2012 Mazda CX-9

MSRP $29,725 - $35,125

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7.8

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2012 Mazda CX-9 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 18, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Mazda CX-9 is a known name in the mid-size crossover market. It was launched in 2006 and was given styling updates in the year 2010. For the 2012 model, the Mazda CX-9 retains its nimble road manners with a spacious interior for seven passengers. It also gets several advanced technologies and convenience features. It also received a 2011 Editor’s Choice Award for being a well-balanced package. 

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Pros

Good performance

Stylish cabin 

Well-built 

Cons

Larger 20-inch alloy wheels give a stiff ride 

Lower cargo space

Lower efficiency as compared to rivals

What's New?

No major changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$29725

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

top speed

139 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

227 cu.in.

horsepower

273 hp @ 6250 rpm

torque

270 lb.-ft. @ 4250 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

113.2 in.

length

200.2 in.

width

76.2 in.

height

68 in.

curb weight

4328 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

139.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

100.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

payload capacity

1503 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/20/24 mpg

highway range

482.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Sport$29,725 onwards

Touring$31,645 onwards

Grand Touring$33,735 onwards

Colors and Styles

2012 Mazda CX-9 in Crystal White color
Crystal White

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

9.0

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.8

Overall Rating


The price for the Sport trim starts at $29,725 and goes up to $33,735 for the top-of-the-line Grand Touring trim. All the trims offer luxury grade interiors and agile performance that the Mazdas are known for. It faces competition from the likes of Dodge Durango, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Honda Pilot


8.0/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety


2012 Mazda CX-9 Features

8.0/10

The 2012 Mazda CX-9 is available in three trims namely the Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. All the trims are equipped with the same V-6 engine and it offers decent fuel economy. The trims are available in FWD configuration as standard and AWD is available as an optional feature. The CX-9 is a three-row SUV and is known for well-built interiors and practicality. 

Trims 

Sport 

Touring 

Grand Touring 

MSRP (FWD)

$29,725

$31,645

$33,735

MSRP (AWD)

$31,115

$33,035

$35,125

Key Features 

3.7L V-6 engine 

Adds to or upgrades to the Sport trim

Adds to or upgrades to the Touring trim

 

Remote keyless entry

Heated mirrors

Xenon headlights and foglights 

 

Full power accessories

Automatic headlamps

Wooden interior accents 

 

Leather-wrapped tilt and telescopic steering wheel

Heated front seats with power adjustment 

Rain-sensing windshield wipers 

 

Three-zone automatic climate control

Leather-trimmed upholstery 

Keyless ignition and entry 

 

18-inch alloy wheels

 

Wooden interior accents 

Which trim should you buy?

We would suggest the Touring trim, as it gets most of the features of the Grand Touring trim and also costs about $ 2,100 less than it. It comes with many features like automatic headlights, heated front seats with power adjustments, heated seats, and leather-trimmed upholstery.

2012 Mazda CX-9 Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The 2012 Mazda CX-9 is powered by a 3.7L V-6 engine producing about 273 HP and 270 lb-ft of torque. It is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission that is refined and comes with FWD as standard. The performance of the engine is good, especially when considering its size. It does a 0-60 mph sprint in about 7.7 seconds. It can also be had in AWD configuration by paying about $1400 extra. 

Models(2012)

Mazda CX-9 

Dodge Durango

Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 

Honda Pilot 

MSRP

$29,725

$28,995

$29,225

$28,620

Engine

3.7liter V-6

3.6liter V-6

3.5liter V-6

3.5liter V-6

Transmission

6-speed automatic

5-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

5-speed Automatic

Horsepower

273 hp @ 6,250 rpm

290 hp @ 6,400 rpm

276 hp @ 6,400 rpm

250 hp @ 5,700 rpm

Torque

270 lb.-ft. @ 4,250 rpm

260 lb.-ft. @ 4,800 rpm

248 lb.-ft. @ 5,000 rpm

253 lb.-ft. @ 4,800 rpm

0-60 mph (seconds)

7.7

7.6

7.4

7.9

Quarter mile drag (seconds)

15.6

15.8

15.7

16.2

Top Speed

118

135

124

112

The CX-9 comes with the largest engine of the lot but produces much less firepower compared to the competition. The Dodge Durango comes with a slightly smaller engine but produces the maximum power at 290hp. It does a 0-60 mph sprint in 7.6 seconds, just 0.1 seconds less than the CX-9. The Honda Pilot and Hyundai Santa Fe do a 0-60 mph sprint in 7.9 seconds and 7.4 seconds respectively.

2012 Mazda CX-9 Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The 2012 CX-9 is equipped with the largest engine of the lot and delivers acceptable fuel efficiency. It gives 17 mpg, 24 mpg, and 21 mpg, in the city, on the highway, and in combined driving conditions. With a fuel tank capacity of 20.1 gallons, it can offer a range of 342 miles, 482 miles, and 422 miles, in the city, on the highway, and in combined driving conditions.

Models(2012)

Mazda CX-9 

Dodge Durango

Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 

Honda Pilot 

City (mpg) 

17

16

20

18

Highway (mpg)

24

23

26

25

Combined (mpg)

21

20

23

22

Fuel Tank Capacity (gallons)

20.1

24.6

18.8

21.0

Range(City/Highway/Combined) in miles 

342/482/422

394/566/492

376/489/432

378/525/462

The Durango is less efficient than the competition but owing to a larger fuel tank of 24.6 gallons, it offers a range of 492 miles in mixed driving conditions. The Hyundai Santa Fe is the most fuel-efficient averaging but offers a range of 432 in combined conditions owing to a smaller fuel tank. The Honda Pilot can travel about 462 miles on a full tank of gas in combined driving conditions.

