With its folding third row seats, Mazda says the CX-9 can seat up to seven passengers. Behind the third row is a spacious 17.2 cubic foot storage area with plenty of space for groceries. With the second and third row seats folded flat, the cargo volume jumps to a downright cavernous 100.7 cubic feet.
Its 3.7 liter V6 engine sends power through a six speed automatic transmission with a sport shift mode. This coupled with an all-wheel-drive system that shifts power around on demand means that it's pretty easy to end up going faster in the turns than a vehicle this size should.
Our CX-9 included a 296 watt Bose stereo system with a six disc in-dash changer and 11 speakers. The system really shined when a standard audio CD was inserted and the Bose system was allowed to work its full range.
Second and third row passengers are treated to a nine inch flip down DVD player with two sets of wireless headphones. DVD playback was crisp and clear and sound was good coming through the headphones and great when piped through the 5.1 surround Bose system.