The Mazda CX-9 shares its roots with the Ford Edge, but the two models have gone in very different directions since Ford and Mazda split.
The CX-9 is a three-row crossover, while the Edge offers just two rows of seating.
Despite its larger size, the CX-9 manages to be more engaging to drive than the Ford—credit Mazda's suspension wizards for that.
The Ford that's more of a direct competitor to the CX-9 is the Flex; this three-row crossover-wagon offers efficient engine options as well as a very powerful EcoBoost turbo V-6, making for its own kind of driving fun.
The Honda Pilot can also be compared, although it's not as fun to drive as the Mazda and its interior feels cheap in a lot of places; a new Pilot should be along next year, however.
Those looking for a performance-oriented crossover should also consider the Infiniti QX70 (formerly called the FX), which sacrifices a lot more space and usability but drives like a tall, muscular sport sedan.
Back in the most mainstream direction is the Chevrolet Traverse, a vehicle that is comfortable and refined but not at all sporty, and its GMC sibling the Acadia, which is a little more luxurious but very similar dynamically.
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