Disclosure: I was given a loaner vehicle for one week by Drive Shop. No compensation was received. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.
This summer was one of our best. We did our 1st trip to Europe in June and it was unbelievable. By August, I couldn’t believe that summer was nearly over for us since Andre starts school in the middle of the month. So we planned our last trip of the summer to Dorney Park with my in-laws. Road trips are always fun especially with family & friends. It’s also an opportunity to test drive vehicles that are new on the market and to save putting miles on our car. We were given a 2017 Mazda CX-9 for our last summer road trip.
When the Mazda CX-9 arrived I was super impressed with it’s exterior. The vehicle is very sleek. Long gone are those boxy Mazdas from back in the day. I parked it in front of my building and as I walked away, people were slowing down to check it out. I’m pretty sure they were just as surprised to learn that it was a Mazda.
The 2017 Mazda CX-9 is a mid-size, three-row crossover SUV that fits 7 people comfortably. We had the machine grey metallic with auburn leather interior model. I actually loved the interior. The color combination was rich, modern & sheek. It definitely gave the car a pop of luxury.
There was ample leg space for my 6’4 husband which is always key for us. Another key feature that my husband loved was the superior Bose sound system. With 12 speaker surround system, you are sure to have music blasting throughout. One thing we noticed while driving using the GPS system, when the guide’s voice spoke, the music did not get tuned out through out the car but only on the driver’s side. In our car, it mutes the music which is a pet peeve of ours so this was a nice feature. The dashboard has a 7 inch touch screen display which is situated on top. I wish it would drop down when the car turned off which would be a cool aspect. I wasn’t a big fan of the GPS system in the CX-5 and I’m still not in the CX-9. It took us a few minutes to set up navigation clicking back & forth with the knob to figure it out. It was frustrating because navigation systems shouldn’t be this complex.
My son’s favorite feature was the three zone automatic climate control. He was able to control the temperature in the 2nd row to what he preferred. There was no more fighting to shut off the air conditioner because someone was too cold or hot. To our surprise my mom figured out that there was a built in shade in the windows in the 2nd row. This comes in handy especially for babies to shield the sun in their eyes. Definitely a great added feature.
With any 3rd row vehicle, your trunk space is limited unless you drop down the seats. Since there was only 3 of us traveling home, we had enough space for our bags.
The safety features on this car is exceptional. With skyactiv technology you can feel secure that you are riding with caution. One feature that was new to us was the active driving display. It highlights your speed & lane assist system. It allows you to keep your eyes on the road.
This is a great car to have for a family. I love the idea of a 3rd row to drive Andre & his friends to practices. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Mazda in 2018. They just keep on getting better. What’s your favorite feature?