2012 Mazda CX-9 Interior

6.0/10

The interior of the Mazda CX-9 is quite elegant as compared to the competition. The good thing is that many of the creature comforts are given in the CX-9 as standard. The dashboard is well laid out and all the functions are within the driver’s reach. The waterfall motif on the doors and the center of the dashboard look unique and grant a premium look to the cabin. The seats are comfortable with enough headroom and legroom across two front rows. 

The third-row passengers might feel cramped and brush their heads on the roof due to a sloping roofline. The features like remote keyless entry, three-zone climate control a/c, and speed-sensing door locks are available as standard. As you climb up the trim ladder, the luxury increases and pampers you even more.

Models(2012)

Mazda CX-9 

Dodge Durango

Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 

Honda Pilot 

Passenger Capacity

7

7

5

8

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

39.6/59.4/40.9

39.9/58.5/40.3

39.6/59.4/41.3

40/61.5/41.4

2nd Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

39.0/58.7/39.8

37.8/50.4/31.5

35.7/53.9/33.5

38.2/58.9/32.1

3rd Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

35.4/56.9/32.4

NA 

NA

NA

Cargo Capacity (Behind 3rd Row) (cu.-ft.)

17.2

17.2 

N/A

18

Cargo Capacity (Behind 2nd Row) (cu.-ft.)

48.3

47.7

35.9

47.7

Cargo Capacity (Behind 1st Row) (cu.-ft.)

100.7

84.5

78.2

87

The Hyundai Santa Fe comes with a seating capacity of only 5-passengers. The 2012 Honda Pilot is the most spacious in the competition and can offer seating for up to 8-passengers. It also offers a better headroom and shoulder room across the front row. The sloping roofline of the CX-9 results in less headroom for the third-row passengers. The CX-9 gets a cargo capacity of 17.2 cu-ft and Durango also offers the same. The Pilot offers lesser cargo space, while the Hyundai Santa Fe’s trunk volume of 35.9 cu.-ft, puts it streets ahead of its competitors.

Some of the standout interior features of the 2012 Mazda CX-9 are:

  • Piano black or wooden interior trim 
  • Three-zone climate control system
  • Speed-sensing door locks
  • Leather-trimmed seats (1 st and 2nd row)
  • Keyless entry and start system 

How intuitive is the 2012 Mazda CX-9’s infotainment system?

The 2012 CX-9 gets one of the intuitive and easy-to-use infotainment systems in its segment. It is equipped with a 5.8-inch touchscreen display, AM/FM/CD audio system with 6-speakers, AUX input jack, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, SiriusXM satellite radio as standard across all the trims. 

You also get optional features like a navigation system with a 7-inch touchscreen and a DVD- based voice command system, rear-seat entertainment with a 9-inch entertainment display, Bose premium audio system with 10 or 11 speakers depending upon the package you opt for.

Some of the standout infotainment features of the 2012 Mazda CX-9 are:

  • AM/FM/CD audio system 
  • Auxiliary input jack 
  • SiriusXM satellite radio 
  • Optional navigation package 
  • Optional rear-seat entertainment system
  • Optional Bose audio package
  • Bluetooth hands=free connectivity 

2012 Mazda CX-9 Exterior

9.0/10

The CX-9 is not a very aggressive or rugged-looking SUV. It feels subtle and minimalistic as compared to the competition. The design is very fluidic, smooth, and devoid of any character lines, creases, or angles. The front fascia imbibes two parallelogram-ish headlights and a small grille in chrome finish with the Mazda logo on it. The side profile looks good with a sloping roofline and chrome finish on window panes. The black cladding on the wheel arches grants it an SUV look and the rear profile looks like a sedan with higher ground clearance. 

Models(2012)

Mazda CX-9 

Dodge Durango

Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 

Honda Pilot 

Curb Weight (lbs.)

5831

6500

5512

4608

Length (in)

201

200

193

191

Width (in)

76

76

74

79

Height (in)

68

71

67

71

Ground Clearance (in)

8

8

7

8

Wheelbase (in)

113.2

119.8

110

109.2

The CX-9 gets a higher ground clearance of 8-inches which is good considering the segment it competes in. The Durango and Pilot follow the CX-9 with the same clearance. The Santa Fe gets a lesser ground clearance. The 2012 Dodge Durango gets a longer wheelbase of 119.8 inches which helps with better stability on the highways and better leg space in the rear. The Mazda is slightly longer than the competition.

Some of the standout exterior features of the 2012 Mazda CX-9 are:

  • Privacy tint rear glass
  • Rear roof spoiler 
  • Halogen or HID Xenon low beam headlamps
  • Dual stainless exhaust tips
  • Dual body color heated power mirrors outside. 

2012 Mazda CX-9 Safety

6.0/10

The 2012 CX-9 is equipped with numerous active and passive safety systems to provide you with complete peace of mind. The features like front and rear crumple zones, side impact door beams, LATCH system, active whiplash reducing front seat headrests, collapsible steering column and many more are available as standard. The IIHS has also rated the Mazda CX-9 as “Good” in most of the test parameters. 

Some of the standout safety features of the 2012 Mazda CX-9 are:

  • Active front headrests
  • Tire pressure monitoring system 
  • Dynamic stability control
  • Front and rear crumple zones 
  • Triple H-shaped body construction 
  • Antitheft alarm (Grand Touring)

2012 Mazda CX-9 Final Verdict

The 2012 Mazda CX-9 is a well-built and practical SUV. It comes with a powerful engine and elegant interiors. It also scores well in the safety department and comes at a very attractive price point for the features it has on offer. It offers good performance in the city and on highways too. It has the ability to be your daily driver as well as a weekend getaway family SUV. 

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