2008 Mazda CX-9 Long-Term Road Test

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2008 Mazda CX-9: Long Distance Driving

March 26, 2008

2008 Mazda CX-9 -- Brent Romans

In the last seven days, I've put about 900 miles onto our long-term Mazda CX-9. A lot of this mileage came from last weekend's trip to visit my in-laws, which is about 300 miles each way of mostly freeway driving.

The CX-9 has been a great vehicle to have. For the trip, the Mazda had plenty of room for my wife, eight-month-old daughter and our associated gear and luggage.

The driver seat is comfortable and supportive, and I've been able to dial in a perfect driving position. Visibility is pretty decent for large crossover, and road noise is within acceptable limits. If there's a complaint, it might be the ride is a tad bit too firm for lots of highway driving.

Oh, and fuel economy is what I'd describe as mediocre. I averaged 21 mpg for my driving. At least I was able to push past 350 miles between fill ups.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 10,375 miles

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