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#7238 of 7326 Re: OUTBACK AND HIGHLANDER VS. VERCRUZ [robr2]
Jul 07, 2010 (8:54 am)
I bought a Ford Taurus X (similar to Flex and the new Explorer in size and on the same platform).
I looked at the Tribeca and found it too small. The third row was too small even for small children. Maybe luggage or Mothers-in-Law would fit there? (By contrast, my T-X nicely handles 6' mountain bikers in the third row on long trips.)
I was also intererested in the Acadia/Enclave, but found it was just too big on the outside with not much extra room on the inside. The second row leg room was significantly smaller than that in the Taurus X/Flex/Explorer. I was mostly turned off that it felt like I was driving high up in a big truck instead of like a nice handling car. I imagined the difficulty trying to get into tight parking spaces, etc..
The new Explorer should also come out with EcoBoost that increases mileage 15% or more, along with better torque/acceleration to boot. The new SYNC system is very nice as well.
Maybe you can wait a few more months for Ford?
#7239 of 7326 Re: OUTBACK AND HIGHLANDER VS. VERCRUZ [larryqw]
Jul 07, 2010 (10:40 am)
Well the X of course is gone. The Flex does not meet the attractiveness quotient required by Wifey.
I think we'll find the Beca too small as well. Wifey really liked the Saturn Outlook which of course is gone so the Acadia/Enclave are substitutes. She won't look at the Traverse due to the attractiveness quotient.
The CX-9 is running first as of right now as she's gotten over the Joker Face.
I think we can hold out for a few more months. The Odyssey is coming up to needed the 105K service and a timing belt - those two work out to about 3 months of payments so it would be a wash wrt to buying now vs buying in October.
#7240 of 7326 Re: OUTBACK AND HIGHLANDER VS. VERCRUZ [robr2]
Jul 07, 2010 (1:53 pm)
Print my Maxi Cooper image above, maybe that will help.
I got an 08 Miata and one of the reasons was I did not want the grin on the 2009s.
Aug 03, 2010 (8:26 pm)
Just wanted to get some insight from others..we currently have a 2004 Pilot EX-L. Lots of miles. Looking to upgrade to another Pilot (touring) or the 2010 CX-9. Not sure which way to go...afraid I may miss the space in the Pilot (2 small kids) but want some of the bells and whistles (moonroof, power liftgate) without breaking the bank.
Thanks in advance!
#7242 of 7326 Re: Pilot or CX-9 [novabuyer1]
Aug 04, 2010 (9:22 am)
Not sure which way to go...afraid I may miss the space in the Pilot (2 small kids) but want some of the bells and whistles (moonroof, power liftgate) without breaking the bank.
Not sure what space you think you might miss novabuyer? If I'm not mistaken the CX-9 has more cargo and passenger room all around than the Pilot plus it looks a great deal better than the Pilot IMO.
#7243 of 7326 Re: Pilot or CX-9 [baggs32]
Aug 04, 2010 (10:23 am)
Pilot's taller & wider, CX-9's nearly a foot longer. In general, interior advantages for each are as expected... Pilot has more head & hip/shoulder room, CX-9 has more leg room and cargo room. Pilot's boxy cargo area may be easier to pack & its 3rd row is considerably more habitable (only an advantage if you use it). Both are solid choices. Whichever way you go, CX-9 surely has enough room for 2 kids & gear. If you plan on a 3rd kid, Pilot will better accommodate 3 carseats across... that was our deciding factor when we traded our Outback for a Pilot.
#7244 of 7326 Re: Pilot or CX-9 [novabuyer1]
Aug 04, 2010 (11:09 am)
When I test drove the CX9 I liked it, a bit sportier than the Pilot, though it's probably a tad less roomy.
If you live in Northern VA, as I'm thinking, search fitzmall.com, they have a no-haggle Mazda dealership in Annapolis IIRC, so you can get up-front CX9 pricing hassle-free.
#7245 of 7326 Re: Pilot or CX-9 [jeffmc]
Aug 05, 2010 (10:03 am)
After checking the numbers I agree. I was more referring to cargo space which the CX-9 has more of (unless you plan on blocking the rear glass with cargo in which case you shouldn't be driving anyway) so what specific spacial issues you have will determine which is better.
FWIW we chose the Ford Flex over both, CX-9 was a close second, for it's unique styling and near-luxury car interior. We sacrificed a little space for overall first and second row comfort (2 adults and 2 small boys) and I don't regret it.
I never did drive a Pilot because one look at that strange green fake glass-like center stack made me run away. Far, far away.
#7246 of 7326 Re: Pilot or CX-9 [baggs32]
Aug 05, 2010 (10:44 am)
One thing to look for - when you sit in a CX9, make sure your knees are comfy.
When I sat in one, my right knee space was limited by a protrusion in the center console that was just annoying.
Oddly, my MX-5 has a similar flaw, but on the left knee (the bottle holder protrudes). Mazda needs to pay more attention to passenger comfort. I velcro'd some black foam in strategic places to pad the area where my knees rest, but the protrusions should not exist to begin with.
#7247 of 7326 need to replace Mazda mpv...choices traverse, acadia, cx9
Mar 21, 2012 (7:12 pm)
I am currently searching for a new vehicle to replace my very dependable mazda mpv (2004). This car has been amazing over the past 8 years.... we are a family of 5 with 2 large dogs. I love the reliability and the layout (captain seats, roomy third row, and room for cargo.) So, any suggestions for a replacement? I would like to move out of the minivan stage, but most importantly, I want reliability. Any suggestions would be great!