The 2015 Mazda CX-9 enjoys the uncertain dignity of being the oldest member of current Mazda line-up, pre-dating the major redesigns that have swept across the Japanese automaker's family of cars and crossovers in recent years. Although it first debuted back in 2007, a few mechanical updates and a stream of cosmetic improvements have kept the three-row crossover in many ways competitive with its contemporaries. It helps, of course, that the CX-9 happens to embody the Mazda brand's reputation for being a decent drive: although not quite sporty, it's certainly nimble in a way other full-size people movers aren't.
In order to enjoy the Mazda CX-9's roomy interior, reasonable power, and above-average handling, you will of course have to deal with a number of blasts from the past - specifically in the area of technology and interior fit and finish. Still, there's enough about the big crossover to keep it compelling for those seeking something a little less boring when carting the kids across town.