We looked at Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, Acura MDX & Mazda CX-9 when it seemed that our next car should be a family car. Loved my Acura 3.2 TL Sedan but Acura MDX was priced out. Highlander and CX-9 were the finalists and CX-9 won in aesthetics and functionality. Based on reviews, we didn't get the Navigation & wanted to avoid the 20" wheels of the Grand Touring, so got a Touring. Leather is OK. Would like better in-dash NAV since the Garmin 1350T we bought is nowhere close to the Acura NAV we had 10 years ago! Our dealership seems to have a deal with ADS(?) who will install a better NAV (Kentwood) with warranty. $1600/$1900. Yet to try. Paid $30,200.00 with 60 month no interest.
Been driving for about 2-3 weeks. Beautiful exterior, decent ride, car like drive, enough legroom in the third row. I don't like to drive large cars but CX-9 is very comfortable to drive. Storage/legroom is adequate for all rows. Love the bluetooth!
No climate control in the 3rd row. Didn't get radio upgrade and the 3rd row speakers do not seem to be working. Yet to contact dealer. When 2nd row middle seat is being used, there should be a pullout cup holder option. Make auto lift gate (hatch) opener standard across board!! Regret not getting it.