You have to drive this vehicle to really appreciate how well it handles. With the AWD version, it feels like the car is driving on two rails it holds the road so well. The interior is luxury-car quiet. Very little road noise. The front driver seats seem a little narrow with the huge center console. It's about 10 inches longer than a Pilot or Highlander, but it doesn't look that way due to the excellent exterior design. Very sporty. The std. blue tooth is a nice touch. My wife LOVES this vehicle. So glad we didn't get a Pilot or Highlander. People complain about the gas mileage, but it's an SUV....they all consume too much gas. The CX-9 was very close in MPG to it's competitors.
Std. blue tooth. Std. trip computer. Can do manual shift with auto tranny. Nice alloy wheels. Sliding middle seats. Fold flat 3rd row. Great safety ratings. Feels safe and secure on the road.
Not enough interior storage. Reduce the size of the console.
2009 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.7L 6cyl 6A)
Got the CX-9 10 months ago and we are very happy with the car. Performance is great with more than enough power and fantastic handling for a vehicle this size. Incredibly smooth, sporty ride. It drives like a performance sedan. 20" wheels provide an athletic look in a relatively unique vehicle. Build Quality and fit/finish are solid. Interior styling is tasteful, and traditionally modern. AWD worked great in the 2 blizzards in DC this winter. Seats are comfortable on short trips and long hauls. I guess mileage is not great, but not a lot worse than the minivan it replaced - you have to pay for the driving performance somewhere. It's a great CUV. Kids like it too.
Blind Spot warning is quite useful, Big wheels, Heated seats, 3rd Row, power litigate. Outside Styling, inside styling. Bose Audio is nice.
PITIFUL nav system-Technology is old (DVD) with limited POI's - no retail stores. OK, if you know where you want to go, otherwise just frustrating. very limited Denso database. Interface is hard to use. POI info not linked to bluetooth. recommend aftermarket unit. It is VERY BAD! I use a $150 Garmin!
This is a fantastic vehicle. I'm an engineer and very picky about what I drive. I drove all the competitor's vehicles before buying. This is the bust CUV in it's class. Mazda knows how to make great cars. Acceleration, ride, handling, interior space, standard features, and interior design are better than all the rest. Bose stereo sounds great and was a big selling point for me. Purchased new and just turned over 10k miles. I drive like it's a race car and still get 18 MPG with AWD in the winter in MN. 22+ ave MPG highway at 75 mph. We also own a CX-7 and have had no trouble with either one. This is hands down the best auto I've ever owned.
Interior, powertrain, Bose stereo, handling, build quality, cargo room! Rides and handles like a luxury sports sedan. Unlike every Toyota I've owned or driven there are absolutely no squeaks or rattles anywhere. I love the 3.7L engine and gas mileage is perfectly acceptable for a vehicle this size.
Sirius radio controls are awkward with Bose stereo option. Needs a better interface and more lines of text.
2009 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring 4dr SUV (3.7L 6cyl 6A)
Drove them all, including Lexus, Audi, Chevy and Buick, none had all the features and fun factor for the great price. Vehicle has been a pleasure to drive, city and highway, feels solid, no rattles, and interior quality is par with Lexus and Audi.
Blind Spot Monitoring System, Nav, regular gas, driving experience every time we get in vehicle.
outside mirrors as part of memory seat system, console area a bit tight.