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Mazda CX-9, Test Drive

I love test driving new vehicles / cars, especially when one turns out to be a great ride like the Mazda CX-9. I’ve had the most fun driving this SUV around and I was really amazed at how roomy it is; seven seater. The middle seats slide backward or forward and it has a third row as well. I didn’t take a long trip in this SUV like I normally do with my review vehicles but I got around in it fairly often over the holidays. We were able to pack all of the kids in and all of our packages during our last minute shopping trips and I even loaded up some packages to mail off that a few lucky individuals had won, on Terris Little Haven.

The Mazda CX-9 was one smooth rider. I’m really impressed with how nice it looks and how roomy the interior is. I’m not sure what I would compare the exterior of the Mazda CX 9 to, but it’s really attractive. The first thing I noticed about the interior was the seats. When you live in chronic pain, you look for comfort lol. Not only did the seats look comfortable, they are comfortable. We live on a terrible road. One of the worst in Georgia. We’re talking major bumpy. That didn’t phase the Mazda CX-9. Because of my back injuries, I drive slow and avoid bumps. I was afraid the Mazda CX-9 would be bouncy, because of its mid SUV size, but it wasn’t.

Another plus is that it has a better gas mileage than I anticipated. It’s not the best, but it’s not the worst. In a weeks period of shopping and running errands, I did not use a full tank of gas. In fact, if I’m not mistaken, I ended up using a little over a half a tank. All the reviews I’ve read about the gas mileage state that it averages 17 in the city and 24 mpg on the open highway. I got better gas mileage than this in the city, it averaged about 19 mpg.

The one thing I wanted to point is the key cap, or knob, depending on what you call it. This is a keyless vehicle but it does use the cap or knob for the ignition. You turn it on just like you would a key, unlike the vehicles with push button switches, I normally review. I liked this feature. One less thing to keep up with. It stays in the ignition.

The Mazda CX-9 has some really neat features and it’s so easy to navigate. I can take better turns with it than I can most smaller vehicles. Everything is readable even without my glasses. There’s no reason for me to get a ticket when I can clearly see how fast I’m going or slow ;).


The rear camera is a plus.

I l.o.v.e. the touchscreen. Bluetooth. SiriusXM Satellite Radio reception.

3.7L engine and automatic transmission.

Advanced airbags, feeling safe yet?

Handy dandy cup holders.

Bring the chargers along.

Heated seats, front, and back.

The back two seats can lay flat for extra storage. This would be handy for weekend getaways or vacations when we need a lot of space to bring back souvenirs for everyone. Large family.

I didn’t use the sunroof but I did open it to show the kids. They have a fascination (that I don’t particularly have) with sunroofs. It’s large and for sunroof lovers, you’d really appreciate the size and ease of opening and closing.

Mazda used high tensile steel reinforcements to ensure safety and I did feel safe driving this as well as letting my family ride in it with me. We all want to keep our family safe when we are traveling. Right? Check out the prices and other features on

What is your favorite feature on the Mazda CX-9?

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