Mazda surprises us
By Phillip Jones on
2008 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring 4dr SUV (3.7L 6cyl 6A)
Bought this new a year ago. Driven it to California and back (Dallas). Really enjoy the drive, interior room, fuel mileage, nav system, and performance. Engine performs nicely. Rear entertainment system is nice: kids really like it. Powered rear door/hatch is really handy. A/C is powerful. 3rd row seats are split, and easy to bring up and put down. This is our first Mazda and we're really impressed with this vehicle. I've hit speeds up to 85mph and the CX9 handled well.
Engine is a solid performer. Corners well, more car-like than my 2007 4Runner. The 6-speed transmission is smooth. Gadgetry is well-placed. Gauges are colorful at night and easy to see. Audio system is decent...not quite as good as the upgraded JBL in my 4Runner.
Nav system screen is difficult to read during daytime when sun shines in the windows. Audio system has too much sound in center speaker, and there is no control for adjusting. Memory seating is nice, but the key fobs keep losing the ability to trigger the memory seating.