5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Many strong features, a few minor irritants
By howard44 on
2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.7L 6cyl 6A)
We've had our GT for two months and 2500 miles.
I'd give it 93 out of 100.
It's a stylish combination of fun and functionality.
Compared to other SUVs, the CX-9 is sporty in appearance and handling.
Engine is strong and relatively quiet.
Transmission is smooth.
Interior quality and design are well done.
Third row is both usable and accessible.
I think it stacks up well against the Enclave or Acadia for less money.
There does seem to be a problem with wind noise on the highway.
Like some other reviewers, I paid $100 over invoice, with front window tint and pinstripe tossed in.
Looks and feels sporty for an SUV its size, valuable blindside warning system, great Bose sound, rearview camera, supportive driver's seat, sliding 2nd row seats
Occasional wind whistle in driver's left ear at highway speeds, doesn't absorb bumps particularly well, protective body side moldings and compass are unavailable
A small update:
I compared the Edmunds Consumer Ratings for the 2011 CX-9 with those of its competitors that have at least 20 reviews as of 10/12/11 (Acadia, Enclave, Explorer, Grand Cherokee, Highlander, Pilot, Sorento, Traverse).
Guess which vehicle is the only one in this group showing five full stars (although the wide range in the number of reviews for each vehicle may complicate comparisons).