The three-row CX-9 is a bit of a hidden gem. It's agile, comfortable, quiet, and nicely finished. Power comes from a smooth and refined 3.7-liter V6, but its 16 mpg overall is not stellar by today's standards. Handling is taut and agile, and the ride is firm and steady yet comfortable. The cabin is quiet and interior trim is attractive and well assembled. Like many SUVs, the 60/40-split second-row seats slide fore and aft for greater second- or third-row leg room. The third-row seat is relatively hospitable and easy to access. The optional blind-spot detection system works well. Reliability has been well above average.