The Mazda CX-9 used to be the "fun" choice for 3-row crossover-SUV buyers, a characteristic backed up by its style, its powerful V6 engine and its sharp handling. However, time...
... has marched on, and many of the Mazda CX-9's competitors have undergone a full redesign since this big Mazda entered the market for the 2007 model year, and some models like the
Ford Flex even have a fun-to-drive advantage. The Mazda's heavy steering builds effort nicely in corners, and while the CX-9 still holds its own in a corner, the suspension can be stiff around town. That said, this isn't a market segment defined by fun-to-drive vehicles, so the fact that the Mazda CX-9 offers some bite in corners is still a noteworthy difference for SUV buyers. When you're just cruising around town, the CX-9 offers the amenities, quiet and creature comforts you'd expect from this class.