Photography by ©2017 Toni Avery

Mazda is known for producing fun, affordable and obtainable cars for a wide variety of buyers. From the pure automotive enthusiast looking for a lightweight fun car, to the family looking for a fuel-efficient roomy and affordable vehicle. The CX-9 SUV offers an enjoyable driving experience mixed with the fuel-economy and space you’d expect from a car of its size.

This CX-9 is equipped with a 2.5 L turbocharged SKYACTIV-G engine producing 227 HP and 310 lb-ft of torque mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission driving all four wheels.

The CX-9 was surprisingly fun to drive. For its size, it doesn’t seem to suffer from any significant weight disadvantages. Thanks to its low-down torque at 2,000 RPM, the turbocharged engine helps assist the CX-9 in getting off the line.

While there is really no engine/exhaust noise to speak of, the noise level in the cabin is what you’d expect. It practically glides over any road imperfections making it an ideal road trip or family daily driver. It’s a comfortable ride with just the right amount of pep.

This CX-9 is fitted with 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 255/50R20 all-season tires and is finished in Machine Grey Paint.

The exterior of the CX-9 is sophisticated and modern for an SUV in its price bracket. The grille still sports the signature Mazda design while appealing to the dimensions of the CX-9. The rear, while not the most exciting design, features clean lines and a simple look.

Inside the CX-9 is three row seating, Napa leather-trimmed upholstery in Auburn, rosewood and aluminum interior trim, and a BOSE stereo.

The interior is what initially attracted me to the CX-9. After seeing commercials highlighting the craftsmanship of the wood and the clean layout of the interior, I wanted to see what the CX-9 was all about. It’s a spacious cabin that can fit six adults comfortably not including the driver.

The navigation and infotainment system functions well, like all other Mazda products I’ve tested and the BOSE stereo delivers a crisp surround sound.

For the price point, the Mazda CX-9 is a great value. It’s a good-looking SUV with plenty of passenger and cargo room, a nicely appointed interior and a driving experience you’d expect from Mazda.

2017 Mazda CX-9:

Base Price: $44,315


Cargo mat, Machine Grey paint charge

Destination Charge: $940

Total Price: $45,655

Fuel Economy: 20 City, 26 Highway, 23 Combined 

 GirlsDriveFastToo gives the 2017 Mazda CX-9 an overall rating of (out of 5 total):