2008 Mazda CX-9 Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.7L 6cyl 6A)
Like others, I looked at the Toyota Highlander, Acura MDX, Lexus GX470, Saturn Outlook, and Subaru Tribeca before selecting the CX-9. The exterior styling is fantastic with the stylish lines and those 20" rims. The interior is well laid out and feels like it was designed by people that actually cared about what it would be like to ride in every day. Controls are intuitive which is a nice change from our BMW X5 and Infiniti FX. The Bose stereo also beats the Harmon-Kardon in the bimmer by miles!! The bluetooth took 3 minutes to setup and worked with both mine and my wife's phones. Smooth to drive, plenty of pep, and comfortable.
Touchscreen navigation, bluetooth, and spacious third row.
True satellite ready tuner (without an extra $500 for satellite radio), ability to have aux input available with satellite radio, and a proper iPod integration (the one they sell doesn't work if you have the nav system!).