2008 Mazda CX-9 Long-Term Road Test

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2008 Mazda CX-9: Beyond Hauling Stuff

April 25, 2008

We've spent some long days at the track this week, and our long-term 2008 Mazda CX-9 has dutifully served as the primary support vehicle. With its third-row seat folded into the floor, it of course offers plenty of room for all manner of testing and camera equipment.

At the Streets of Willow road course in Rosamond, California, where it's definitely not summer yet, the Mazda's emptied cargo bay also provided a suitable refuge from the desert sun and 30-mph winds. Undoubtedly, a couple adults could fit in the back of almost any midsize SUV, but the CX-9's bay seems particularly comfortable.

The carpeting is soft with a smidgen of padding underneath and there are no major seams in the floor. The cargo tie-downs are mounted at the bottom of the side panels, so they don't get in the way. Best of all, I could sit back here and still have a good view of everything happening on the track.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ about 13,800 miles

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