2008 Mazda CX-9: Comparisons are Flattering
March 10, 2008
An occupational hazard of working for Edmunds.com is that you become an eternal car shopper. After only minutes behind the wheel of our 2008 CX-9 I began wondering what it cost and could I afford it. Being a savvy shopper I knew I needed to compare my theoretical purchase to other hypothetical purchases. A small part of me hoped the Mazda wouldn't compare well, I could rule it out and reclaim my peace of mind.
Using our "Compare Vehicles" tab, it said that the CX-9 competes against the 2008 Acura MDX, 2008 Buick Enclave, 2008 Saturn Outlook and the 2008 Volvo XC90. Of these vehicles the Mazda (base MSRP of $31,615) is also the cheapest (except for the Saturn at a base MSRP of $30,670 minus incentives). More importantly, the Mazda is probably the most driveable of the vehicles in the group.
Probing a little deeper though, there was some sobering news. In this group, the Mazda's depreciation wasn't as strong as I had hoped. Of the five vehicles, the resale value of the Acura was the strongest by far. Many would say that Acura has lost its edge and that Mazda is every bit as capable. But buyer's opinions about automotive brands change slowly and depreciation costs are real.
Moral of the story, before you buy, test drive the numbers too.
Philip Reed, Edmunds.com senior consumer advice editor @9,272 miles