I've had my 2011 CX-9 for about a month, have taken two long road trips in it, and use it to commute in Atlanta traffic about 40 miles round trip.
I traded in my 2001 Toyota Highlander for the Mazda, and so far, I'm very happy with the CX-9.
The driving experience is great for this size vehicle.
The third-row seating is very accessible, and is roomy enough for my 9-year old (my 15 year-old complains it's too tight, but then again, he complains about everything!).
I am disappointed in the gas mileage, even when travelling on the interstate at reasonable speeds.
I suppose that is the price one pays for this kind of performance.
I really like the Bose sound system.
Performance, seating comfort, sound system.
Gas mileage is very disappointing, even on the highway.