We have test driven a number of different vehicles here on 2 Wired 2 Tired. Having driven so many cars, trucks, and SUV’s has given us a lot of expertise about which vehicles are good fits for families.
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I have had a chance to get an up close and personal view of how Mazda does things. I walked away pretty darn impressed. They know they are an “underdog” brand, however they continue to come up with fun and impressive cars. I can’t help but feel good after every time I get a chance to drive one, and my most recent experience with their premium family SUV continues that feeling.
The Mazda CX-9 keeps that trend alive, but really amplifies their efforts to make a vehicle that is not only fun but also a premium vehicle. The CX-9 is a 3 Row Crossover SUV that looks the part of a premium vehicle.
Mazda is known for making a practical car, and that thought process carries over to the Mazda CX-9. The 3rd Row is a fair size, perfect for kids, but not overly spacious at first. However, the middle row has an option to adjust, so if there are adults in back, you can give them more space.
The Mazda CX-9 is a tad smaller than some of its competition, however you get a lot more value than the competition. The CX-9, with its 3rd row, is a value. For you parents, driving the CX-9, 3rd row and all still is a fun and exciting drive.
Why is the CX-9 Fun?
Mazda as a brand has a focus on making the driver’s experience a fun one. Mazda also always presents a value to their customers too. The CX-9 comes with a very fair price tag, and also an engine and handling that gives you a great sense of speed, stability and control while driving.
In addition to the first class driving feel, the CX-9 is loaded with signature trim which really gives the CX-9 a high end appearance. It absolutely has thrown itself into premium 3 row SUV market.
As a bonus to the fun drive, you also get excellent mileage. With a blended rate of 24 mpg – 22 city and 27 highway, you get a lot more bang for your buck when it comes to your gas station trips in this family SUV!
Ultimately, the Mazda CX-9 is as comfortable zipping down a curvy highway road as it is waiting in the carpool line to pick up the kids. As a Dad, I would definitely love driving this family SUV – with and without the kids!
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