Have had it almost 2 weeks and it's been fun to drive. We are getting a lot of looks as this Crossover is not often seen. (You'd think that with the Motor Trend SUV of the Year Award that more people would buy this vehicle!) We had a Toyota Sienna and this rides & handles very similar. We have not noticed any "engine noise". We were shopping for a Highlander but totally fell in love with the CX-9... a lot roomier and much better style!
The console is futuristic and impressive. The veh. style is also an eye-catcher and gets many heads turning.
A little tough for small children and older people to enter vehicle, but aside from running boards I don't know how this could be improved. Also, no room for Driver to put a handbag/purse as there is no floor space.