So I wanted to do this for my wife and surprise her, but I wanted her to test drive some things too. She's been driving boring minivans for 10 years and wanted a change. So we went to Mazda today and test drove.
She really liked the look of the CX-7, but when she test drove it, she hated the loud road noise, the stiff ride, and the harsh turbo kick-in-the-pants. And she wasn't wild about the visibility issues it had.
So the salesperson talked her into driving the CX-9. We thought there was NO WAY we could afford it, but she LOVED the thing. The 3.5L has a nice, smooth kick to it. The AWD is a nice feature, and it is ROOMY as all get-out. It had BOSE, a moonroof, and auto climate control.
We ended up with monthly payments a bit higher than we wanted, but she's in love with the car and says we can manage the payments.
So here's my graduation gift to her:
It's a crappy pic, taken with my cellphone. I'll get more photos later, once the rain moves out.