So this is weird, but I’m going to compare the CX-9 to ice skating. Not ice skating like I would do it, all stumbly and stop-starty, but iceskating the way it’s meant to be done. Gliding smoothly around corners, holding fast to the road, sailing along straights. Strong enough and powerful enough to go up hills swiftly. High off the road, which makes you feel safe. It’s not heavy, there’s no pull downwards while you’re trying to move forwards. This car makes you feel like you can win the championship without very much effort at all.
I particularly like the way the steering feels. In some cars this size, you feel a fair amount of stiffness at the wheel, but not in the CX-9. Despite its large turning circle of 11.8 (standard in a seven-seater), the steering was so easy that doing three-point turns and reverse parking was not an arm wrestling event. I think this is a major point, especially as parents spend half their lives trying to park outside soccer/ballet/netball/insert kids’ after-school activity here, and some large cars have stiff steering.