2018 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
Replaced one of our BMWs with CX-9 as we need 3-row SUV occasionally. Love: windshield-projected display, how it drives. Good: steering feeling is exceptional, engine and transmission are good, 3rd row is good enough for kids, a lot of techs that work pretty well. Weird: when you shut the engine it turns off the audio and Bluetooth, no light in the glove box, the Bose surround mode is awful so I disabled it. Bad: black leather interior gets too hot in FL (compare to my other BMW), AC not very powerful but very noisy when on full, backup camera is so-so. Personal bad: the left foot rest is located too close to the driver and unlike BMW you cannot straight out your left leg (in Mazda the rest is closer to the driver than the pedals, in BMW the pedals are closer). Makes a big difference not in a good way. If not the issue with the left foot rest I would give it 5. My wife doesn’t have that issue, she is not using the foot rest at all.
Absolutely love the ride quality and quality of interior. Feels like an upscale European car with fit and finish as well as layout of controls. Was deciding between pilot and cx9 and cx9 was hands down winner. They only gripes I have are with the location of climate controls which are partially blocked by the shift knob and controls. The rear cargo space is also limited with three rows up but most cars I looked at had same issues. Haven't really checked on gas mileage and safety and reliability are too new to comment on but overall very happy with car.
bought it new. loved CX-9 at first. Then, after the warranty expired the problems started. Spent many thousands of dollars trying to keep it running. Some problems, like vibration at 40 miles per hour, never went away despite all the repairs. Not even close to Honda or Toyota in reliability. At 130k miles it is basically a piece of junk. Stay away!!!
CX-9 signature is a piece of art with high technology and safety car. very nice SUV car that can combine sporty car with family car has 7 seats. this car has 2 missing points : 1. Steering is heavy comparing with all cars specially for ladies . 2. The voice of the engine is inside the car, the isolation system between the engine and the inside cabin of the car is bad ...If those 2 points are modified then I am sure it is the best SUV with 7 seats in the market and will beat the luxury cars .