This is a review of the 2013 Mazda CX-9 by my husband, Will.
My seven day review period went something like this…
Day 1: I come home from work at lunch to find the “Niner” packed to the gills with car seats and Angela smiling, “I thought I could drive it for just one day <eyelash batting>?”
Day 2: The mad rush to get kids to school and Angela off to a meeting immediately following leaves no time to switch car seats – another day shot.
Day 3: The load of garbage I brought home from work in the back of our van I’ve been driving needs to be unloaded before I can put all the car seats back in it. One work stop after another, and the whole day is gone.
Day 4: What’s this!? Our van failed DEQ and has to go to the shop. Oh, crimany! Luckily we have a Mazda CX-9 that will fit all the car seats, and I’m stuck in my sedan for another day…
Day 5: … or two…
Day 6: … or THREE…
Day 7: Finally, I get to drive the Niner. I have nowhere to go but volunteer to take the boys to cash in pop cans at everybody’s favorite store (Grocery Outlet). You know they have free coffee there, right?
Some things I like and hate about the Mazda CX-9:
Blind spot alert in the mirror. The side mirrors alert you when a car is in your blind spot – so awesome!
An engine with power. This sucker accelerates fast and has a top speed much higher than I could discover on my trip to the Grocery Outlet. (Angela here — It goes really fast :).)
Low-profile tires. They look cool. What can I say? I look pimp. Is that something the kids are still saying these days?
Voice commands/Bluetooth connectivity. This is the easiest connection I’ve encountered. My phone and mobile phone book connected very easily, and I was able to make calls by voice command – all without having to read instructions. This is a rare find.
Gas Mileage. Average fuel consumption for the week was 15.8 mpg. Are you kidding me? Is this a Suburban? In 2013, can’t we do better? Can I at least get 20 mpg?
My gauge on whether or not I like a car is this: “If I won this car on a game show or in a drawing, would I keep the car or sell it?” I would keep the 2013 Mazda CX-9.
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