Originally I was set on a CX-7, but after I sat in a CX-9 in the showroom, I fell in love. I was very impressed how much rear legroom it had and the 3-zone climate control. Then I drove it, and the first thing I noticed was how much quieter it was than the CX-7 and how smooth the enigine and transmission were. It also doesn't feel like you're driving a large SUV. My dogs fit in the back with room to spare. I went from a Celica to this, so cornering, parking and gas consumption are much different, but I knew that it would be.
Engine/transmission is sooo smooth. Bose stereo. Tons of legroom, even for tall people. Easy to get into the 3rd row. Well controlled suspension.
I wish they wouldn't package the Bose stereo and moonroof together. The hatch could be a little easier to close.