2009 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.7L 6cyl 6A)
I purchased an 09 Honda Pilot EX-L and an 09 CX-9 GT this month, and while I think they are the 2 best SUV/X-Overs on the market (under $40K), I do like the CX-9 over the Pilot. The Pilot drives like a truck - not that different from my Ford Explorer. The CX-9 drives like a performance tuned car. Easy to get in and out for all seating positions, tight handling, good acceleration and smooth and quiet braking. The Pilot looks like it should be driving through the Texas ranch-lands, while the CX-9 is right at home next to the Cayenne's and Q7s in the Costco parking lot. All up, the CX-9 is about $5k less than the Pilot. Most of all, the CX-9 feels safest for kid hauling, and is a lot of FTD.
Door edge protection, body side molding, turn auto-lock on by default (having that programmed today), include the crossbars for roof racks, put a power liftgate button outside the car, add a mute button to the audio system, mod the audio controls so I don't have to see all of the surround sound opts
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