2008 Mazda CX-9: Five for the Road
April 06, 2008
This weekend my family made a quick blast up to Sacramento, California, in the 2008 Mazda CX-9. For this trip, my youngest daughter brought a friend along, so we got to try it out with five aboard. Since we're kind people, we didn't make anyone sit on "the hump" for the 1,000-mile round trip. The CX-9's split-fold third row got a real-world tryout.
Since this was to be a three-day, two-night trip, we could get by with condensed luggage. With the biggest suitcases alongside (two carry-on roller bags,) my eldest daughter volunteered to take the back seat. Frankly, I think she liked the idea of a private space to herself and easy access to her stuff.
It all fit well, but everything was soft sided and malleable. I don't think we could travel for more than three nights like this--not unless we planned on doing laundry along the way and left everyone's favorite pillows behind. With our usual complement of four family members, we could stay out for weeks.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 10,976 miles