I did tons of research on crossovers and the CX9 blew away the competition. We test drove the Traverse, Flex, Subaru Tribeca & Pilot. The CX9 handles like a dream, it doesn't feel like a big SUV at all. The safety ratings are great, which we experienced firsthand- we were rear- ended within the first month. The triple-H construction lived up to its design, the other car was totaled, ours fared much better. The CX9 has the lowest percent chance of rollover among its competitors, even better than the Subaru. Dash controls are intuitive, heat & A/C work great. Lots of room for kids or adults in 2nd & 3rd rows. Seat folding is easy (the Ford and Chevy were both more difficult). Test drive one!
Interior feels like a luxury vehicle, but at a very reasonable price. We love the Bose sound system. The back- up camera is a must-have- SUVs of this size are just hard to see out of. Comfortable ride & seats, the sliding 2nd row is fantastic, and there is ample room behind the 3rd row for groceries.
The doors are BIG- that's what makes the CX9 look like a smaller vehicle from outside. The doors swing wide, and can be difficult in tight parking spots. There is also limited headroom when getting in/out of the vehicle- once you're inside, headroom is fine, but the frame sits low. Gas mileage is ok