2008 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring 4dr SUV (3.7L 6cyl 6A)
I have been looking for the perfect large SUV to replace our 04 Chevy Venture that was totaled about three weeks ago, and found it in the CX-9. At first look it is sexy but seemingly too small for my family of 6. But I took one for a test drive to my wife, and we fell in love. It was a base sport model and I was still impressed. The interior design is a 10+, handling is great. I pushed the engine out to about 5000 or 6000 rpm before shifting in manual mode and the tranny was still silky smooth. I had to check the readout to be sure that I even shifted gears. All of my kids fit surprisingly well with two boosters and one car seat.
Space, interior, exterior design, the tranny, power and features.
Twenty-two inch chrome wheels would have put this thing the class it deserves. Open up the front bumper a little more to complete the aggressive look. Four headrest monitors instead of the overhead style. A little more snap to the engine off the line, and fog lights standard.
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