Our Adventure in the 2017 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring #DriveMazda @MazdaUSA


Living in southern Michigan means we are always a car ride away from an adventure. A couple of months ago we spent a girls weekend at an in-door water park, and thanks to the 2017 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring, our adventure started on the way there. Four girls, a two hour drive, an over night stay with a lot of fun pool time, equals a dozen new memories.

We packed up and hit the road on a Friday late afternoon. Do you know how much an adult, a teenager and two nine year old girls need for a weekend away? Well, I can tell you it’s a lot, and the CX-9 held it all nicely, with plenty of space to spare. I was very impressed!


As much as I love to drive, I can be horrible with directions when traveling places I have never been. The Mazda navigation system and windshield-projected active driving display in the Mazda CX-9 made it easy for me to keep us on route, and we arrived at the water park within our desired time. It was actually pretty fun.


The girls enjoyed their time in the back seat. They really appreciated having their own climate control. The folding armrest with integrated storage, and 2 USB charging ports was also a big hit, perfect for their electronics.

Rush hour traffic added an extra hour to our road trip, but I don’t think any of us were bothered by it – it was all music, and laughs. These girls sure know how to have a good time.


A few features that I really enjoyed while driving the Mazda CX-9:

Power sliding-glass moonroof with sunshade
It was nice to look up at the stars when we drove close to the lake.

Bose® Centerpoint® 2.0 Surround Sound System with AudioPilot® and 12 speakers
Made for really fun singing while we were on the road.

Mazda Advanced Keyless entry and start system
I LOVE this feature. It’s so nice to not have to juggle or dog for my keys when my arms are full.

Power rear liftgate with programmable height adjustment
Being five foot tall (on a good hair day), this feature is like a gift.

8″ full color touch screen display
Makes life easy, and my eyes on the road while driving. I love it.

The 2017 Mazda CX-9 features a beautiful, sleek look outside and modern clean comfort inside. I would expect nothing less from Mazda, a name I have really grown to admire over the years. They know how to keep it classy.


Let’s talk safety: The CX-9 is packed with all the latest technology to keep families safe on the road.

Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring (my favorite), Lane Departure Warning System, Lane-keep Assist System, Smart Brake Support, Rearview Camera, Rear backup sensors, Rear Cross Traffic Alert (another favorite), just to name a few.


We had a great time during our girl’s weekend. Our time on the road was a big part of the adventure, and I have Mazda to thank for making it so comfortable. We made just as many fun memories on the road as we did at our destination.

I really enjoyed driving the Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring for a week. I can’t think of anything negative to share with my readers. I felt it was excellent on gas and handled nicely on the freeway. I did have a hard time finding the perfect seat setting – there are so many options that it took me a few days to get it just right. The real bonus is that there is memory setting, so once I got it, it stayed. We didn’t use the third row seating, but it did look a little on the small size, maybe not suitable for a larger family. If you are a family of four, and like to have some cargo space or a seat for occasional friends – the Mazda CX9 is a great choice for you.

You can read complete details on the Mazda-CX-9, find a dealer and request a quote by visiting the official Mazda website.

Disclosure: I drove the 2017 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring for seven days. No monetary compensation has been exchanged. The opinions express and photos used are honest and my own. I was not asked or influenced in any way to write a positive review. I am disclosing this information as part of the legal FTC blogger regulations.


  1. Audrey Stewart says:

    I have a Mazda Tribute SUV. I have no complaints.

  2. Liz
    Twitter: yesnofilms

    Sounds and looks like a nice car!

  3. Rosie says:

    You get to try out the hottest cars! I love this Mazda! I haven’t used navigation yet, I like this set up. It can be very distracting, this one seems effective at not being too risky.

  4. This Mazda is great! I love all of the features, especially the navigation! Girls weekends are always so much fun. Getting to drive there in this makes it better!

  5. Now that looks like an awesome car to get to drive around and the perfect size for a get away to keep everyone comfortable and keep things packed safely.

  6. robin rue says:

    My dad had a CX9 for years. He was always really happy with it and raved about it 🙂

  7. That is definitely a sweet ride and one that would be an ideal fit for our family. All of those safety features are certainly impressive as well.

  8. I think the Mazdas are great cars. We need large vehicles for our family, but I have friends that love their Mazda.

  9. This looks like a great car. I really like all the space and the touch screen display.

  10. This looks like a great vehicle. My husband and I are in the market for another car and this one looks promising for sure.

  11. That sounds like an amazing car and I love that you all felt comfortable during that road trip thanks to the CX9. It’s definitely beautiful and something that I’d consider getting for the family!

  12. This looks like a great ride and I love it in white. Might be our next new car!

  13. We had a Mazda for years and really likes it. They are really sturdy cars and I think they are really dependable.

  14. What a beautiful vehicle! Mazda always has great car designs available. I’m sure you had a great tour.

  15. The Mazda CX-9 looks rad! My sister owns a Mazda and she swears by it.

  16. I drove this two months ago in another color. I loved it and went on a roadtrip in it so much fun it was a smooth ride.

  17. My Teen Guide says:

    I have never owned a Mazda. However, I think their vehicles have come a long way and are at par with the other big name automobile manufacturers. I love the features of the Mazda CX-9. It looks like the perfect family car!

  18. I’ve been hearing so many great things about Mazdas lately. I will definitely keep your review in mind the next time I am on the hunt for a car.

  19. A stunner! The car looks really awesome in every way!

  20. Looks like some great options! The navigation system and driving display sound like something I could definitely use. We’re going to have 4 kids here soon and have been looking for a vehicle with 3rd row seating. I know you said it was kind of small, but I’m still interested in checking it out!

  21. Janet W. says:

    Mazda’s have really come a long way over the years! They’re great cars now!

  22. Fits Slow Cooker Queen says:

    That Mazda seems like it’s a great family car!