The Good The 2010 Mazda CX-9 handles well for a large vehicle. A full-color LCD serves as the radio display and shows phonebook entries for the Bluetooth phone system. The stereo supports Bluetooth streaming audio.
The Bad GPS navigation isn't available on the Touring trim CX-9. Option packages force some odd decisions, such as a sunroof with upgraded audio.
The Bottom Line The 2010 Mazda CX-9 works well for people needing extra seats and cargo room, but it is by no means a tech powerhouse and lacks many useful features.
2010 Mazda CX-9 Touring
No better example of the newish crossover automotive segment exists than the 2010 Mazda CX-9. Automakers may use the term crossover for everything from small wagons to bulky SUVs, but the CX-9 shows crossover attributes in their purest form. It offers plenty of interior room, with three seating rows, yet remains nimble on the road. The CX-9's high seating position offers a good view, yet it drives like a car.
The CX-9 comes in Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring trims; however, all trims get the same 3.7-liter V-6 and six-speed-automatic transmission. The car can also be had in front- or all-wheel-drive formats. Our car, in Crystal White Pearl Mica, came with the Touring trim that adds niceties such as leather power adjustable seats. All trims get a hands-free Bluetooth phone system.