Excellent - didn't need the minivan
By amcdad on
2007 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
With 2 kids and occasional visiting parents we were looking at Odyssey or Sienna. But the cargo room, third row (parents fit comfortably), accessibility to third row (brilliant design) and excellent handling and power (for its size) of the CX-9 convinced us we could avoid the minivan. Two months later, we love it - it beats the the Pilot, the Highlander and the Acadia/Outlook. We got leather, DVD, NAV, 300 watt Bose, Sirius, and 20 inch wheels!
Stereo is PHENOMENAL. Nav is pretty easy to use. Handling is good. Third row is actually VERY useful - and there is room behind it! All the necessary safety features are there. Very sharp interior on GT. Smart to put black floor carpet with the sand interior - less concern about dirt.
Keyless start useless. MPG is lousy but you know that when you get a seven seater. Hoping the crash test scores are as good as the related Ford Edge. A few more interior cubbyholes would be nice. The ride is firm - the tradeoff for handling.