While this vehicle uses Mazda's Advanced Keyless Entry and Start System, there is still a sort of pseudo retractable key for those not quite ready to start the car without an actual key in the ignition. Just because I'm comfortable with push button starts doesn't mean others are (such as my Mother, who I've literally watched throw a tantrum over not knowing how to start one of these types of vehicles).
The 7-passenger seating is perfect for my family of 5, between the car seats and friends we are always carting around. The 3rd row seating very easily folds down for extra space in the cargo area as if you would even need it with the extra under floor storage. We were huge fans of the 5.8" Color Touchscreen Display with Bose® Centerpoint® Surround Sound System with AudioPilot®. Being such a musically motivated family, the quality sound and display was awesome for drives to work and sports games.
Hopefully becoming a standard for all vehicles, the Grand Touring includes the Rear Camera Display and Sensors. This way you can keep an eye out as you back up for more than just moving objects (children, grocery carts) but possible bikes parked behind you or even trees or barriers. There is advanced front air bags, front side-impact air bags, side-impact air curtains, and 3-point seat belts for all seating positions, standard in all Mazda CX-9's.
The security and safety of this vehicle and all its features are absolutely fantastic. You can rest assured you and your family are very well protected when driving in this vehicle. I really can't say enough great things about the 2015 Mazda CX-9! I have to tell you this is one sharp car! The sporty look gave me the opportunity to feel like I was driving one of my "younger" vehicles again all with the safety which is a necessity now with kids.
Available to Purchase/Cost: Starting at $35,035 2015 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring
Recommendation: While this seems pretty pricey, remember this is for the Grand Touring. The Sport starts at $29,985 with a lot of the same features. This is a vehicle I would definitely recommend to any family or even couples looking for more space! I seriously love the look and comfort of this one from Mazda!