The family’s growing. The kids have friends and sports no longer have an off-season. You’re in the market for a 3-row SUV. Sure, the neighbors all have Pilots and Highlanders but you go your own way. And that’s where Mazda fits in with the CX-9; a distinctly unique take on the family mobile.I’ve always been a fan of the CX-9, even going back to its first generation which ended when this beauty arrived 3 years ago. It’s about as handsome as a 3-row gets, is sized accordingly and drives with a passion not usually seen in this segment. Mazda is a small company that knows if it wants to compete with the big boys it has to go its own way by offering something unique; wooing buyers to the Japanese brand as an exciting alternative.