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2012 Mazda CX-9 Sport SUV

2012 Mazda CX-9 Review

(0 Stars)  Mazda's biggest, and perhaps best, vehicle.

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Overview
Despite visual similarities with its smaller sibling, the CX-9 is not simply a stretched version of the CX-7. Its long wheelbase leaves lots of room for passengers inside, and with twenty-inch wheels pushed far to the corners, the CX-9 has the handling moves to match its sporty looks. Best of all, the CX-9 is blessed with what is likely the best steering of any crossover, making this a good choice for driving enthusiasts who need space for friends and family. The CX-9 is powered by a smooth, 60-degree V-6 engine that displaces 3.7 liters and produces 273 hp and 249 lb-ft of torque. The standard six-speed automatic transmission is smooth and responsive, and all-wheel drive is optional. (Base models are front-wheel drive.) Blind-spot monitoring is an unusual option in this segment (though it's now proliferating across Mazda's entire lineup), but the usual luxury goodies are all present, including a touch-screen navigation system with real-time traffic information and a rearview camera, heated seats, Bluetooth hands-free integration, and a Bose high-end audio system. The CX-9's third row isn't quite as commodious as those of the biggest minivans, but this crossover remains a fantastic alternative to traditional vans and more boxy and upright SUVs.

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2012 CX-9 Sport Sport Utility Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 3.7L V six-cylinder DOHC with variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 17 MPG city, 24 MPG highway, 19 MPG combined and 382 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
20.1gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 273 hp @ 6,250 rpm; 270 ft lb of torque @ 4,250 rpm

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'12 Mazda Sport SUV Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Rear Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
  Exterior  
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Privacy Glass
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Rear Spoiler
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
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Third row seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc Player
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
  Trucks and Towing  
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Transmission Oil Cooler
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