Mazda gave me a CX 9 for an afternoon while I was still deciding. It will out handle the Enclave at the cost of stiffer ride. Wind noise similar in both (low) but tire noise considerably more on the CX9, especially on coarse pavement. For me I felt to confined in the CX9. I'm 6 feet & 200 lbs. The CX9 felt like it didn't have the knee room(side to side) The transmission definitley behaved better going up small inclines. It would shift down & stay there but it was more hesitant to shift back into 6th. I could not tell any difference in power both from a stand still or in passing ( it had the 3.7 liter.) After driving I would have chosen the Enclave and after they gave me the numbers for a 2 year lease, almost $400 a month more it was a nobrainer. The freeway I drive on is not in good shape with a lot of tar strips & cracks & the Enclave was far superior over the rough stuff. Kep in mind this is just my opinion.jr7243 said:Just curious to see if anyone did and what they thought.
Do they happen to have the reliabilty rating in there for the enclave yet? I am very curious what they have to say in regards to that area.Halle's mom said:I was seriously looking at either the CX7 or CX9 before I discovered the Enclave. Then I compared the differences, and getting the CX9 fully equipped was close to the same price as the Enclave, and the Enclave is much more luxurious, more comfortable/roomy, and IMO more beautiful. When I test drove the Enclave that sealed it for me. I pulled up next to a CX7 the other day at a stop light, and thought to myself how glad I was that I chose the Enclave. The Mazda's nice, but just not as much vehicle as the Enclave. Also, the newest Consumer Reports doesn't give the Mazda that great of ratings in the reliability department. Something to consider.
what model enclave do you have? 10000 less would put the mazda over 50000.KCorey said:I looked at the CX-9 last September...it is a nice looking car, but... First off, it's not a true 8 passenger. By that, I mean, the middle seat is a bench seat, but the rear seat really only seats 2 small people (or maybe 3 children). Full sized adults would have a lot of leg trouble. Next, the Enclave is really appointed nicer. I don't want to say that either of them are luxurious, but the Enclave looks and feels better. Third, the ride in the Enclave was noticeably more quiet and much smoother. I really didn't notice acceleration or pulling power (that's not an issue with me). And the price of the Enclave was about 10 Grand less!
:welcome: to the forum! Glad you gave the USA a chance. we need the jobs! The E is a beautiful cruiser. While you see some complaints here, both legitimate and unusual, bear in mind most of us have nothing but praise for this sled and would by it again!!chazcron said:My wife dismissed it solely on the fact that it did not come with a tan interior option. She has had her fill of grey plastic. I thought the CX9's third row seating was cramped and more difficult to get into. The Enclave is more luxorious in feel than the CX9. It feels good to buy American, and to see Buick make a turnaround and actually appeal to the under 50 crowd. We eventually ordered a CXL, my first GM product, and after several weeks are quite happy with the purchase.