded, down to 18-20mpg. not the best. engine is powerful enough for anything needed and yes, the transmission gears down to 4th going down hip or slowing down but it is fairly smooth and does not disturb my driving. interior components, plastic and other materials have stand good for now, no strange noise, no need to replace or adjust anything. exterior is great, standing sand, dust, snow and salt on highways. do not have the navigation system so cannot have any complain. bluetooth works good but not perfect. the original tires are mediocre so i put Michelin Lattitude and are only 70% used after 70,000km. excellent in rain and good in snow. overall, it is an excellent big SUV rate at 4.5
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Great purchase for a family of five.

by from on September 28, 2012

I had a mazda mpv for 9 years and I was ready to move away from the minivan style. But, I was nervous to lose such great space. The Mazda CX9 is a great replacement.... we love the style and the perfo...
I had a mazda mpv for 9 years and I was ready to move away from the minivan style. But, I was nervous to lose such great space. The Mazda CX9 is a great replacement.... we love the style and the performance!
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Gr8 Car

by from West River, MD on February 27, 2012

My 13 year old 4Runner was dying and I needed another SUV/Crossover. Also decided I no longer needed 3 cars (Infinity M45 Sport and Mazda Miata) so I traded 4Runner and M45 in for a new CX9. Couldn;t ...
My 13 year old 4Runner was dying and I needed another SUV/Crossover. Also decided I no longer needed 3 cars (Infinity M45 Sport and Mazda Miata) so I traded 4Runner and M45 in for a new CX9. Couldn;t be happier as I now have the best of both worlds - an AWD Crossover that looks great, has some cool toys, is comfortable, fun to drive and has more cargo room than the 4Runner. Oh yeah - and gets better mileage than either one of the other vehilcles. The ride is very firm and secure with very little body sway, the two tone leather upolstery is gorgeous, instrumentation a good anf the Bose stereo system that plays (anmd controls) my music library on my Droid phone via Bluetooth is just awesome! This car does not disappoint at any level!
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I'm in LOVE!!

by from Missouri on December 18, 2015

I researched this vehicle for weeks before buying it. I had previously owned a Mazda and it was a great vehicle so I knew I wanted another Mazda. I needed more seats that most so I knew I needed 3rd r...
I researched this vehicle for weeks before buying it. I had previously owned a Mazda and it was a great vehicle so I knew I wanted another Mazda. I needed more seats that most so I knew I needed 3rd row seating. I have read reviews saying the cabin is noisy. I have not experienced that. Very quiet and comfortable ride. The Bose system is amazing and all the bells and whistles make driving this crossover SUV great. The mileage isn't the best but I only drive 15 miles to work and take the kids to sports activities so it works well for us. I have also read reviews claiming that it is a rough ride for passengers. We have had no issues at all with this. Matter of fact my son has very bad motion sickness in cars and he recently read a book on the way to a doctors appointment in the back seat. We have had NO mechanical problems at all. We love this vehicle. I can't say enough about it!
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CX9 Mazda Grand Touring

by from Lafayette, Louisiana on February 23, 2012

One of the best cars I have driven, great gas mileage, very roomy, the only thing i wish they had was more room between the second and third row of seating and a bigger cargo area.
One of the best cars I have driven, great gas mileage, very roomy, the only thing i wish they had was more room between the second and third row of seating and a bigger cargo area.
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