We bought this car to handle the demands of a family of 4 boys, and it did not disappoint with the kids in younger ages. As the kids grew more room was needed. But for a 7 seater crossover SUV the CX-9 drives, handles and performs like a car. We have driven across country and back 4 times in this vehicle with never a worry.
2010 Mazda CX-9 Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.7L 6cyl 6A)
Drives and handles well. Very comfortable. Quality materials inside. Small complaints: motorized auto lift gate is terrible. Multiple problems and repairs. Wish it didn’t have this option. Armrest doesn’t have enough padding and gets hard on elbow and arm. Overall, great value and has served us well for 8 yrs. new generation model even better.
Most versatile car I have ever owned. It could expand to hold 7 people or a lot of cargo. And it could comfortably hold just 4 as well. The interior controls were easy to use, storage was well designed. Road noise wasn’t totally blocked but not onerous. Reliabilty was rated well for this year when I bought it although has been downgraded for more recent model years. We did not have any problems beyond a couple of small ones covered by warranty, and one recall. Gas mileage definitely poor - ~14-15 around town, 16-17 on the highway. We traded the car for practical reasons - 2 older cars and this one got a better trade in for a new one.
195,000 miles and only routine maintenance required. The engine is powerful! Transmission is smooth. VERY comfortable and drives like a sport-oriented luxury CUV. Average 20 mpg in 60/40 highway/town driving. On 3rd set of Michelin tires. On the inside, a plastic tab holding the sun visor in place and button on the seatbelt have come off. Had the weather stripping replaced on one door. Great family hauler if you don't want a minivan.