Living the Beach Dream in the Mazda CX-9

Thanks to Drive Shop and Mazda I got to zip around Cocoa Beach, Florida in the Mazda CX-9 last month for our end of the summer girls trip.

At home I’m a minivan mama so I wasn’t sure what it would be like zipping around in a sporty SUV. Spoiler alert: I LOVED it! Wheels that don’t scream hockey mom? Sign me up!


Instead, it screamed sporty, fun, luxury. And it felt so nice.


The exterior was machine gray and the interior was auburn. It truly felt like we were driving a luxury, sporty SUV around town.





Mazda CX-9 interior features:

7 passenger seating

Leather seats and leather covered steering wheel

2nd row sunshades

Heated front seats

Push button start

Advanced Keyless entry

Bose AM/FM/HD/SAT speakers

8″ color display with rear camera

Aluminum and Rosewood interior trim

Navigation System

Sirius Satellite Radio


Third row seating for the win!

Mazda CX-9 exterior features:

20″ alloy wheels

Power open/close rear lift gate

Power Moonroof


Safety features:

Rear back up sensors

Lane departure warning

Smart Brake support

Traction Control and Roll Stability


We picked up the car in Orlando and headed to Cocoa where we mostly used the car for trips to the beach or for pool breaks. I loved the feel of the sporty, luxury car.

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Having our own wheels definitely made our girls trip!


Have you ever driven a Mazda CX-9? 

Disclosure: Thanks to Drive Shop and Mazda I was loaned this vehicle free of charge during our trip to Cocoa Beach. All opinions and photos are 100% mine.