2012 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring review notes – Autoweek

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2012 Mazda CX-9 Touring review notes

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EDITOR ROGER HART: My impression driving the 2012 CX-9 Grand Touring is you are getting a lot of sport/ute here for This has the look and feel of a that, from other costs a bit more money. The is roomy and the seats are comfortable and The interior is well-appointed, although still not a big fan of the touch screens for the screen.

But it is a big screen, easy to even with my aging

Under the hood, the V6 feels easily hauling around all pounds. The truck handles considering the heft and the height. The is supple, not truck-like.

With the third row of seats in there’s very little space available, but still room for a few bags of groceries.

I said, your $40 large is a lot of comfort and utility with the

SENIOR ROAD TEST NATALIE NEFF: I don’t this SUV was almost completely to me. In fact, halfway to the office morning, I assumed I was in our long-term Odyssey because the only of personality I was getting from the was #8220;big.#8221; (Admittedly, I hadn’t had any yet.) Then I looked at the dash and thought, #8220;Oh I’m in the Mazda.#8221;

That’s when I noticed how cheap all the look. Like our long-term the plastics on the dash, doors, are hard and feel of low quality. I’ve simply been in way too expensive cars of late, but I think so; our now departed long-term Grand Cherokee, for instance, exude a bit of cheapness, whereas $41,000 ute might as well be a Civic, at least from the

Otherwise, the rest of the CX-9 was like I already said,

EDITOR WES RAYNAL: I’ll somewhere in the middle I guess. I agree the materials inside use an upgrade (though I’d the CX-5’s materials are better the CX-9’s), but the overall package is (really comfortable seats) and is among the least-expensive seven-seaters you can get if matters to you.

It weighs exactly the same as our long-term Odyssey, but the Mazda feels and drives better. It’s not as not as soft and not as weighty. I like the better.

No, it’s not quite as sharp on the as some other Mazdas, but you expect it to be? It’s quiet and and the automatic is smooth and the six-cylinder off decent power. Drive it with, say, a Buick and you’ll find the Buick but the Mazda better in terms of and handling, etc.

It’s the best of the seven-seat utes

DIGITAL EDITOR ANDREW . I’ll agree with all the above, to some extent. The Mazda CX-9 Grand has imminently forgettable styling and out#8212;it’s as close to a generic crossover as I’ve ever Likewise, the interior suffers Mazda’s inability to design a good-looking cockpit.

Functional, yes; but attractive? Not

It was on the road that my ennui the CX-9 began to soften. Of the three-row crossovers I’ve lately#8212;and there have quite a few#8212;this is one of the best of the bunch. It feels lighter it is, with plenty of punch the 3.7-liter V6, and the transmission is beautifully with the engine (something does know how to get right).

I enjoyed the low-set dash provided a fantastic look at the ahead even without to jack up the driver’s seat; I get in some of the current crop of but the CX-9 isn’t just actually feels roomy, To that point, the rear are adjustable for rake and fore/aft slid fully to the rear, a passenger wouldn’t have any but the kids had so much space in the row they were unable to the backs of the front seats. this is the way folks usually use a ute (employing the third row only the adjustability is a welcome feature.

So why don’t we see more Mazda on the road? Despite the opinions of my it’s not a particularly good At this price point, one get a nicely loaded Ford a decent Buick Enclave or begin to look at the new Infiniti .

Along that line, of the CX-9’s problem is the fact many potential buyers never know it exists. with $40K to spend aren’t in the habit of visiting a dealership, and a dearth of marketing helped. You’re not going to go in for a Mazda CX-5 and then get by $15K into a CX-9.

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Still, if you’re in the market for a big keep an eye out for rebates and finance on the CX-9. You might just a great deal on one of the best-kept in the segment.

2012 Mazda Grand Touring

Base $35,580

As-Tested Price:

Drivetrain: 3.7-liter V6; AWD, automatic

Output: 273 hp @ 6,250 270 lb-ft @ 4,250 rpm

Curb 4,546 lb

Fuel Economy AW ): 18/18.4 mpg

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