2012 Mazda CX-9 Consumer Review: Fun to drive, but not so relia

2012 Mazda CX-9 - Consumer Review

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Touring 4dr SUV (3.7L V6 AWD 6-speed Automatic)

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Fun to drive, but not so reliable
By wv_mazda on


2012 Mazda CX-9 Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.7L 6cyl 6A)


We have a 2012 CX 9 and have enjoyed it until it was slightly out of warranty.
The car has a strong motor and for a third-row vehicle is pretty fun to drive.
It also performs well in the snow.

The brake booster failed last week at 42,000 miles, nearly causing a traffic accident for my wife.
This is a recurrent problem with the 2010-2011 CX 9.
My guess is you will have problems with 2013-14 models as they hit 30-50k mileage, since the brake system is unchanged.
It is unfortunate Mazda chooses not to address safety concerns in a family vehicle.

I would look at the Hyundai Santa Fe in this class.

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Worst Features

Fix the brake failures from 2010 forward. Also offer a factory fix for existing vehicles.
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