2012 Mazda CX-9

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11/23/12 - Overview

This Mazda CX-9 SUV is the latest addition to our fleet. Our 2007 Mazda Mazda5 Compact Mini-Van was just the thing for smaller kids and short trips, but it lacked room that our kids needed. After looking at the 2012 Ford Explorer closely, we decided to go back to Mazda to see if there was a better deal. We found this Mazda right on their showroom floor and decided that it would be a good choice. The financing and trade in values were favorable, which made this purchase an easy decision. For the price of the much smaller Ford Escape AWD, we were able to a much bigger SUV.

The Mazda CX-9 is a seven passenger CUV, Cross Over, SUV that is built on the Ford CD3 platform. The CD3 is used on other Ford cars and trucks including the Mazda6, Ford Edge, Fusion and Lincoln MKx.  When it debuted in 2008, it won the Motor Trend SUV of the year. It has a lot in common with the Ford Edge but with some differences.

The CX-9 features a version of the Ford Cyclone 3.7L V6 which produces 265 HP and 250LBS of torque. It is mated to a six speed automatic transmission, which is the same as the Ford Edge. This combo gets the CX-9 moving with ease despite the extremely hefty 4,528 LBS curb weight. Its no rocket, but it is quick on the road. The CX-9 goes down the 1/4 track at 15.9 @ 87.7 MPH. 

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Our Mazda CX-9 Cross Over SUV

After looking at the feature lists between the Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring and the regular Touring model, we decided to opt for the Touring model. The features that were important to us were included in the Touring model, so it was enough. The biggest things we lost was the 20" wheels, HID headlights, auto dimming mirror and the memory seats. Those features are nice but were not the most important.

Our CX-9 came with many features including heated leather seats, back up camera, Bose stereo system, rear heat and air, 18" Bridgestone all season tires, moonroof and most importantly, AWD. Later, we added a class 3 towing hitch to allow us some extra capabilities. I would like to purchase the rear cargo cover in the future.

The CX-9 is a great way to transport families around town. Everyone is comfortable with the plush seating and rear climate controls and privacy glass. I couldn't think of a better truck to take across country on vacation other than a Lincoln Town Car. Its cargo area is a good size for a long trip, especially with the 3rd row down. You could do some serious shopping at the mall and bring back tons of packages. Speaking of the cargo area, my CX-9 is equipped with a power lift gate.

If you are in the market for a crossover, SUV or CUV, I would give a serious look at the Mazda CX-9.