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.