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2015 Mazda CX-9

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. 

2015 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring FWD

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. 

Fullerton CA | The JetSet Family

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. 

artside studio Fullerton | The JetSet Family

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. 

Samurai Sushi Fullerton | The JetSet Family

And finally, one of our favorite Sunday afternoon spots is the Fullerton Arboretum and The Heritage House near Cal State Fullerton. 

Fullerton Arboretum | The JetSet Family

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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Written by Nicole Standley

Nicole Standley

Founder + Creative Officer, Nicole Standley, shares her favorite trends in travel, food + wine, fashion, health, and fun on The JetSet Family and is a long time travel + lifestyle contributor for CBS Los Angeles, Huffington Post, and Hilton Hotels. She is a brand ambassador for Netflix and O, The Oprah Magazine, and has been named Top Family Travel Blogger by Trip Advisor and Red Tricycle. Follow her on Instagram at: nicoleDstandley

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12 COMMENTS
  • Jeanette April 17, 2015

    What a fun trip to take with your kids! I used to have A CR-V from Honda and I agree the gas tanks should be a little larger. We filled our tanks a lot because of this. I love the look of this car, looks like they took their time and figure out what works in a car.

  • harriet April 17, 2015

    How fun! My sister lives not too far from there

  • Heather April 17, 2015

    It looks like a nice ride. We got a fully loaded vehicle last year and don’t regret a si gle moment of driving it. It’s lovely!

  • Terri Ramsey Beavers April 17, 2015

    That’s a really nice ride and I love how much room it seems to have. The rearview cam would be my selling point.

  • Scott April 18, 2015

    Be thankful that gas is as low as it is right now. My truck only gets 15mpg and it hurts so bad whenever I have to fill up!

  • Rosey April 18, 2015

    I have a third row in my vehicle. It’s definitely handy and I’ll miss it when I upgrade because i intend to get something smaller.

  • katrina g April 19, 2015

    looks like a great car! i’m looking for a new SUV. my baby is on it’s last leg.

  • Chelley @ AisForAdelaide April 19, 2015

    Such a great car! I always hear such wonderful tings about Mazdas, as a whole.

  • Amy @ Marvelous Mommy April 19, 2015

    Oh so pretty! I’ve never owned a Mazda before. I just got a new Honda last week!

  • Trisha April 19, 2015

    The CX-9 looks like a great family vehicle! We’re in the market for a new vehicles so I’ll definitely take the Mazda and its great features into consideration. I’d actually love to test drive one!

  • valmg @ Mom Knows It All April 24, 2015

    I love the size of crossover SUVs such as this one. I haven’t driven or ridden in this one. I’m sort of surprised about the gas mileage, how bad was it?

  • Shop with Me Mama (Kim) June 23, 2015

    I love the color of this car, so pretty and shiny! Looks pretty roomy too!

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