2008 Mazda CX-9 Consumer Review: CX-9 = Practical and Fun

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CX-9 = Practical and Fun
By Kevin on


2008 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.7L 6cyl 6A)


I compared Highlander, Outlook/Acadia/Enclave, Veracruz, and the CX-9. They all were very well designed, spacious CUVs, but the CX-9 was the only vehicle that was exciting to look at and fun to drive. I have had my CX-9 for 3 weeks and driven about 700 miles. The CX-9 is a very spacious, practical vehicle, and it is about as close to driving a sport sedan as a CUV can get. The Grand Touring 20" wheels do ride slighly stiffer than the 18" wheels on the Touring, but I don't find it objectionable. The interior is quiet at cruise, but you can still hear the engine growl under acceleration. Handling seems nimble for such a large vehicle.

Best Features

Cockpit design with blue led "mood lighting", voice activated bluetooth phone and navigation system, Keyless entry combined with seat memory, rain sensing wipers, back up camera, power hatch, Bose sound system.

Worst Features

Trip computer with gas mileage integrated into navigation system.
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