I purchased my CX9 after trading in my Wrangler. I wanted something with more room and better mileage. Looking good and having some extras was a plus but it wasn't my main goal. I wanted a car that would last, that my kids could grow into and remain comfortable. The biggest plus for the CX9 is the space. Cargo space. Passenger space. Cargo AND passenger space. The seats are comfortable, fairly ergonomic, and are situated to allow plenty of leg room. After the space, the vehicle itself is designed in such a manner that it makes driving it a very simple thing. Driving in Dallas and Fort Worth traffic is a harrying experience, but the CX9 makes it easier with the controls on the wheel, the nav system (if you have one, I do not), the built in bluetooth, and especially its handling. The SUV handles like a dream. None of the topsy flip feeling I had in the Wrangler, or in the minivan my mom used to have. When it's time to get up and move, it responds very well. My only complaint is the mileage, it's a little thirstier for the gas than I anticipated, but it's still WAY better than what I had before, and for a car its size, I really shouldn't complain at all. Overall, smooth ride, excellent handling, tonnnns of space, and very comfortable.
This is the fourth Mazda we have owned. All of them have been peppy, beautiful, and comfortable on the inside. This one is the biggest Mazda, and we bought it to hold all five of our grandchildren. It has all the bells and whistles. I absolutely love it.
The most impressive feature of our CX-9 is the way it drives--great acceleration. The V-6 engine delivers a suprising amount of power making it a fun car to drive. The ride feels very smooth. The leather seats feel and look like they are made well...high quality. Some of the interior and exterior trim is made of plastic and it looks a little inferior when compared to the rest of the car. The Bose stereo system is a good quality sound system but the Mazda controls are a little confusing and take some time to get used to. The AC is ice cold and I have had to turn it down because some passengers were too cold despite 90 plus degrees outside. The dual climate feature is great for controlling the "zones" in the car. The interior space is very good for a crossover vehicle. A couple adults can fit comfortably in the middle seats, but once you install a child's car seat or two, it gets pretty tight. Mazda did a nice job with the forward sliding seats for access to the third row seating, but like most vehicles, the third row is designed for children. Overall I would recommend this vehicle for its great driving experience and quality interior features.