Beyond the 2009 Mazda CX-9, the range of available crossovers staggers the mind.
If size matters most to you, then consider any of the large crossovers from General Motors (the Chevrolet Traverse, or the closely related Buick Enclave, Saturn Outlook, or GMC Acadia)—they're the biggest.
But don’t do so before driving the Mazda CX-9, which may reveal that size doesn't matter so much.
All three GM vehicles provide top safety and comfortable interiors but aren’t as agile or nimble on the road as the CX-9.
The Subaru Tribeca is closest to the CX-9 in driving manner, as it also handles better than most three-row SUVs, though the Subaru’s odd-duck styling elements might turn you off; on the other hand, the Honda Pilot appeals as a more basic, boxy ute even though it performs to similar standards.
Style and price range remain big variables, so take the time to see and drive the Mazda in person.
Only then decide whether the CX-9's low $30,000 price is spot-on for you.
But it is one of the prettiest, and its adroit steering and handling make it a family hauler for those who like to drive.
After a test drive, you may decide the 2009 Mazda CX-9 is really a less expensive alternative to an Acura MDX or BMW X5.
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|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle||4 Door||4 Door||4 Door||4 Door|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic|