When our lease on our Honda Pilot was up, we were looking to downsize, not needing a third row seat. Drove the CX-7 and did not find it had enough power. Drove the CX-9 and liked the handling and style. Compared the CX-9 to Nissan Murano and Toyota Venza and went with the Mazda. It turns out to be longer than the Pilot and the gas mileage not any better. So much for downsizing!