2008 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring 4dr SUV (3.7L 6cyl 6A)
We looked at Pilot, Highlander, Volvo C-90, Lexus and others. CX-9 Grand Touring, in my opinion, blew them away. Only have 200 miles on it, so there is still much to learn. It was immediately comfortable and familiar to drive. Very car-like, "zoom-zoom philosophy" is very evident. It is easy and fun to drive, and size is not apparent until it is time to park it, or wash it! Dashboard at night, for gadget-freaks, is like piloting the space shuttle. Nav is to a large degree voice activated, some dealers didn't seem to understand that. I currently own a 6 sp Acura CL- S and find every excuse I can to borrow my wife's CX-9. Do yourself a favor - test drive it!!
Very easy to drive, comfortable ride. Versatility of seating configurations and legroom in second row. Exterior design minimizes size of vehicle.
Radio and cruise control buttons on steering wheel are slightly too high and can accidently be hit. A styling tradeoff, but I wonder how it will fair for door dings without body side molding