2008 Mazda CX-9: Big Tea
May 27, 2008
Big cupholders seem like a silly reason to like a certain car. It didn't seem so silly when I dropped my new favorite beverage in the CX-9's bigger is better holder - a perfect fit. Another little touch that I like about the CX-9 is the front power windows - both are one touch up and down. No big deal really, but both windows have a feature that makes it easy to "crack" the window... Hit the button slightly and it moves to the same barely open position each time.
However, I don't care for the CX-9's ride. I took it on a trip a few months ago and thought it was fine on the highway. This weekend, I stuck to surface streets and boulevards and found the Mazda to be to stiff - my wife even said she felt a little car sick after a 45 min ride. And no, she's not a complainer by nature. I get that the CX-9 has better handling than other, softer SUVs, unfortunately I don't live near a slalom or a twisty mountain road so I'd rather just have the comfort.
Brian Moody, Road Test Editor.