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2009 Mazda CX-9: Watch Your Cranium

April 07, 2008

A professional reenactment - don't try this at home.

During our Sacramento run, my wife spent some time behind the wheel of our 2008 Mazda CX-9. At 5' 4" tall, her driving position is quite a ways further forward than mine and she cranks the seat height up to see properly.

The first time she got back in to her previously-set driving position, she nearly knocked herself unconcious. The sleekly-styled CX-9 has a much more steeply-raked windshield than its competition, but she has to scoot and lean forward towards it to get past the seat bolsters when she gets in.

Cranium, meet a-pillar. A-pillar, this is Cranium.

She'd need to learn to duck to drive this one daily, but that's easier said than done as she simultaneously needs to step up to get into the seat. I suppose she could move the seat down and back each time she gets out, but that's such a pain and power seats are so s-l-o-w.

I don't have this problem because my seat position is already all the way back and down, because I actually sit DOWN onto the seat and because I've hit my head getting in and out of enough caged racecars to have made the "duck" reflex instinctual.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 11,345 miles

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