It’s easy to forget the Mazda CX-9, because it’s been out for several years, but every time I get into one I remember that it’s a really nice, very refined family crossover. It’s good-looking, too. The 3.7-liter V-6 works very well with the six-speed automatic, and I don’t think most drivers would ever want for power. The interior is very well turned out, especially in our test car’s taupe and cream two-tone combination. The third-row seats are for children only but that’s fine, because this is a mid-size crossover not full size. The ergonomics are good, the seats are comfortable, and the main instrument binnacle is clear and easy to read. There’s lots to like here for anybody shopping for a 7-passenger family vehicle.
Joe DeMatio, Deputy Editor