We had a year left on the lease of our Mazda6 Signature, which we truly loved but my wife’s recent knee replacement surgery made getting in and out difficult for her. I had been reading that used car values are appreciating so I looked up it’s trade in value on several sites and it appeared to be higher than my buyout of the lease. This surprised me since we leased the 6 with only first month payment and fees down. I called the dealership where I leased the 6 to see what they could do. They offered me $1300 more than the buyout which was an average of what KBB, NADA and Edmunds was quoting. We test drove the only two ’21 CX-9s they had and settled on this gorgeous GT. The other 9 was the Carbon Edition. I had the dealer take the crappy Bridgestone Ecopia OEM tires off the GT and replace them with Michelins. What an improvement! It made this already great vehicle amazingly smooth and quiet….eerily quiet. I have had Lexus, Acura and Infiniti cars that were not this quiet. So far I am happy with our decision to get into an SUV. We only leased it for 2 years (in case her knee gets better and I change my mind on having an SUV) . Right now my wife is happy…so I am happy. The 9 is proving to be better in some areas while leaving me a little wanting in others. But it is a great vehicle and best in the mid priced 3 row class IMO.