The CX-9 was great! It was comfortable, quiet, and handled surprisingly well, but it just came with TERRIBLE tires from the factory. I've never felt less safe driving in the winter than I did with that car and with the OEM Bridgestone Ecopias that came with it from the factory. Replacement tires made successive winter driving experiences MUCH better.I had a 2013 BMW 535xi that I traded in for my TLX. I felt like I was living on borrowed time with the BMW and I was disappointed with the way that the 8 year old car had no technology support from BMW anymore. That said, that 5 series was the best car that I've ever had and very dependable overall. Two gaskets and routine maintenance in 4 and 1/2 years of ownership. There is a reason why the 5 series sells for $20k-30k more than the TLX. They are far better cars. That said, I wouldn't own an older one that I needed to depend on at all.
I do agree that the TLX is a great balance of performance, luxury and price. I'm hoping that the TLX does prove more reliable and that I can be driving it for a while. When my car is out of warranty, I plan on doing a ktune if there isn't a better option.
I did find it interesting that you also had a CX-9.....that's what my wife drives right now.
My wife ended up getting an SUV though (she didn't want to take on the CX-9 because she didn't want something that big) and we simply didn't need two so I bought something fun, a VW GTI, since my family has had a couple before. I found that the nostalgia of having those GTIs misled me into getting something less comfortable than I'd like in my (relatively) older age though. The GTI also turned out to be a tighter fit than expected with a family (my previous GTI experiences were from me being single/dating and without children). I thought I had researched it well enough as a family vehicle, but sometimes real-life experience is needed to really feel some things out. The GTI is an amazing and fun car, and I'll always look back at my time with them positively (for the most part), but they're just not for me these days.