This is our second Mazda, having driven a 2008 CX-7 since early 2008, which was a company car. We were so impressed with it, that we decided to buy the CX-9 for it's greater seating and because of excellent consumer reviews to accompany our experience with the CX-7. We couldn't be happier with our purchase. We bought a program car with 18K miles on it for about $21K, with leather seats. Another $600 spent on a DVD player and $200 on GPS saved us about $2-3K for the factory installed versions. We couldn't be more pleased with this vehicle! The ride and comfort is better than the CX-7; it's quieter and feels very luxurious. We'll have this for a long time!
The leather heated seats are very comfortable and the bluetooth makes hands free phone use easy. Everyone has commented on the great looks of this vehicle.
Easier to understand/use AC/heating controls. The CX-7 has more intuitive controls than the CX-9, but we like the ability of the driver and passenger to adjust temperature separately. Better gas mileage would be a nice touch. They should have kept the 3.5 vs 3.7L engine, which gave 2 extra mpg.