Disclosure: Mazda let me test drive a 2013 CX-9 for a week!
If your in the market for a new vehicle that seats seven and not quite ready to make a minivan purchase the affordable, roomy CX-9 may be the vehicle for you! The only vehicle capable of seating seven used to be a van or a huge SUV. But the full-size crossover has literally changed the game when it comes to toting around lots of passengers. Their large SUV like space, great fuel economy and exterior styling will make you wish you had five kids to take up every seat. (Just kidding!)
Ok, ok so don’t literally tell your significant other that you want the CX-9 so you can have five kids, because odds are then they will not even look at it with you! But if you happen to have five kids, like I do- or plan to have five kids- your entire family will be able to fit in the Cx-9.
You could easily install five car seats in the back of this crossover. I choose to install two extra large seats in the second row, leaving room for our oldest child in the middle. Both of the second row outboard seats have lower anchors and tethers so installation was super easy. If you wanted a seat in the middle you would have to use the seat belt for installation. Pictured below you see the Britax Frontier 90 and the Diono R100.
The third row seat has no anchors or tethers so installation back there must be done with seat belt only. We choose to stick two boosters back there for our boys and I was impressed with how much room was left over in the middle. The third row is actually usable in the CX-9, which surprised me. My kids fit back there with no issue at all, now I wouldn’t attempt to shove my 6-foot husband back there, but for my kids- it worked quite well.
Getting back to the third row was super easy, even with child seats installed. The second row slides back and forth and not just a little bit, it slides right up against the front seat. Moving it all the way forward creates just enough space for little ones to shimmy into the back seat with out having to fold the seatback forward, which can not be done with an installed child seat.
Trunk space is honestly pretty non existent with both the second and third row upright. We were able to fit four camp chairs and a pillow pet in the back with kids in the third row. With it down a whole world of space is opened up that can easily store a large double stroller (or two) groceries and any other kid toting necessities. With the second and third rows folded flat, the CX-9 offers up an impressive 101 cubic feet of room for pretty much anything you need to
Safety features are aplenty in the CX-9. Standard safety equipment for every 2013 Mazda CX-9 includes antilock disc brakes, stability control with a rollover sensor, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and active head restraints. The car I test drove also has a blind-spot monitoring system, rear parking sensors and a rearview camera.
If you need a big vehicle, but arent quite ready to become part of the minivan club- I highly suggest you at least test drive the Mazda CX-9! Once you slip behind that drivers seat, you won’t want to give it back. You can find a dealer near you to test drive or purchase a Mazda CX-9 by clicking here.
Special thanks to Mazda for letting me test drive the CX-9 for a week.