Adventures Of A New York City Family In The Mazda CX-9! #DriveSTI @MazdaUSA @DriveSTI #Ad


Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. I received a 2015 Mazda CX-9 to test-drive for the purposes of writing this review. All opinions are 100% my own based on my experiences with this vehicle.


    It’s no secret that we had an extremely rough winter here in New York City.  Aside from our hectic schedules throughout the work week, we also had to maneuver around all the snow and harsh weather to plan creative outings as a family.  The Mazda CX-9 was the perfect fit for our family to be able to spend quality time together this season!  Not to mention its gorgeous leather trim interior which was love at first sight for my husband and I!


    Since I have an eleven year-old and a nine year-old, they always want to invite their friends and cousins on outings with the family.  That usually means that, aside from our medium-sized family of four, Hubby and I have to make sure that we have enough room in the car to safely accommodate everyone on road trips.  After all, not having enough space can make us lose serious cool points with the Tweens!


    So we all packed in to the Mazda CX-9 and headed around New York for some weekend fun.  If you are familiar with the area around New York City, you know that Yonkers has some of the most delicious and iconic places for families to eat.  Our first stop was to eat some famous New York hot dogs which our family loves!  I had to hand over control of the music when my eleven year-old heard the Bose radio and speaker system inside the Mazda CX-9.


    Later that week, we headed out to Brooklyn to see the circus.  You can tell how excited my son was that we were going to pick up all his cousins.  Thank goodness that the Mazda CX-9 has four-wheel- drive because there was still a lot of snow on the ground and I needed to navigate the icy New York City streets safely with all the kids.  Also, the fact that it seats seven fit all of us comfortably for the long drive.



    At the end of the day, although I’m glad that the kids enjoyed their adventures around New York in the Mazda CX-9, as a mom I appreciated its safety features.  The anti-lock brakes allowed me to stop safely despite the icy roads and knowing that it boasts 3-row side air curtains with roll-over protection made me confident that the “precious cargo” I was transporting would be safe no matter what.


    My overall impression of the Mazda CX-9 is that it is the perfect family vehicle.  It is versatile and large enough to accommodate the needs of a busy family on-the-go.  However, its luxury features are sporty and attractive, at the same time.  It was with a heavy heart that I gave back the keys at the end of the week!


Let’s Discuss:  Why do you think the Mazda CX-9 would be the perfect vehicle for your family?

Disclosure:  This is not a compensated post. I received a 2015 Mazda CX-9 to test-drive for the purposes of writing this review. All opinions are 100% my own based on my experiences with this vehicle.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    My father actually has that exact same car and LOVES it. He has nothing but good things to say.

  2. I can totally see you guys exploring the car and checking out all of its bells and whistles. I think it would be perfect just simply because of it’s safety features and I am a sucker for sporty cars. When we bought our Lincoln it was so much fun shopping around for different cars that fit our budget. If we had more wiggle room in our budget I would look into a Mazda.

  3. Since I am single this vehicle is a bit too large for me. It looks really great and if you managed to make it to Yonkers (to my Mom’s favorite place to eat!) and to Brooklyn with the kind of winter we have had then I will definitely be looking at Mazda’s when I need a new car–only a smaller model!

    • Michele, it made it to Brooklyn and Yonkers with no problem. It felt great to have that kind of control while driving, despite the icy and hazardous road conditions we had.

      • When driving on hazardous roads, you need a car you can count on. Glad to hear it. I am going to see if we can test drive one while we are car shopping

  4. I do like the style of the new Mazda, but unfortunately is isn’t perfect for us (yet). We still need the sliding doors a minivan provides. My girls are horrible at opening car doors and they’d ding them all up!

    • Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

      I will never own a minivan, so this car is perfect for our family – and since my dad already has one, I get to try it out for myself anytime I want 🙂

  5. My husband would be interested at all those luxury features. He goes for all that extra stuff in the car. Actually, we are in the process of looking for a car.

  6. It’s definitely a consideration to have room for friends in the car. That does seem like a really nice option!

  7. This looks like a fantastic SUV. We love SUV for family trips and I just love having all that space. We also love Mazdas as my hubby drove a Miata for 13 years and it was his favorite car!

  8. It looks awesome. I think it would be perfect for us because of space. Although not big enough, it would do for half of us and it looks like it would me a comfortable ride!

  9. What a nice ride! Looks spacious and fulled loaded!

  10. Mazda CX-9 would be the perfect vehicle for my family because we are always needing space. I travel back and forth to New York and Boston to see my children and am always carrying gifts, and things for my grand puppies. I would love the roominess and the style is amazing.

  11. Sounds like a great trip and a great car! Bose sound system? That’s just awesome.

  12. I’ve always loved Mazda. I had a Mazda that was older than I was for the longest time. It’s a great car. You all look so cute and cozy inside.

  13. My oldest is car shopping. This would be great for her and her daughter. I need to see if it’s in her price range.

    • Mazdas are great cars. I hope she gets one because she won’t be sorry. Mine as 20 years old before I finally got a new one, it was still running GREAT!

  14. Jennifer Williams says

    I have a friend that purchased one of those a couple years ago and loves it. His only complaint is that he has to wait so long for a new one as they last forever (not a bad thing). He and his wife agree that a car must be owned for as long as possible and this one just lasted longer than most so far.

  15. We had a Mazda for years. They make some really great cars.

  16. What fun you had! I almost purchased a Mazda years ago – they are fabulous cars!

  17. Although my kids are grown, we still take trips together and love having a vehicle that fits four adults comfortably as well as our luggage. My Durango is getting a little on the old side and I have been thinking about getting a new vehicle. I will keep this one in mind. It looks like it has all the bells and whistles and lots of room.

  18. Looks like such a fun ride! I have never driven a Mazda.

  19. I got this car for a test drive last year and loved it. I think we went on a trip in it as well.

  20. This is really awesome, I hope you guys enjoyed your test drive!

  21. Driving around the city in a new car almost makes it feel like a vacation right?! Glad you all had such a great day as a family.

  22. Such a wonderful car – mazda is indeed a good automobile for the family.

  23. Rachelle J says

    I think this car would be awesome for my family! We do a lot of road trips and I would love to extra room to stretch out!

  24. It looks like you had a blast in this car. My father in law has one like it and loves it

  25. Ann Bacciaglia says

    This is an amazing car. My friend has one and we went on a road trip with it. We were very comfortable and the gas mileage was fantastic.

  26. Congrats on scoring a test drive this looks like a wonderful vehicle. It looks and sounds like you were driving in luxury at an affordable price.

  27. Chrissy Mazzocchi says

    I have 3 kids and I think this is roomy enough for all of us! Very nice looking car!

  28. Wow, what a nice car. I love the dash and I also love that you can fit 7 comfortably. Looks like a great family car with lots of room for bags and groceries.

  29. Mazda has been one of those dreams cars for my husband with such great features available. It Looks awesome. I can see you have had a fun trip together as a family.

  30. It is a great looking car! I have always loved the look of them

  31. Janet W. says

    Mazda has really stepped up their game! This car looks so nice and spacious making it the perfect family vehicle!

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