I’m sad to see this one go. There’s a reason the license plate holder reads: ZOOM, ZOOM, ZOOM!
I love driving this car and my daughter is a big fan of being chauffered around in it. See, she not only has a ton of room back there, but it was comfortable. For all of us! And for once, I felt like the cool carpool mom! This week, Drive STI dropped off the 2015 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring FWD for our family to test drive for the week. It’s been awhile since I’ve been driving a vehicle this high up and I have to be honest, I loved every minute. This whip has made me reconsider my must-have list for my next car. Basically, fully-loaded has new meaning.
While we had Mazda’s latest SUV, we explored one of Orange County’s gems: Fullerton, California. With it’s craftsman houses and small town charm, it’s easy to think you’ve been dropped right inside a Norman Rockwell painting.
So where are our favorite haunts in Fullerton? That’s easy, we love Downtown Fullerton the most, for the vibe and great restaurants.
One of my favorite spots to visit with friends and my daughters after school is Tranquil Tea. A friend recommended I give it a try last year, and I’ve been hooked on their Fuzzy Navel tea ever since.
This weekend is Record Store Day and you can bet we’ll be at some of Fullerton’s finest grabbing Songs From The Laundry Room in Downtown Fullerton.
The SOCO District is a great spot not only for dinner and drinks, but the thriving art community. Take a look at super cool birthday party kiddo was invited to at Artside Studio. It was one of the best ones she has been to and the girls had a blast. Very creative, so much to do, and even more to see.
One of our favorite restaurants in Fullerton is Samurai Sushi in Fullerton Town Center. Tucked inside one of the local strip malls, it is really one of Fullerton’s hidden gems and best kept secrets. We love family dinners around the hibachi table and the chefs always have the best stories.
And finally, one of our favorite Sunday afternoon spots is the Fullerton Arboretum and The Heritage House near Cal State Fullerton.
So what did I love about the Mazda CX-9 the most? Well besides the overall comfort + style of the vehicle, I loved the visibility, 3-Zone Auto Climate Control and Blind Spot Monitoring System. These are a few things that really stood out throughout the test drive. The only reason I am not including the Rear Backup Camera and Sensors is because I recently read that soon they will be mandatory in all future make and models. I felt very safe in this car and as a parent with a child in the backseat 90% of the time, I really appreciated that feeling.
Oh, and I’m not going to lie… this mom also appreciated listening to Sirius radio. That remaining 10% of the time when old school Cypress Hill jams would fill the air made me very happy.
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The one thing I wish Mazda would improve on the CX-9 was the overall fuel cost. I felt for a smaller SUV, we sure were filling the tank up a lot throughout the week. Considering majority of my time is spent running errands around town and not on highway miles, this is a big factor to consider. Then again, the ride sure is comfy. It could be considered a nice trade off. MSRP $38,825
Photo credits: Nicole Standley
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