2008 Mazda CX-9 Long-Term Road Test

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2008 Mazda CX-9: Show Me the Light

September 16, 2008

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After five nights straight in our long term 2008 Mazda CX-9, I'm convinced it has the unusually weak headlamps. They don't seem to be on. I keep double and triple checking the switch and the reflection in the car I'm following just to make sure. And my wife, always the backseat driver, keeps asking me, "Are your lights on?"

Now, we have a CX-9 Touring, which is the middle of three trim levels and comes with the same halogen headlamps as the base Sport model. The top of the line Grand Touring trim comes standard with Xenon Hight Intensity Discharge lights or HIDs (shown in photo) and a set of foglights, which our Touring model does not have.

The illumination seems to be worth the money.

Scott Oldham, Edmunds.com Editor in Chief @ 21,626 miles

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