2009 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.7L 6cyl 6A)
We have owned a Lexus LX470 and Toyota Products for years and were quite impressed with quality and character of new Mazda's. Mazda has made the CX-9 both comfortable and fun to drive. The only flaw I see is the lack of AWD all the time and using a sport tire (ie will last at most 30k miles if lucky) vs a more all weather tire with a longer life.
Internal comfort, quality, and sportiness that is similar to Audi, Acura, Buick, and Volvo, but at a much cheaper price.
Different tires that are all weather and a longer life span, fuel economy could be improved, and AWD all the time.