GM's full-size crossovers are definitely the way to go if roominess trumps everything else; the Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave, and GMC Acadia all have more space, especially in the third row, and a heftier, smoother ride, but they don't drive with the same verve as the CX-9.
Subaru’s Tribeca is probably the closest in overall driving feel—it handles very well for a tall crossover—but its odd styling and cramped third row are going to be a turnoff to some shoppers.
Then there’s the Honda Pilot, which breaks from the mold with outrageous chunky styling that embraces boxiness and trucklike looks, though it’s really a road-oriented crossover.
The Pilot performs much like the other vehicles in this group; if you can get past the styling, it’s well worth considering.
The Toyota Highlander, with its base 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine, is somewhat better on fuel, but it's hard to find much love within its drab interior.
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|2012 Mazda CX-9Browse Used Listings||2012 Chevrolet TraverseBrowse Used Listings||2012 Honda PilotBrowse Used Listings||2012 Subaru TribecaBrowse Used Listings||2012 Toyota HighlanderBrowse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas Flat 6||Gas I4|
|2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle|
|FWD 4-Door Sport||FWD 4-Door LS||2WD 4-Door LX||4-Door 3.6R Premium||FWD 4-Door I4 (Natl)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle||4 Door||4 Door Sport Utility||4 Door Sport Utility||4 Door|
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|2012 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2012 Chevrolet Traverse||2012 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2012 Honda Pilot||2012 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2012 Subaru Tribeca||2012 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2012 Toyota Highlander|