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A Buyer's Guide to the 2012 Mazda CX-9

Mazda CX-9 2012

If you’re having a hard time picking between a luxury sedan and an SUV, the 2012 Mazda CX-9 is definitely worth a look. It has the exterior of a mid-size SUV, but inside, you’ll find a world of luxury and fun features.

Key Features

The 60/40-split second-row seat is definitely worth noting. Thanks to sliding seats, it’s easy to get to the back row of the 2012 Mazda CX-9. However, this will also be a welcomed feature for any of your passengers with long legs. These seats also recline and can be folded into the floor when you need more cargo space.

Another great feature with the 2012 CX-9 is the option of all-wheel-drive. With its active torque AWD, sensors automatically increase torque as necessary, giving you the best traction possible for the terrain you’re on. At a moment’s notice, half of this vehicle’s torque can be sent to the rear differential.

Changes for 2012

Aside from aesthetics, there weren’t any major changes made to the 2012 Mazda CX-9. What We Like

We love that there is a great family vehicle on the market that won’t make you feel bad for ignoring minivans and station wagons.

However, it’s not just about looks and some fun features inside. The 2012 CX-9 is also an extremely safe choice too.

What Concerns Us

Unfortunately, a lot of people really do need to choose between an SUV and a minivan or wagon. The CX-9 is not going to have the towing capabilities people need for moving a 3,500 pound trailer.

Also, the third-row is going to be best for children. Most adults will feel a bit cramped. Available Models

There are three model types: Grand Touring, Touring and Sport. All three will give you 17 mpg in the city and 24 on the highway.

The main differences are that the Grand Touring has a 6-cylinder engine and Bluetooth capabilities. The Touring has keyless ignition and the Sport will give you heated seats and climate control.

Major Recalls

There was one recall for this vehicle because ball joints in the front suspension can corrode because of a water leak. As a result, you could lose control of the vehicle if it affects the steering.

Common Issues

No common issues have been brought up by owners. The closest it gets to that come from those who wish that the vehicle could pull as much as bigger SUVs.

Mazda CX-9 2012 Interior

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