Mazda CX-9 Packing and Gas Mileage

Three legs down and only one more to go. This was the shortest leg of the four, and the CX-9 fared all right. Packing it was far easier than packing the Journey. First, the damage for Leg 3:

  • We drove a total of 495.9 miles, split between 268.5 miles of mostly short trips and 227.4 miles of wide-open interstate driving.
  • 8 hours (split over three days) with the wife and three kids
  • We averaged 15.61 mpg in short-trip driving, 20.14 mpg on the interstate, and 17.77 mpg overall
  • Roughly 28 gallons of gas consumed
  • Average cost of $3.79 a gallon
  • Total fuel cost of $107.90
  • Highest gas price seen on this leg: $4.39 a gallon in Washington, D.C.
  • Lowest gas price: $3.49 a gallon in Mechanicsburg, Pa.

The CX-9 wound up with the worst mileage (by far) so far on the trip. The CX-9 certainly felt sprightly, albeit noisy, and felt a lot roomier than the Journey.

As for packing the CX-9, it was much easier than the Journey.

The layout of the seats was virtually identical to the Journey’s setup, including the 50/50-split third row, with some space behind the third row. The difference was a little extra width to the car and about 6 to 9 inches of additional space behind the third row. This time around, the bags didn’t block my view of the road (although I still tried to keep up my safer driving ways).

One of the key features on the CX-9 that I really liked was the sensors that warned me, both visually and audibly, that cars were in my blind spot on either side. Given the monster traffic we were traveling in as we left Washington, D.C., it was great to be able to glance at the side mirrors and see if there was a car moving alongside without having to lean farther forward to see. The CX-9 also has chimes that warn you when you turn on your blinkers if someone is in one of your blind spots. Of course, it couldn’t tell the difference between cars and the center divider in some situations, but common sense prevailed then.

Once again, the kid in the third row wasn’t thrilled with being there, but the DVD player helped keep them all happy. A couple of flaws with that DVD player, though: First, it drops down really far out of the ceiling, and my 11-year-old bonked his head on it a couple of times. And second, when setting the stereo to play the DVD audio through the CX-9’s speakers, I had to set it to RSES, which of course means Rear Screen Entertainment System. I think DVD or Rear TV would have made a lot more sense.

Next up, our final car, the 2009 Honda Pilot. I’ve been in it before, but this will be a much longer drive.

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