Even if 2012 Mazda CX-9 is just as much a family-friendly crossover as ever, it still offers a sporty feel to customer.
Competition includes the Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave, Ford Flex, and the GMC Acadia all with third-row seat options. In any other case, for a smaller piece of the competition take a look at the Ford Explorer or the Dodge Durango, which provide similar features whether larger or smaller, but for this choice, it might only be a matter of brand loyalty.
All the features you’d expect on the Mazda makes the CX-9 impressive in any of the three trims: the Sport, Touring or Grand Touring.
The Sport trim is the entry-level alternative with 18-inch alloy wheels, power accessories, three-zone automatic climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, a remote keyless entry, and a trip computer together with audio highlights like Bluetooth and a six-speaker sound system.
The jump up is the Touring trim with the added automatic headlights, leather upholstery, heated mirrors, and comfy heated power front seats. For the top-of-the-line, the Grand Touring will offer you 20-inch wheels, fog lights, xenon headlights, keyless ignition/entry, automatic wipers, driver-seat memory presets, auto-dimming rear view mirror, a second-row armrest, and a blind-spot warning system.
There are a number of choices on the different trims and also a sunroof, a navigation system that comes with a rearview camera or the stand-alone rearview camera, remote ignition, power tailgate, and a back-seat entertainment system. For audio junkies, you can also go for an upgraded Bose surround-sound audio system and an audio display in the dash.
There is a 3.7-liter V6 engine with 273 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque under the hood of 2012 Mazda CX-9. You get a manual shift control and a six-speed automatic and based on your choice, you can opt for front or all-wheel drive. For towing the CX-9 can take up to 3,500 pounds.
Safety in the CX-9 features antilock disc brakes, stability control including a rollover sensor, front-seat side and full-length side curtain airbags, and head restraints.
Once inside the 2012 Mazda CX-9, you will find an interior that provides style and design that you can’t argue with, such as high end bells and whistles. The console in the middle has a split opening and there is enough room for storage inside.
There is also good space in the front and second rows, but for taller passengers the third row is not suggested. The second row seats also recline for added comfort and slide back for more legroom. The third row is also simple to get in and out of since the doors are roomy and the second row seats are easy to adjust folding down and sliding.
For driving, you won’t get a more comfy ride with easier handling than in this Mazda, and for long trips it’s a no-brainer. Not clunky like some SUV crossovers, the Mazda CX-9 takes the road with grace and ease, just as we have all come to expect in this brand.