2013 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.7L 6cyl 6A)
I shopped around and looked at a number of reviews and test drove a number of vehicles before deciding on the CX-9 Grand Touring Tech to replace my '04 Highlander.
Great vehicle for the price. The ride is very nice and although the 20's do make the ride a tad rougher (as reviewers have said), overall the ride is more than acceptable. Vehicle has good power, which is helpful as I live in a hilly area. Gas mileage is right at 18 in a mix of city and highway driving short distances each day
Finish is great, quiet, tech package is very good and easy to operate. Very happy with the car.
I really like the seating. This is a seven passenger vehicle which actually holds seven. The third row are actually comfortable and easily accessed from either side. Some of the other cars we looked at in this price range only have the third row access from one side.
The other thing that I like is the trim details. There are some nice inserts around the dash and the door handles that give the vehicle a more luxurious feel. I should also say that the vehicle is very quiet, even with the moon roof open at highway speeds, another favorite.
The only thing I would change with this vehicle so far is the keyless ignition. Versus other vehicles push button start, this vehicle has the start switch on the column--as if you would use a key. This switch doubles as the emergency start in case the keyless fails. The fob has a key stored within the fob. Nice, but it feels a little like starting a toy car. This wasn't a big enough deal to keep me from buying the car, but for some buyers it might just be the thing that keeps them away.