Best 3rd CUV on the market for the price
By ceric on
2008 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.7L 6cyl 6A)
I chose among Highlander, Pilot and CX9. Pilot is too ugly for my taste. Highlander is too expensive with ultra-cheap 3rd row and non-splittable. CX9 is the best deal out there. I was worrying about the reliability like most potential buyers would be. No problem for me after 1 year. Mazda service in my area is also superb. Loaners for repairs (TSB, etc.) and major services. The bottom like is that CX9 drives like a BMW X5 with more than $20K saved in your bank.
HID, SmartKey, BlindSpor Monitoring, rain-sensing wiper, auto on/off headlights.
Direct Injection will definitely help this engine achieve better MPG. Shorter 1st gear will also help as well. Great MPG on highway. Saving a couple hundred pounds won't hurt either.